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The European Union and AFD sign an agreement with Ecuador to promote its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

Quito, Ecuador, September 23. - Under the framework of the European Union-funded EUROCLIMA+ programme, on July 22 a collaborative agreement

was signed between the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP) of Ecuador, to implement the National Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of that country.

The financing agreement was made in the offices of the European Union Delegation in Quito for a non-refundable amount of 500 thousand euros. It will contribute to environmental sustainability and climate-resilient development.

The event was attended by the ambassador of the European Union in Ecuador, Marianne Van Steen; the Deputy Director of AFD in Ecuador, Céline Bernadat; and the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jorge Aurelio Hidalgo Zavala.

Marianne Van Teen celebrated the signing of this agreement to promote carbon reduction.

“Climate change is a great challenge and one of the greatest challenges facing the international community today. For this reason, we welcome the signing of this agreement that promotes actions in favour of sustainable urban mobility while encouraging carbon reduction.”

Ecuador's NUMP will consider the improvement of bus and truck units; knowledge of routes, frequencies and unit locations; promotion of non-motorised transport; economic incentives to reduce greenhouse gases; and planning for land use and urban mobility.

For his part, Hidalgo Zavala said: “Today, we are present to make effective the technical and financial support of the European Union and the French Government through AFD. The creation of this policy aims to guarantee all people equal access to opportunities through inclusive, accessible, solidarity-based and low-emission transport.

With this agreement, the commitments of the Paris Agreement and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, will be met.

About the French Development Agency 

AFD is a public and solidarity-based bank, committed to projects that concretely improve the quality of life of populations in developing countries, emerging countries and French overseas territories and collectivities. AFD intervenes in several sectors –energy, health, biodiversity, water, digital innovation, training– and accompanies the transition to a safer, fairer and more sustainable world: a common world. Its action is fully in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Present in 115 countries through a network of 85 agencies, AFD currently finances, monitors and supports more than 4,000 development projects. In 2018, ADF invested 11.4 billion euros in financing projects in developing countries as well as French territories and overseas collectivities.

About the European Union

The European Union is made up of 28 countries that have progressively pooled their know-how, resources and destinations. Over a period of 60 years, they have constituted an area of stability, democracy and sustainable development, while preserving cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. It is always committed to sharing its achievements and values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.


EUROCLIMA+ is a programme funded by the European Union to promote environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient development in 18 Latin American countries, particularly for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations. The Programme is implemented under the synergistic work of seven agencies: Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), French Development Agency (AFD), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Expertise France (EF), Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), and UN Environment.

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