Transportation, fueled by the emergence of new information technologies, has a significant impact on the sustainability and inclusiveness of the world’s cities. UN estimates suggest that cities are responsible for 75% of global CO2 emissions, with transportation being among the largest contributors. Transportation also makes up the second-highest cost on the average family’s budget and can affect an individual’s ability to be employed, the combination of which places a disproportionate burden on communities that are already marginalized.
The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the way we think about transportation and mobility, altering the frequencies, distances, and ways in which we move. It has also underscored the importance of transportation and personal mobility in the development of cities especially when it comes to safety and efficiency. Women are, in this respect, especially vulnerable since they have a higher chance of facing safety issues such as harassment and assault during their daily commutes. People with disabilities also face greater challenges than their non-disabled counterparts: the few transportation and mobility options available are often inconvenient and inefficient.
The Smart and Inclusive Cities Tool, proposed by Vulog and UNESCO’s International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities – ICCAR, is a collaborative project that addresses this issue by examining the effect of new urban mobility technologies and identifying best practices to build awareness and strengthen cities’ capacities in creating smart and inclusive ecosystems.
Vulog, the international leader in new mobility technologies, has a global presence with offices in several major cities and clients on all 5 continents. It builds the solutions that power the most successful shared mobility services across the world, helping cities reach their net-zero emissions goals. The company strives to fulfill its role in the actualization of truly inclusive smart cities by working hand-in-hand with city leaders and organizers.
By working hand-in-hand with city leaders and organizers, Vulog contributes to the advancement of gender equality through its annual publication of women’s achievements in the tech, mobility, and transportation sectors and regularly publishes research on pertinent environmental topics such as the impact of private vehicle ownership on an individual’s carbon footprint. In light of Vulog and UNESCO’s shared commitment to gender equality, the collaborative “Smart and Inclusive Cities” project will give special attention to women who, according to studies, suffer from a higher degree of gender inequality compared to their male counterparts, especially regarding safety.
Vulog’s “Smart and Inclusive Cities Tool” Project’s partnership with UNESCO’s International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities – ICCAR is an important opportunity to bring together policy expertise and cutting-edge data to promote smart and inclusive urban development in cities across the world.
Both Vulog and UNESCO believe strongly that to ensure the achievement of a truly equitable society free of discrimination in this new age, a collaborative effort between those in the public and private sectors is necessary.
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