Project Description: The GPST Guidelines for Governments and Businesses on the Implementation of UN General Assembly Resolutions


Today, the development of sustainable transport including the delivery of accessible, cost effective and sustainable mobility represents a major challenge for countries and regions. The achievement of sustainable transport systems ensures greater connectivity with the world markets and expanded business opportunities. However, the benefits of sustainable transport also impose more stringent requirements in terms of safety and security, reducing the impact on the environment and climate change, and improving energy efficiency.

As a result, the international community is increasingly prioritising sustainable transport at the multilateral level through the adoption of United Nations General Assembly resolutions that contain recommendations for action at the national level by governments, their development partners and by businesses. The practical effect of UN Resolutions rests on their adoption by Member states and their effective implementation. Recognising this, the GPST has developed guidelines for governments and businesses to facilitate the implementation of UN Resolutions.

The purpose and objectives of the Guidelines

The purpose of the guidelines is to assist Governments in the task of turning the recommendations set out in the UN Resolutions into sound national policies. The guidelines also address the interests of the private sector by assisting businesses to identify new business opportunities that are implicit in many of the recommendations set out in the Resolutions. The end result are win-win outcomes that empower Governments in policy enhancement while simultaneously empowering businesses to explore, innovate, create and build opportunities for growth.

Combined with other measures at the national and international levels, such efforts may go a long way to accelerate growth and development at the country level and to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, the outcomes may also facilitate national reporting on countries’ progress in the implementation of the SDGs as mandated by the UN Secretary General. Perhaps even more important is that concerted actions between Governments and the private sector will build trust and set the stage for truly collaborative development paths over the long-term.