Asia Mayors' Policy Dialogue
Top Background Programme Result of dialogue
In order to promote Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) in Asia, the Regional EST Forum was initiated by UNCRD and the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, as a strategic knowledge platform for sharing experiences and disseminating among Asian countries best practices, policy instruments, tools, and technologies, in relation to various aspects of EST. The Regional EST Forum is comprised of (1) high-level government representatives (both from the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Transport) and (2) a subsidiary expert group of internationally renowned experts in various thematic areas related to EST.
Participating countries include the members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Mongolia, People's Republic of China, Republic of Korea and Japan. The experts of the Forum provide strategic guidance to participating countries in the relevant EST areas, including the formulation of national EST strategies. The first Regional EST Forum was conducted in Aichi, Japan in August 2005 and resulted in the Aichi Statement. The second meeting of the Regional EST Forum was held on 11-12 December 2006 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Ministry of Health officials and municipal officials from selected Asian countries also took part in this second meeting.
Following consultations with Governments, in particular the ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC), it was determined that the EST Initiative would be even more effective by incorporating city specific elements and issues in a more prominent way under the overall framework of the Regional EST Forum. While the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Transport from central governments are represented in the Forum, the participation of selected city mayors would bring greater synergy in the move towards sustainability in the transport sector.
2nd Regional EST Forum
Ministry of the Environment | Air & Transportation