Rural Transport and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On 1 January 2016, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, consisting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially came into force. Over the next 15 years countries have pledged to implement the SDGs and will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Rural Transport has a unique position in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Although there is no dedicated target on transport in general and rural transport in specific, improvements in rural transport infrastructure and services will be key for achieving at least 9 of the 17 SDGs: this included SDG 1 (No Poverty), 2 (Zero Hunger), 3 (Good Health and Well-being), 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and 13 (Climate Action).
ReCAP-SLoCaT Project on Rural Transport

The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) is promoting the improvement of rural transport in partnership with, and support of the UK Aid-funded Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP). A new joint project, “Promotion of Sustainable Rural Access in the implementation of the 2030 Global Agenda on Sustainable Development,” began implementation in November 2016 with the objective to further promote sustainable rural access as a viable component of the implementation strategies for achieving the SDGs and to ensure its inclusion in the high-level, multi-lateral development discourse on sustainable transport and rural development.
Survey Objective

The SLoCaT Partnership is now developing a set of key messages on rural transport and SDGs, which will serve as the cornerstone of advocacy materials used by SLoCaT in various media channels, publications, and promotional materials on outreach on rural transport in the context of the ongoing ReCAP project.

In this survey, you will find the following 12 suggested topics organized under five themes on rural transport and the SDGs:

Theme 1: Interaction between rural transport and Development
1.1 Suggested Topic: National Growth Strategies
1.2 Suggested Topic: Poverty alleviation
1.3 Suggested Topic: Zero hunger and food security

Theme 2: Transport as precondition for rural access
2.1 Suggested Topic: Access to markets
2.2 Suggested Topic: Access to essential services
2.3 Suggested Topic: Inclusive transport – elderly, disabled people, gender equality
2.4 Suggested Topic: Sustainable rural transport services

Theme 3: Financing and maintaining rural roads
3.1 Suggested Topic: Improve maintenance of existing networks
3.2 Suggested Topic: Financing and Resourcing Rural Transport Infrastructure
3.3 Suggested Topic: Improved Asset Management

Theme 4: Rural transport and climate change adaptation
4.1 Suggested Topic: Ensure sustained use of available limited rural transport resources

Theme 5: Measuring Rural Transport
5.1 Suggested Topic: Improving rural Access requires better measurement of access

We would like to hear your views on which themes and topics should be prioritized in our advocacy activities and whether there are key elements that we forgot to include. We are also interested in whether you, or your organization, can help us to disseminate these key messages on rural transport.

We expect that the survey will take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

This consultation process will run until 15 February, 2017. The results of the online survey will contribute to the selection of a final list of five key messages on rural transport and SDGs. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the results of this online survey please indicate so at the end of the survey.

For more information, please visit or contact Alice Yiu, Program Manager, SLoCaT Partnership at
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