Academy of Sustainable Urban Mobility (AoSUM) 2019 cohorts keen on transferring knowledge
La Paz, Bolivia, and Sao Paolo, Brazil, 24 October 2019 - “I have had a misconception that cable cars were only for touristic purposes, however, this experience in La Paz makes me understand the suitability of cable cars as a mode of public transport for this city.”
This statement by Charles Mariki from Tanzania captured the contribution of the Academy to change mindsets of participating decision-makers towards sustainable mobility options.
Improving the quality of life is becoming increasingly important for all cities around the world while transport plays a fundamental role in achieving the city’s objectives of economic competitiveness, social inclusion, human interaction and sustainable growth. Creating sustainable transportation solutions is one of the greatest challenges facing cities today but the good news is that there are various best practice examples out there, from which the world can learn from.
It is against this background that the Academy of Sustainable Urban Mobility (AoSUM) was established by a partnership between Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH and UN-Habitat in April 2017 – illustrating a capacity building opportunity in which inspiring examples of mobility projects and solutions are being showcased. The objective of the Academy was set to equip global decision-makers with knowledge and tools to prepare feasible strategies and actions towards more sustainable, safe, accessible, and innovative mobility in their city. After a successful launch in April 2017, the third edition of the Academy was recently held in La Paz, Bolivia, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event was organised in a partnership arrangement between UN-Habitat (through its Urban Pathways project) and private sector partners including Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH, Molinari Rail, PTV Group, and Airbus. “This year we have 22 participants from 20 different counties; this illustrates the great diversity and international scale that the Academy is able to tap into” said Stefanie Holzwarth, Urban Mobility Unit, UN-Habitat, during her welcome remarks. The Academy in 2019 was flagged off by a visit to the Car-Free Sundays in La Paz as well as by experiencing the world’s most spectacular cable car system in La Paz, where Charles quoted above made his observation.