Fourth Regional EST Forum in Asia
24 Feb 2009 - 26 Feb 2009
Seoul, Republic of Korea

Venue: Grand Hyatt Seoul
747-7 Hannam 2-Dong, Yongsan-Ku, Seoul, Republic of Korea

UNCRD, the Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) of the Republic of Korea, and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOE-J) co-organized Fourth Regional EST Forum in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 24 to 26 February 2012. At the Forum, high level policy dialogue was made, sharing best practices, policy instruments, tools and technologies in the areas of urban environment. Climate change and co-benefits, and Non-Motorised Transport were the two significant themes highlighted in the plenary sessions. At the end of the Forum, Seoul Statement-Towards the Promotion of Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) for a Low-Carbon Society and Green Growth in Asia- was adopted by the participating countries.

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Programme and Presentations
(Day1, Day2, Day3)
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Organizers and Supporting Organizations

United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) of the Republic of Korea
Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan

Supporting Organizations:
World Health Organization (WHO)
German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)
Global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP)
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center
World Bank
Korea Transport Institute (KOTI)


  1. To conduct policy dialogue and share best practices, policy instruments, tools and technologies in the areas of urban environment and transport in line with the philosophy of EST
  2. To follow-up on the implementation of the Aichi Statement, adopted in the First Regional EST Forum held on 1-2 August 2005 in Nagoya, Japan through sharing government initiatives and policies in relation to the ten thematic areas of EST
  3. To discuss and explore linkages with other on-going national, regional and international activities / initiatives in promoting environmentally sustainable transport
  4. To focus on how Asian countries can take a more active role in climate change mitigation by adopting a co-benefit approach which integrates urban air quality management, energy efficiency measures, and climate change mitigation through EST measures
  5. To adopt the Seoul Statement, which highlights the contribution of EST measures in the context of low carbon green growth

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List of Participants
A total of approximately 200 participants attended the Fourth Regional EST Forum including:
  • National Government representatives from both the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Transport from 22 Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, P. R. China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam)
  • Representatives from the Ministry of Health attended the Second Regional EST Forum with the support of World Health Organization (WHO)
  • International Experts selected for different thematic areas of EST
  • International organizations and research institutions working in the fields related to EST

Programme and Presentations

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Day 1: Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Opening Session
Opening RemarksMr. Kazunobu OnogawaDirector, UNCRD
Mr. Junichi ShiraishiDirector General, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Welcome RemarksH.E. Mr. Chung Jong HwanMinister of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs (MLTM), Republic of Korea
Plenary Session 1: Aichi Statement and Co-benefits: Win-Win Solutions for Transport and Climate Change

Session Chair: Mr. Kazunobu Onogawa, Director, UNCRD
Win-Win Solutions to Climate Change and TransportMr. Lloyd WrightExecutive Director, Viva
Plenary Session 2: EST Promotion vis-à-vis National EST Strategy Development in the Philippines

Session Chair: Mr. Peter G. Midgley, Global Transport Knowledge Platform (gTKP)
Formulation of a National EST Strategy for the PhilippinesMs. Anneli R. LontocUndersecretary, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Philippines
Ms. Teresita Samson CastilloUndersecretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippines
Mr. Ildefonso Tiglao Patdu, JrDOTC, Philippines
Breakout Session: Country Initiatives and Policy Dialogue
Breakout Group 1: Thailand, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Lao PDR

Session Chair: Ms. Anneli R. Lontoc, Undersecretary, DOTC, Philippines
Moderator: Mr. C.R.C. Mohanty, UNCRD
Breakout Group 2: Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal

Session Chair: Mr. Rohana Kumara Dissanayake, Minister, Ministry of Urban Development, Sri Lanka
Moderator: Dr. Johannes Heister, World Bank
Breakout Group 3: Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Viet Nam

Session Chair: Mr. Bharat Bhushan, Director, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India
Moderator: Mr. Cornie Huizenga, CAI-Asia
Breakout Group 4: Sri Lanka, Brunei Darussalam, Maldives

Session Chair: H.E. Mr. Sommad Pholsena, Minister, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Lao PDR
Moderator: Mr. Jamie Leather, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Breakout Group 5: Singapore, Myanmar, Bhutan

Session Chair: H.E. Mr. Idevkhten Doloonjin, Vice Minister, Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism, Mongolia
Moderator: Mr. Simon K. W. Ng, Civic Exchange
Breakout Group 6: PR China, India, Cambodia

Session Chair: Mr. Qiamuddin Djallalzada, Deputy Urban Minister, Ministry of Urban Development, Afghanistan
Moderator: Ms. Sophie Punte, CAI-Asia
Plenary Session 3: Linkage and Synergies for EST Promotion

