Virtual regional meeting on sustainable transport connectivity between Asia and Europe

25 Nov 2020 to 26 Nov 2020
Bangkok, Thailand
Virtual

Strengthened and sustainable transport connectivity between Asia and Europe supports greater economic integration, more efficient resource allocation and further growth of mutually beneficial international trade on the Eurasian continent.

Transport connectivity between Asia and Europe is thus one of the thematic areas of work in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ESCAP) Regional Action Programme for Sustainable Transport Connectivity in Asia and the Pacific adopted by the Ministerial Conference on Transport in December 2016.

In that context the secretariat is implementing a project on “Connecting transport infrastructure networks in Asia and Europe in support of interregional sustainable transport connectivity”, funded by the Government of the Russian Federation.

Under the project, the secretariat conducted a study on the initiatives on Euro-Asian transport connectivity in late 2018. The study report provided an overview of the existing initiatives on transport connectivity between Asia and Europe, a summary of their recommendations and ways forward in their implementation.

Furthermore, an Expert Group Meeting on Transport Connectivity between Asia and Europe was held in Bangkok on 30-31 January 2019 to consider a background paper prepared on the basis of the above-mentioned study report. The meeting showcased strong interest of participating countries to further enhancing transport connectivity between Asia and Europe and the necessity of a continuing inter-regional dialogue between the member States of the two United Nations regional commissions on the matters of transport connectivity between Asia and Europe.

This year, the secretariat has prepared an updated study report on progress in enhancing transport connectivity between Asia and Europe reflecting the latest trends in inter-regional transportation, including the impact of COVID-19. The draft report was shared with the UNECE secretariat which provided important substantive inputs.

The secretariat intends to further provide a platform for regular exchanges of information and identification of priority issues on transport connectivity between Asia and Europe and, in this context, is organizing this regional meeting to:

  • Present and further discuss the study report on progress in enhancing transport connectivity between Asia and Europe;
  • Facilitate exchange of stakeholders’ opinions and sharing relevant experiences; and
  • Discuss priorities and directions of further activities on enhancing transport connectivity between Asia and Europe

Should you require additional information, please contact Mr. Fedor Kormilitsyn at [email protected]