Paris-based International Union of Railways (Union Internationale des Chemin de Fer, or UIC) says it will officially launch its Declaration on Sustainable Mobility and Transport campaign May 11 in New York. UIC says it has signatures from 43 railways, representing more than 60% of the total passenger rail market around the world, in support of the campaign. UIC hopes to demonstrate rail’s commitment to be at the heart of sustainable transport systems.
UIC has timed the event to coincide with the Unitied Nations Commission for Sustainable Development discussions (CSD19), which will include discussions on transport policy. UIC says it has been working closely with U.N. CSD officials and partner organizations, to provide information about the environmental, social and economic value of railways.
The UIC Declaration on Sustainable Mobility and Transport was launched last October and lists the most important sustainable development goals for the global railway sector. In signing the declaration, member railways are making a public commitment to work towards these objectives and provide progress reports.
UIC is also developing a reporting framework and set of indicators to track progress in implementing the goals of the Declaration. The results of this reporting process should be announced at the Rio +20 conference in June 2012.