What is GPST?

What we do

The GPST was created to contribute to the implementation of UN transport-related Declarations, Resolutions and other recommendations at the national, regional and international levels through advocacy, awareness generation, partnership building and through technical and analytical work. As a global, business and industry-led, multi-modal, strategic, action-oriented, multi-stakeholder platform, the GPST recognised that public-private partnerships would play a vital role in helping UN Member States to implement their decisions, in order to achieve maximum positive economic, environmental and social impact.

GPST Members and Partners also acknowledged that given the resources, expertise and competence they possess, they could be effective in translating UN Member State commitments into actionable, result-oriented recommendations that can be implemented by governments and businesses.

Since it was launched in 2015, the GPST has continued to exercise a leadership role in supporting governments to take actions to strengthen the international legal framework for sustainable transport in order to achieve progress in promoting more conducive environments for trade, transport and transit facilitation. The GPST works closely with businesses in the transport industry to identify best practices that promote global development objectives and win-win outcomes for both governments and businesses, and disseminates these best practices widely. The GPST’s unique public-private partnership model is described below:

Who should be engaged with the GPST
Through the GPST platform, governments engage in effective policy formulation to create environments ripe with opportunities for businesses to explore, while businesses bring their extensive resources in creativity and innovation to transform today’s most pressing development challenges into opportunities to achieve progress and improved livelihoods through access to basic goods and services, including transport.

When UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in August 2015, they committed to an ambitious set of objectives embodied in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While transport was not identified as a stand-alone goal, it finds relevance in each goal. However, the following stand out as being particularly important to the objective of establishing a strong, viable and implementable sustainable transport agenda for the future:

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relevant to sustainable transport

SDG Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Target 9.1 Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all

SDG Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Target 11.2 By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons

SDG Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

Target 17.16 Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries

Target 17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society Partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

The GPST encourages governments, companies from the transport industry – from all modes, and from transport-related sectors such as logistics to join to contribute to sustainable global growth in order to make poverty and lack of access to goods, services and opportunities challenges of the past. Join GPST in leading the way on the path to progress!