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Intergovernmental Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia

 

The United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) and the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, has been jointly organising the Intergovernmental Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum in Asia since 2005. The Regional EST Forum comprises: (1) high-level government representatives (from the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Transport, and the Ministry of Health); and (2) a subsidiary group of experts in various thematic areas related to EST.

 

The EST Forum is a key regional platform to facilitate policy dialogues, provide a strategy for sharing best practices, policy instruments, tools, technologies  among Asian countries. It provide advisory support for and the implementation of national EST strategies and action plans. For years, SLOCAT has been an active player at the regional EST Forum by providing technical input, strategic recommendations and event facilitation.

13th Regional EST Forum in Asia  10 -11 November 2020  Webinar

Changing the course of Asia‘s transport sector through transformational change

 

The Forum is co-organised by the Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development of the Division for Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

 

SLOCAT is co-sponsoring the 13th EST Forum with the Asian Development Bank, Bus World Academy, GIZ, and the UK Department for International Development of the United Kingdom/ Research for Community Access Partnership.

 

The Forum was originally planned to be physically held at UN ESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand as was officially announced in the previous (12th) Forum. But due to current COVID-19 pandemic situation and associated public health risks, the 13th Regional EST Forum will be held virtually via video conference. It will be organised in conjunction with and prior to the Sixth session of the UN ESCAP Committee on Transport (12 – 13 November 2020, also in virtual format).

 

Events organised/ participated by SLOCAT: 

  Latest programme, background papers and other logistical information on the official website

12th Regional EST Forum in Asia   28 – 31 Oct 2019 Hanoi, Viet Nam

Achieving Smart and Resilient City through Low Carbon and Intelligent Transport System

 

The Forum was co-organised by the Viet Nam Ministry of Transport, Viet Nam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam Ministry of Construction, Hanoi City People’s Committee, Japan Ministry of the Environment, UN ESCAP, UNCRD Division for Sustainable Development Goals/ United Nations Development of Economic & Social Affairs.

 

SLOCAT co-sponsored the 12th EST Forum with the Asian Development Bank, Bus World Academy, GIZ, and the UK Department for International Development of the United Kingdom/ Research for Community Access Partnership.

 

SLOCAT participated in the Regional Capacity Building Workshop on Urban Mobility at the invitation of UNESCAP and promoted the Global Status Report on Transport and Climate Change in a pre-event on unlocking economic benefits of clean transportation. SLOCAT also presented the LEDS Global Partnership and the Action towards Climate-friendly Transport (ACT) Initiative in a plenary session on air quality co-benefits, and contributed to the chair’s summary drafting team.

 

  Programme, background papers and country reports the official website

11th Regional EST Forum in Asia   2 – 5 Oct 2018 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Sustainable Urban Design and Development ~ Role of EST

 

The Forum was co-organised by the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development, the Ministry of Road and Transport Development, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and Municipality of Ulaanbaatar of the Government of Mongolia; Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan (MOE-Japan); the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP); and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) of the Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG)/UN DESA.

 

SLOCAT, under the framework of the Applied Research Programme in High Volume Transport (HVT) by the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID), organised the Workshop on Capacity Building Strategy for the Implementation of Low Carbon High Volume Transport in South Asia on 2 October 2018. The SLOCAT Secretariat team also contributed to the chair’s summary drafting team.

 

  Programme, background papers and country reports the official website

10th Regional EST Forum in Asia   14 – 16 March 2017 Vientiane, Lao PDR

2030 Road Map for Sustainable Transport: Aligning with Sustainable Transport Development Goals

 

The Forum was co-organised by Lao PDR Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), Japan Ministry of the Environment, SLOCAT Partnership, UN ESCAP, United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and UNCRD.

 

SLOCAT was a key contributor to the Vientiane Declaration on Sustainable Rural Transport towards Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by EST country members at the 10th EST Forum.

 

A Pre-event on the Contribution of Rural Transport to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development to the 10th EST Forum was co-organised by the Lao PDR MPWT, Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP), UNCRD, UNESCAP and facilitated by SLOCAT on March 13, 2017.  The pre-event has provided an inclusive and interactive platform for policy-makers and relevant stakeholders in the EST region to exchange information and knowledge on the role of rural transport in the realization of the SDGs under the 2030 Agenda. It also raised awareness on national and multilateral levels in Asia about the role of rural transport research in achieving key development goals in general and the ReCAP program, its research priorities and (preliminary) results and outcomes in specific. A number of presentations have also been made to share lessons learned from rural transport development in Africa to stimulate cross-region learning between Africa and Asia.

 

SLOCAT released a background paper, 2030 Road Map for Sustainable Transport in Asia: Aligning Government Policy with SDGs, to provide recommendations for a consultation process for a successor agreement to the Bangkok 2020 Agreement by EST member countries in 2019/2020.

 

  Programme, background papers and country reports the official website

9th Regional EST Forum in Asia   17 – 20 Nov 2015 Kathmandu, Nepal

EST for Resiliency -Building Safe, Smart, Low-carbon and Resilient Cities in Asia

 

The Forum was co-organised by the Nepal Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Japan Ministry of the Environment, UN ESCAP and UNCRD.

 

SLOCAT participated and faciliated a number of plenary sessions, including:

  • Regional Dialogue on Transport and Climate Change (18 November)
  • Plenary session on Safe, Climate Adaptive and Disaster Resilient Transport System for Asia (18 November)
  • Plenary session on Major Challenges, Progress and Achievements by Countries on the Implementation of Bangkok 2020 Declaration: Moving from Aichi (2005) to Kathmandu (2015) (19 November)
  • Plenary session on Sustainable Rural Transport for Resilient Rural Community, Food Security & Poverty Eradication (20 November)
  • Plenary session on Climate Adaptation & Resilience in Transport Sector of Asia (20 November)
  • Adoption of the Chair’s Summary

 

Background paper for the forum released by SLOCAT

Adaptation in the Transport Sector in Asia –Recommendations for COP21

Accelerated Action on Rural Transport in Asia-Pacific Region

2030 Road Map for Sustainable Transport in Asia: Aligning Government Policy with SDGs, to provide recommendations for a consultation process for a successor agreement to the Bangkok 2020 Agreement by EST member countries in 2019/2020.

 

  Programme, background papers and country reports the official website

8th Regional EST Forum in Asia   19 – 21 Nov 2014 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Next Generation Solution for Clean Air and Transport – towards Sustainable and Livable Society in Asia

 

The Forum was co-organised by the Sri Lanka Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy, Sri Lanka Ministry of Transport, Japan Ministry of the Environment, UNCRD and Clean Air Asia.

 

SLOCAT participated and facilitated a number of plenary sessions, including:

  • Implementing Bali Vision Three Zeros Towards Achieving a Livable and Sustainable Society in Asia (19 November)
  • National and International Effort on Low Carbon Technology Transfer and Infrastructure Development in Transport Sector (20 November)
  • Private Sector Financing for Next Generation Transport Infrastructure (20 November)
  • Intelligent Freight System (IFS) for Improved Productivity and Energy Security in Asia

 

Background paper for the forum released by SLOCAT

Mobilizing Private Sector Financing for the Realization of Next Generation Solutions for Sustainable Transport in Asia

 

  Programme, background papers and country reports the official website