The ASEAN region has been recording rapid population growth and urbanization that is leading to the emergence of still more and larger metropolitan areas. Unless urban development adopts a more sustainable direction, this growth will continue to put pressure on transport infrastructure and systems, and will result in failure to improve access needed for the economic and social development of cities in ASEAN. At the same time it will lead to greater congestion, more road crashes, and increased consumption of fossil fuels, which contributes to air pollution and climate change. For the national and local governments, the current multi-layered urban transport systems and key transport nodes create huge challenges for the planning of a smooth and sustainable regional transport system. Reliable data and collaborative planning tools can support sound and effective decision-making and to address the challenges pertinent to design, implementation, financing, and monitoring of more sustainable transport policies, programs and projects in the metropolitan regions in ASEAN.
Against this backdrop, ESCAP, GIZ, and the ADB are organizing a side event during the ESCAP Seventh Session of Committee on Transport entitles “Data Driven Sustainable Urban Transport in ASEAN Metropolitan Regions”. The key objectives are:
- Sharing of experiences and knowledge on the existing tools, guidelines, and databases for promoting sustainable urban transport in Asia.
- Continued discussions on opportunities and challenges to implement and harmonize the available sustainable urban transport tools and approaches in ASEAN contexts.
- Strengthened collaboration among the relevant transport stakeholders in Asia to realize the SDGs.
The event will be held in hybrid format on 25 November 2022 at 12.30 - 13.30 hrs (Bangkok or UTC +7) and include participants coming from the transport ministries, cities and relevant institutions working on sustainable transport and urban transport issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
The updated workshop program, the meeting link and venue information will be distributed to registered participants in due time. For further questions and information, please contact Ms. Fadiah Achmadi, Transport Division, ESCAP at [email protected].