Connections is a weekly series of knowledge notes from the World Bank Group’s Transport & Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Global Practice. It covers projects, experiences, and front-line developments.
Transport was not part of the millennium
development goals (MDGs) for 2000-15, which were adopted at
the United Nations in September 2000. The omission was
widely viewed in the transport community as a missed
opportunity to use the strong linkage between transport and
economic development to advance the attainment of the MDGs.
Now a new 15-year development framework, the sustainable
development goals (SDGs) for 2015-30, are about to be
endorsed at the United Nations summit to be held September
25-27, 2015. This time, transport will be part of the
framework as a key contributor to sustainable development.
The SDGs comprise 17 goals and 169 targets; five of those
targets directly involve transport, and attaining at least
another six will critically depend on it. But efforts to
influence the post-2015 development agenda will go on after
the summit because the question of what indicators will be
used to measure success is yet to be resolved. Attention in
the transport community must now pivot toward that question
to assure the selection of the most effective measures.