Sustainable Mobility for All (Sum4All)

May 27, 2017


Sustainable Mobility for All will be featured at the International Transport Forum 2017 from May 31-June 2 in Leipzig, Germany. Be sure to drop by our booth: No. 17, Level +1

Reinventing Transport: It’s About Seizing opportunities…

The performance of the transport sector is continuously improving. Moving people and goods around the world is now faster, cheaper, and more efficient than ever.

  • Better, more diverse mobility options have opened up access to jobs, markets, education, and health care services for millions of people around the world.
  • Journeys that once took weeks or even months can now be completed within a day thanks to commercial air travel.
  • The introduction of bigger and faster cargo ships has allowed larger quantities of goods to be transported quicker and farther, giving a major boost to global trade.

… and Overcoming Challenges

  • The number of vehicles on the road is expected to double and reach two billion by 2050.
  • While motorization is on the rise, one billion people in low-income countries still lack access to an all-weather road.
  • More than 1.25 million people are killed and up to 50 million are injured on the world’s roads every year. Low and middle-income countries account for 90% of road fatalities, even though they own just half of the world’s motor vehicles.
  • Transport is also responsible for 64% of global oil consumption and 23% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions—a proportion that is quickly increasing.
  • Around 185,000 deaths a year are directly attributed to the pollution from motor vehicles.

Making Transport Better: A Global Responsibility

The global community has a shared responsibility to optimize the benefits of transport and to ensure the sector can move in a direction that is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.

Fortunately, the international community is increasingly focusing its attention on the sustainable mobility agenda. Several global agreements have been adopted recently to tackle these issues and set a pathway for the next 15 years. Among them are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the world’s development agenda until 2030—which include several targets on transport-related goals such as road safety, urban mobility, rural access, and climate change.

At the national level, many governments are also taking action to change transport for the better.

Sustainable Mobility for All

It is from that global momentum that the Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) initiative emerged. SuM4All is a multi-stakeholder partnership that speaks with one voice and acts collectively to help transform the transport sector.

Our ambition is to make mobility:

  • Equitable: ensure everyone has access to good-quality transport to reduce economic and social disparities
  • Efficient: allow people and goods to move from A to B quickly and seamlessly
  • Safe: halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents
  • Clean: lower the environmental footprint of the sector to combat climate change and pollution.

Who We Are

SuM4All brings together a diverse and high-level group of stakeholders committed to transforming mobility. They include:

  • Multilateral Developments Banks
  • United Nations Agencies, Programs, and Regional Commissions
  • Bilateral donor organizations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Global civil society organizations
  • Academic institutions

Our partners will be instrumental in turning the sustainable mobility vision into reality (see complete list of partners on the back cover).

Our Ambition

SuM4All aims to reshape the global mobility agenda through:

  • Advocacy: One of our main objectives is to add coherence to international, national, and local transport policy and investment. More predictable and consistent policy will be key to attracting investment and making real change happen.
  • Action: Our partners bring a proven track record of turning ambitious ideas into action, and supporting governments on their paths toward sustainable mobility.
  • Financing: Finally, Sum4All and its partners are working to leverage the financing required to implement sustainable mobility policies and investment around the globe.

For more information:






  • 10 - 19 - UN High-level Political Forum (New-York)



  • 12 - 25 - 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (New York)
  • Fall 2017 - US-China Transport Forum, (Beijing, China)



  • 13 - 15 - 2017 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund



  • TBD - 3rd GTF Consortium Meeting
  • 9 - 17 - COP23 (Bonn)
  • 14 - 17 – World road meeting (IRF) (New Delhi)



  • 7 - 11 - Transportation Research Board Meeting (Washington)
  • 11 - 12 - Transforming Transportation (Washington)