Session Chair: Mr. Yong-Woo Park, Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, UNEP Regional Office fo Asia and the Pacific (ROAP)
Overview of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) and the Opportunities for Partnership and Capacity Building in EST AreasMs. Mary Kimotho M'MukindiaUnited Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nirobii
Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) Project and EST LinkagesMs. Sophie Punte and Mr. Herbert FabianCAI-Asia

Day 2: Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Plenary Session 4: Cities with Successful NMT (Non-motorized Transport): Social Benefits and Equity

Session Chair: Mr. Sunil Kanti Bose, Secretary, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Bangladesh
The Critical Importance of Non-motorized Transport Planning for Modern Asian CitiesMr. Jeroen BuisInterface for Cycling Expertise
NMT and Urban Design Best Practices and Applications in Asian CitiesMr. Karl FjellstromInstitute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
Shared Bicycle Schemes in European CitiesMr. Peter G. MidgleyUrban Transport Theme Champion, gTKP
Social Equity and Gender Benefits of NMTDr. Marie ThynellGothenburg University
Plenary Session 5: Reports from Breakout Groups

Session Chair: Mr. Yuba Raj Pandey, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Transport Management, Nepal
Report from Breakout Group 1Mr. C.R.C. MohantyUNCRD
Report from Breakout Group 2Dr. Johannes HeisterWorld Bank
Report from Breakout Group 3Mr. Cornie HuizengaCAI-Asia
Report from Breakout Group 4Mr. Jamie LeatherAsian Development Bank (ADB)
Report from Breakout Group 5Mr. Simon K.W. NgCivic Exchange
Report from Breakout Group 6Ms. Sophie PunteCAI-Asia
Plenary Session 6-1: Low Carbon and Green Development in Transportation

Session Chair: Dr. Supat Wangwongwatana, Director General, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand
Overall Strategy and Programmes of the World Bank in Carbon Financing and Climate Change Mitigation Measures in the Transport SectorMr. Johannes HeisterClimate and Carbon Finance Coordinator, the World Bank
ADB's Urban Transport Strategy for Asia towards Climate Change MitigationMr. Jamie LeatherSenior Transport Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
MOE-J's Actions for Putting Co-benefits ForwardMr. Kensaku IshibashiMinistry of the Environment, Japan
Introduction of CDM Methodology for the Transport Sector (Energy Recovery Break System of Delhi Metro in India ) and Further ApplicationMr. Tomonori SudoJapan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Plenary Session 6-2: Low Carbon and Green Development in Transportation

Session Chair: Iskandar Abubakar, Special Assistant to the Minister in Economic and Partnership, Ministry of Transportation, Indonesia
Towards Realizing Low-Carbon and Low-Pollution Transport Systems: Ministerial Conference on Global Environment and Energy in Transport (MEET) and the Next StepsMr. Norifumi IdeeMinistry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan
Proposed Action Plan to Make Transport in Developing Countries More Climate FriendlyMr. Cornie HuizengaCAI-Asia
Low-Carbon Development and Green Growth in Asia and the PacificMr. Lorenzo SantucciUnited Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Recent Public Transport Policies for Green Growth in KoreaDr. Jinyoung ParkKorea Transport Institute (KOTI)
Control and Strategy for Reduction of Pollutants from Automobiles for Low-Carbon Green Growth in KoreaDr. Jong Choon KimNational Institute of Environmental Research (NIER)-Korea
Plenary Session 7: Adoption of the Seoul Statement

Session Chair: Mr. Hong Soon Man, Deputy Minister of Office of Transport Policy, MLTM, Korea and Mr. Kazunobu Onogawa, Director, UNCRD

Adoption of the Seoul Statement - Towards the Promotion of Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) for a Low-Carbon Society and Green Growth in Asia
Closing Session

Day 3: Thursday, 26 February 2009

Field Trip

Previous/Latest Meetings

Regional EST Forum in Asia
Tenth Regional EST Forum (2017)
Ninth Regional EST Forum (2015)
Eighth Regional EST Forum (2014, Colombo)
Seventh Regional EST Forum (2013, Bali)
Sixth Regional EST Forum (2011, New Delhi)
Fifth Regional EST Forum (2010, Bangkok)
Third Regional EST Forum (2008, Singapore)
Second Regional EST Forum (2006, Yogyakarta)
First Regional EST Forum (2005, Nagoya)

Manila Policy Dialogue on Environment and Transportation in the Asian Region (2004, Manila)

Regional EST Forum in Latin America
First Regional EST Forum in Latin America(2011, Bogotá)

Asian Mayors' Policy Dialogue for Promotion of EST in Cities
Special Event of Asian Mayors for the Signing of the Kyoto Declaration for the Promotion of EST in Cities (2010, Seoul) 44 cities
Special Event of Asian Mayors for the Signing of the Kyoto Declaration for the Promotion of EST in Cities in the BAQ2008 Workshop (2008, Bangkok)
Asian Mayorsf Policy Dialogue for the Promotion of Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) in Cities - Signing of the Kyoto Declaration (2007, Kyoto) 12 cities

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