First Meeting of the Regional EST Forum in Asia

 

1-2 August, 2005

Nagoya, Japan

 

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As a follow-up to the outcome of the Manila Policy Dialogue in January 2004, the First Meeting of the Regional 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.

 

- Date: 1-2 August 2005

- Venue: Nagoya International Center (NIC), Nagoya, Japan

- Organizers: UNCRD in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment Japan and Nagoya International Center (NIC)

- Supporting organizations: Asian Development Bank (ADB), Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), World Health Organization (WHO)

- Participants:

       (1) Government representatives from 14 countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam)

       (2) Experts in 10 thematic fields of EST

       (3) Representatives from relevant international organizations

 

- Primary objectives of the First Meeting of the Regional EST Forum in Asia were to:

(1) Officially launch the Regional EST Forum in Asia through the adoption of the Aichi Statement by participating countries;

(2) Follow-up on the status of preparations for the National EST Strategies-cum-Action Plans in Laos, Viet Nam, and Cambodia;

(3) 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--vis National EST Strategy formulation; and

(4)  Discuss and explore potential networking and partnerships among the on-going regional and international initiatives related to environment and transport in Asia

                      

 

 

 

 

 

- Components of the Meeting included:

(1) 12 thematic sessions by internationally renowned experts, which provided strategic guidance to Asian countries and facilitated exchange of information in terms of tools, policy instruments, and best practices relevant in the context of promoting EST in Asia.

(2) Country presentations on EST related activities were made by government representatives from Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam and Japan.

(3) Adoption of the intergovernmental Aichi Statement (in PDF) which officially launched the Regional EST Forum.

(4) Agreement among the participants to strengthen efforts to facilitate networking and partnerships among the on-going regional and international initiatives related to environment and transport in Asia.

(5) Side event on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) which introduced BRT examples from around the world followed by a field visit to see an actual BRT system in Nagoya.