Sixth Regional EST Forum in Asia

2011/12/04 to 2011/12/06
 New Delhi, India


Date: 4-6 December 2011

Place: New Delhi, India

Venue: Manekshaw Centre, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi 110 070, India

UNCRD, jointly with the Ministry of Urban Development (MOUD)-India, WHO/SEARO, and Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), co-organized the Sixth Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum in Asia in conjunction with Urban Mobility India 2011 as an integrated event titled "Conference cum Exhibition on Sustainable Mobility" from 4 to 6 December 2011 at the Manekshaw Center, New Delhi, India.

The annually held Regional EST Forum in Asia organized by UNCRD provides a strategic and knowledge platform for sharing experiences and disseminating best practices, policy instruments, tools, and technologies among Asian countries in relation to the various key aspects of EST underlined in the Aichi Statement (2005). The Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference cum Exhibition is an annual flagship event of the MOUD-India, organized since 2008 in order to encourage states and cities to reform their urban transport systems by disseminating information and facilitating exchange of ideas, and by recognizing good urban transport initiatives with the Urban Mobility Awards.

The Conference reviewed and shared the progress made by Asian countries in various aspects of sustainable transport, including road safety, connectivity, and inclusiveness. The Sixth Regional EST Forum focused on the implementation of the Bangkok 2020 Declaration agreed upon at the Fifth Regional EST Forum last year and addressed a range of sustainability issues in urban transport, including innovative financing. It was observed that the Asian EST Forum member countries have started to re-orient their overall transport policy, planning, and development in order to implement the twenty goals of the ;Bangkok 2020 Declaration under the three key strategic approaches - Avoid, Shift, Improve - by which they have also geared their economy towards a green economy, characterized by low carbon, energy/fuel efficient, and socially inclusive. The representatives from the twenty-one Asian countries adopted a Chair's Summary, which aims to contribute to enrich the discussion on sustainable transport at the Rio+20, a process in the context of moving towards a green economy. The Conference requested the Government of India to submit the Chair's Summary to the secretariat of the Rio+20.

Organizers and Supporting Organizers

Ministry of Urban Development (MOUD) of the Government of India
World Health Organization South-East Asia Regional Office (WHO/SEARO)
Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan
United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)

Supporting Organizations:
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
German International Cooperation (GIZ)
Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
World Resource Institute¡¯s Center for Sustainable Transport (EMBARQ)
Transport Research Laboratory (TRL)
World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office (WHO/WPRO)
International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
South Asia Environment Cooperative Programme (SACEP)
Health Effects Institute (HEI)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Alliance for Healthy Cities (AFHC)
International Union of Railways (UIC)
Dutch Cycling Embassy
UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Seoul Development Institute (SDI)
ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC)
Korea Transport Institute (KOTI)
Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI)


  1. Address sound policy options, better institutional measures, and financing mechanisms for the promotion of EST in Asia, with specific emphasis on road safety, public health, social equity, rail, green freight, sustainable management of two and three wheelers, intelligent transport systems, and non-motorized transport in realizing sustainable mobility;
  2. Review countries initiatives, achievements, and best practices in addressing the Bangkok 2020 Declaration;
  3. Address and identify the challenges and opportunities for transport NAMAs for climate mitigation and co-benefits;
  4. Contribute towards enhanced regional input to Rio+20 by addressing EST vis-a-vis the Bangkok 2020 Declaration in the context of moving towards a green economy; and
  5. Provide a platform for interagency coordination, both at the national and international levels, towards facilitating partnerships and collaboration among governments, international organizations, NGOs, and donor agencies in effectively implementing the Bangkok 2020 Declaration.


Concept Note


Chairs Summary


The integrated conference was attended by approximately 700 participants, including high-level government representatives from twenty-one Asian countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Indonesia, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam, Subsidiary Expert Group Members of the Regional EST Forum, international resource persons, representatives from various UN and international organizations, Indian officials from central and state governments, urban local bodies, and parastatals as well as academics, students, NGOs, and representatives from the private sector.

List of Participants



UMI 2011 Research Symposium: Saturday, 3 December 2011

Urban Mobility India 2011 Research Symposium

Pre-Event "Training Course on Implementing Public Bike Sharing System

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Related Links
Urban Mobility India (UMI) 2011 official webpage
About Regional EST Forum