World Car Free Day

Article: “Transforming Guwahati into a ‘Copenhagen’” (Page6) - 23RD SEPT THE ASSAM TRIBUNE

Context: The Car Free Day on September22 every year is celebrated. It can contribute to achieving 11of the UN’s 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

About World Car Free Day: 

  • The goal is to encourage motorists to give up their cars for a day for a larger goal of a pollution-free world
  • In 2000, car free days went global with a World Car free Day program launched by Car busters, now World Car free Network, and in the same year the Earth Car Free Day collaborative program of the Earth Day Network and the World Car Free Days collaborative.
  • Currently Bogotá holds the world's largest car-free weekday event covering the entire city.


About SDG:

  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future".
  • The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly (UN-GA) and are intended to be achieved by 2030.
  • They are included in a UN-GA Resolution called the 2030 Agenda or what is colloquially known as Agenda 2030.
  • The SDGs were developed in the Post-2015 Development Agenda as the future global development framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals which were ended in 2015.
  • The 17 SDGs are: No poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, Reduced Inequality, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life On Land, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, Partnerships for the Goals.