CAI-Asia and UNCRD



CAI-Asia and UNCRD
Press Release
Asian Mayors’ Policy Dialogue for the Promotion of Environmentally Sustainable
Transport in Cities,
23-24 April 2007, Kyoto, Japan
25 January 2007
The United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), the ASEAN Working
Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC), the Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan, and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) will jointly
organize the Asian Mayors’ Policy Dialogue for the Promotion of Environmentally Sustainable
Transport (EST) in Cities, on 23-24 April 2007, in Kyoto, Japan. The policy dialogue, to be held
in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and
Transport-Government of Japan, and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability will serve as a
pre-event to the Annual Meeting of the ADB on 6-7 May 2007 in Kyoto, Japan.
The Regional EST Forum is a joint initiative of UNCRD and the Ministry of the
Environment, Government of Japan, which provides a strategic/ knowledge platform for sharing
experiences and disseminating among Asian countries best practices, policy instruments, tools,
technologies, in relation to various aspects of EST. The Regional EST Forum comprises (1)
high-level government representatives (both from the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry
of Transport); and (2) a subsidiary expert group of internationally renowned experts in various
thematic areas related to EST. Participating countries include the members of the Association of
South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Mongolia, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea
and Japan. The experts of the Forum provide strategic guidance to the participating countries in
the relevant EST areas, including the formulation of national EST strategies. The first Regional
EST Forum was conducted in Aichi, Japan in August 2005 and resulted in the Aichi Statement.
Follow-up discussions on the implementation of the Aichi Statement were held during the
second Regional EST Forum convened in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in Dec 2006, which was also
attended by Ministry of Health officials from selected countries and city-level officials from the
ASEAN countries.
The Asian Mayors’ Policy Dialogue for the Promotion of EST in Cities will be attended by
approximately 30 city Mayors from the participating countries of the Regional EST Forum.
Mayors from selected South Asian countries such as Bangladesh and India will also be invited
to attend. The dialogue aims to incorporate city-specific elements under the overall framework
of the Regional EST Forum, and will bring about greater coordination and collaboration among
national and local efforts to realize the goal of sustainability in the transport sector in the Asian
region. City mayors will present their initiatives in promoting EST at the city level, share best
practices and lessons learned, and discuss future steps. As an outcome of the dialogue, a
Declaration is expected to be adopted by city mayors towards further promotion of EST through
city level action plans and programmes.
Mr. Loh Ah Tuan, the Chairperson of the AWGESC commented: “the efforts of the
AWGESC at the city level and the forthcoming Asian Mayors Dialogue on EST as bottom-up
processes to promote environmentally sustainable cities in the Asian region would provide good
synergy with the top-down processes such as the Regional EST Forum, involving the central
government agencies (Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Health).” Mr.
Kazunobu Onogawa, Director of UNCRD emphasized the importance of bringing city-level
perspectives to the Regional EST Forum by saying that “national and city-level policies,
programees, and action plans to promote EST must be in harmony with each other, in order to
maintain and enhance their efficacy.”
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Environment, Japan
C.R.C. Mohanty
Soh Suat Hoon
Kazuhiro Watanabe
Naoko Matsumoto
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UNCRD was established in 1971 as a United Nations organization promoting regional development in
developing and transitional economies in Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Latin America. The Centre targets its
programmes towards socially and environmentally sustainable development, focusing on the three key
components of Human Security, Environment, and Disaster Management. The Centre (i) provides
advisory services, (ii) facilitates the exchange of information, experience, and teaching, and (iii) fosters
collaboration and cooperation among national and international organizations through its training,
research, and project activities. For more information see
The ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC), chaired by Singapore and
comprises all 10 ASEAN member countries, was formed in June 2003 to drive the ASEAN Initiative on
Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AIESC). AWGESC aims to develop strategies and action plans to
realise the vision of sustainable cities in ASEAN, under their Framework to promote “Clean Air, Clean
Land, and Clean Water”. More info on AWGESC is available at
Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, reformed in 2001, is responsible for the national
environmental policy since its establishment in 1971. The mission of the Ministry ranges widely from
planning and formulation of Integrated Environmental Policy, promoting Global Environment Conservation,
performing Environmental Management, Waste and Recycle Management, Nature Conservation, to
Environmental Health. For more information see
Established in 1998, IGES is an independent, not-for-profit think tank, based in Japan, that goes beyond
research to provide practical ways to protect the earth's environment and to realize greater sustainability
and equity in the global community. It is an institution that conducts policy-oriented and practical “strategic
research” on global environmental issues to achieve sustainable development. More information on IGES
is available at

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