The High-Level 15th Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum in Asia (24-26 October 2023, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

2023/10/24 to 2023/10/26
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Event name: The High-Level 15th Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum in Asia
Date: 24–26 October 2023
Venue: Hilton KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ministry of Transport, Government of Malaysia
Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan (MoE-J)
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
United Nations Centre for Regional Development of the Division for Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNCRD-DSDG/UN DESA)

Theme: “Investing in Sustainable Transport: Catalyzing Economic and Social Development in the SDG Era”

Objectives of the Forum:
(a) Demonstrate the economic, social, and environmental benefits of the implementation of the Aichi 2030 Declaration (2021-2030);
(b) Agree on the Implementation plan for the Aichi 2030 Declaration (2021-2030); and
(c) Discussion of bounce-back strategy for transport in Asia following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Furthermore, the 15th Regional EST Forum will review and discuss three of the goals from the Aichi 2030 Declaration on Goal 1a – Low-Carbon (climate change mitigation), Goal 2 – Road safety, and Goal 6 - National access and connectivity.

As an integral part of the 15th Regional EST Forum, the first “Asia-Pacific Railways Summit” will be co-organized by the International Union of Railways (UIC), MOT-Malaysia, ADB, and UNCRD-DSDG/UN DESA on 23 October 2023 as an official pre-event of the Forum.

The Forum Booklet / Welcome Messages

Photographs of the 15th EST Forum and pre-event





  • Ministerial Statement by EST participated countries in the EST Initiatives
  • Malaysia / Bangladesh / Bhutan / Cambodia / Indonesia / Republic of Korea / Lao PDR / Maldives / Mongolia / Nepal (Ministry of Urban Development) / Nepal (Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport) / The Philippines / Thailand / Sri Lanka / Viet Nam

  • Selected High-Level Guest Speakers
  • Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Japan / Director General of International Union of Railways (UIC) / Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) / Secretary General of the International Transport Forum (ITF)