Transportation in Asia: Keeping the Rio+20 Promise

Feature | 4 February 2014

At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, the world's largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) pledged to step up support for sustainable transport over the coming decade. One year into their commitment, they are on target to fulfill their promise.

8: The number of multilateral development banks (MDBs) that launched the joint statement, Commitment to Sustainable Transport, in June 2012. These are the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, and World Bank.
Source: ADB news release $175 Billion to Scale Up Support for Transport Announced at Rio+20

More than $175 billion: The amount of loans and grants that the MDBs are expected to provide for transport in developing countries over the course of 10 years. These investments will help to develop more sustainable transport systems.
Source: MDBs' joint statement Commitment to Sustainable Transport

$20 billion: The amount of financing approved for transport in the first year of the Rio+20 Commitment.
Source: Progress Report (2012-2013) of the MDB Working Group on Sustainable Transport

80: The number of countries supported by the eight MDBs in the transport sector in 2012-2013.
Source: Progress Report (2012-2013) of the MDB Working Group on Sustainable Transport

5% to 10%: Direct contribution of the transport sector to most countries' gross domestic product (GDP).
Source: MDBs' joint statement Commitment to Sustainable Transport

23%: Share of world carbon dioxide emissions attributable to the transport sector. The eight MDBs are working together to promote low carbon and sustainable transport.
Source: International Energy Agency CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion: Highlights

Over 80: The number of organizations represented under the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), which the MDBs are working closely with.
Source: Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport