Uruguay generates a participatory process for its sustainable mobility policy

With the participation of government, civil society, academia and the private sector, the country is moving towards national electric mobility.

Uruguay, September 28, 2020. - In order to generate national policies that are harmonious and benefit everyone, it is important to listen to the needs and interests of people from all sectors. This is why Uruguay developed the participatory process workshop "Towards a Sustainable Urban Mobility Policy".

This event was developed under the framework of the EUROCLIMA+ programme and took place in a face-to-face and virtual way on September 8 and 10. It brought together various government actors - Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Housing and Territorial Planning, Ministry of Transport and Public Works, and the Ministry of Economy and Finance – as well as the private sector, academia and civil society.

"This space makes us take into account the opinion of all sectors, which would otherwise be impossible to receive contributions from so many different actors. It helps us to build the idea that electric mobility is part of sustainable urban mobility and not the centre. It helps us to look for where we can contribute," said Diego Betancur, Head of Electrical Mobility Projects at UTE, a Public Electricity Company.

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During the two days of the workshop, the diagnosis on urban mobility in the country was completed and collectivised, inputs were identified for the "Vision 2050 for Sustainable Urban Mobility in Uruguay", alternative objectives for the National Policy on Sustainable Urban Mobility were formulated, and concrete measures for its implementation were preliminarily identified.

As of 2018, Uruguay became a beneficiary country of the EUROCLIMA+ programme to receive technical and financial support in the construction of a National Programme for the Promotion of Urban Electric Mobility, which will contain a vision, objectives, strategic lines and concrete measures. As part of the project, a diagnosis of mobility in the country was carried out in 2019 through technical consultancy and departmental workshops. Previously, a preparatory workshop and sectoral meetings were held to lay the foundations for discussing the vision of this policy with the comprehensive viewpoint of different actors.

During the first day of the participatory workshop, the process and methodology for the formulation of the National Policy for Sustainable Urban Mobility was presented, as well as the results of the diagnosis through participatory work. Finally, a discussion was held to identify views on the desirable scenario for sustainable urban mobility towards 2050 that would take into account the environmental, social, economic and enabling dimensions.

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"One would think that by 2050 mobility should be people-centred. There is an aspiration for a cultural change that will allow us to identify that people are diverse. We must break the mould of the neutral person and cross over into the dimension of gender, mobility capabilities, economic differences and accessibility. Differences that sustainable mobility should incorporate," said Laura Marrero, Gender Advisor at the Climate Change Directorate of the Uruguayan Ministry of Environment.

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In the second session of the workshop, the EUROCLIMA+ project "Promotion of Electric Urban Mobility in Uruguay", implemented by the German Society for International Cooperation, was presented, inputs were gathered for Vision 2050, Objectives and Concrete Measures for Sustainable Urban Mobility Policy were identified, and finally, alternatives, evaluation and securing steps were formulated.

The National Urban Mobility Plans and Policies (NUMP) are an action-oriented strategic framework. They are developed by national governments to improve local capacity in mobility measures for financing, planning, and implementing initiatives.

The project "Promotion of Urban Electric Mobility in Uruguay" aims to strengthen planning capacities in sustainable mobility and to lay the foundations for a National Programme to promote urban electric mobility, which includes workshops and technical guides. To learn more about the EUROCLIMA+ project, please consult the following link.


EUROCLIMA+ is a programme financed 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: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Expertise France (EF), International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), and UN Environment.

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