First Regional EST Forum in Asia

2005/08/01 to 2005/08/02
Nagoya, Japan

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Date: 1-2 August 2005

Place: Nagoya, Japan

As a follow-up to the outcome of the Manila Policy Dialogue in January 2004, the First Meeting of the Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum in Asia was held on 1-2 August 2005 in Nagoya, Japan under the over all framework of the International Conference on Environment and Transport in Aichi and in conjunction with WORLD EXPO-2005. The meeting was organized the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment Japan and Nagoya International Center (NIC), supported by Asian Development Bank (ADB), Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), and World Health Organization (WHO).


  • Officially launch the Regional EST Forum in Asia through the adoption of the Aichi Statement by participating countries
  • Follow-up on the status of preparations for the National EST Strategies-cum-Action Plans in Lao PDR, Viet Nam, and Cambodia
  • Provide strategic guidance to Asian countries and facilitate exchange of information in terms of tools, policy instruments, including best practices, relevant in the context of promoting EST in Asia vis-a-vis National EST Strategy formulation
  • Discuss and explore potential networking and partnerships among the on-going regional and international initiatives related to environment and transport in Asia


List of Participants Government representatives from 14 countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam), International Experts and Representatives from International Organizations participated in the meeting.


02. Aichi Statement (2005)


Presentation Name Affiliation/Title
Opening Remarks Mr. Kazunobu Onogawa Director, UNCRD
Mr. Kazuhiko Takemoto Director General, Evironment Management Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Mr. Takayasu Tsukamoto Deputy Mayor of Nagoya City
Keynote Address Mr. Loh Ah Tuan Chairman, ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC) / Deputy CEO/Director-General, Environmental Protection Division, National Environment Agency, Singapore
Introducing UNCRD's Initiative on EST and the Objectives of the Regional EST Forum
Chair: Mr. Kazunobu Onogawa, Director, UNCRD
Choudhury Rudra Charan Mohanty Environment Programme Coordinator, UNCRD