UN-HABITAT 23rd Governing Council Sessions, Nairobi, Kenya, 11-15 April 2011 Dr. Joan Clos, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, and Mr. MuchadeyiMasunda, Mayor of the city of Harare, inaugurated yesterday the exhibition “City Diaries: Perspectives on Sustainable Mobility”, which will be displayed on 11-15 April 2011, at the United Nations Headquarters, Nairobi.
Jointly organized by the World Urban Campaign, theUnited Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA) and the Transport Section of UN-Habitat, the Exhibition seeks to raise awareness on how cities can meet the mobility needs of their residents in a socially inclusive, economically efficient and environmentally sustainable matter.
At the Exhibition, the cities of Guangzhou and Istanbul, together with United Cities and Local Governments, SAAB andARCADIS showcase and profile initiatives, solutions and best practices adopted to face challenges on urban mobility.
Establishing systems for sustainable urban mobility is fundamental for the functioning of cities and towns across the globe and a precondition for economic prosperity and the well-being of their residents. Important components to enhance inclusion while reducing congestion, pollution accidents and greenhouse gases are spatial patterns that reduce the need for travel, promote efficient public transport systems, create safe infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists and foster mobility management and new technologies.