The United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan and the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) have agreed to host the Second Regional EST Forum as part of the Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2006 week on 11-12 December 2006 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
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The Regional EST Forum is a joint initiative of UNCRD and the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, which provides a strategic/ knowledge platform for sharing experiences and disseminating among Asian countries best practices, policy instruments, tools, 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, Peoples Republic of China, Republic of Korea and Japan. The experts of the Forum provide strategic guidance to the participating countries in the relevant EST areas, including the formulation of national EST strategies.
UNCRD in close co-operation with Ministry of the Environment/Government of Japan has launched an initiative to promote environmentally sustainable transport (EST) in Asia, by carrying out a range of activities such as catalyzing local/national level actions to formulate/promote appropriate set of policy instruments, adopt cleaner and efficient technologies, mobilize research, and enhance/strengthen international cooperation, local capacity, knowledge base, education, and public awareness in line with the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI).
UNCRD organized an intergovernmental policy dialogue, "the Manila Policy Dialogue on Environment & Transport in the Asian Region", in Manila, Philippines, during 16-17 January 2004, which was attended by fourteen Asian countries and a number of international/UN organizations and donors. The meeting discussed key transport and environment related issues and made a number of recommendations towards the promotion of EST in Asia, through the adoption of the Manila Statement.
As a follow-up the outcome of the Manila Policy Dialogue, the 1st Regional EST Forum was organized on 1-2 August 2005, in Nagoya, Japan and adopted the Aichi Statement. The Regional EST Forum provides 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 was formally launched in its first meeting on 1-2 August 2005. The Forum is comprised of participating government representatives (both Ministry of Environment and Transport) and a number of internationally renowned experts identified for each of the following ten thematic areas of EST as shown below:
The primary objectives of the Regional EST Forum are to:
- facilitate policy dialogues that would be organized on periodical basis and provide a strategic/ knowledge platform for sharing experiences and disseminating among Asian countries best practices, policy instruments, tools, technologies, in relation to various aspects of EST;
- facilitate and provide necessary advisory support for the formulation of national EST strategies/action plans on environmentally sustainable transport for developing countries; and
- help establish linkages with the on-going regional and international initiatives/activities;
For more information on UNCRD’s EST Project, please see www.uncrd.or.jp
The United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) was founded in 1971 as an instrument to help achieve the strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade. UNCRD was created by an arrangement between the UN and the Government of Japan, and has worked to promote the following objectives for more than thirty years:
- Serve as a training and research center in regional development;
- Provide advisory services in regional development;
- Assist developing countries in promoting the exchange of information, experience, and teaching in regional development; and
- Assist and cooperate with other organizations, national or international, concerned with regional development.
To meet the goals, the Centre targets its programmes towards socially and environmentally sustainable development. The three multidisciplinary themes of human security, environment, and disaster management serve as a guide for the Centre’s training and research activities.
The Centre’s operations have benefited greatly from the cooperative relationship with UN/DESA and its valuable and consistent support.
For more information contact
Choudhury Rudra Charan Mohanty
Environment Coordinator,United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
Tel: (81)-52-561-9417 (Off)
Head of CAI-Asia Secretariat
Tel: (63 2) 632-5188
Fax: (63 2) 636-2381