Asian countries and cities are facing numerous challenges in meeting the rising demands for safe, resilient and inclusive transportation system and infrastructure. The likely impact of climate change and the increasing frequency and magnitude of the natural disasters over the last decades has created an indispensable need for countries and cites to consider resiliency in their transport policy, planning and infrastructure development. The recent devastating earthquake in Nepal along with other types of natural disasters happening in different parts of the region has provided us important lessons on the imminent need for sound policy and institutional measures, technological interventions, financing mechanisms and partnerships to transform the existing transportation system into more safe and resilient one to not only meet the long-term socio-economic objectives but also to meet the emergency needs at the time of natural disasters.
As the majority of developing countries and cities are yet to make disaster and climate resiliency a major part of their transport policy and transport infrastructure and services, lack of state-of-art early warning system, absence of building codes and their strong enforcement, lack of land-use planning and transport integration with a view to reducing pollution and GHG emission and increasing resiliency and adaptability have attributed to unprecedented damages to both human life and economy during such extreme events.
To this regard, the Nepal EST Forum and associated events will provide a meaningful opportunity to discuss and chalk out the sustainable path towards resiliency through better transport policy, planning, and infrastructure development, including sustained investments in disaster and climate resilient infrastructures and services to cope up with the rising impacts and threats from the natural disasters and climate change. Furthermore, in the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly that will start in September 2015, the Member States will formally adopt a post-2015 development agenda that would underline the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Many of the SDGs involve underpinning sustainable transport related targets.
Under the theme of “EST for Resiliency – Building Safe, Smart, Low Carbon and Resilient Cities in Asia”, the 9th Regional EST Forum in Asia will focus on innovative and smart solutions that make cities and human settlements more safe, inclusive, resilient, liveable and sustainable by accelerating the shift towards more environmentally sustainable transport (EST) system in Asia. The Forum will provide ample opportunity not only to take stock of the progress and achievements made by the countries towards achieving the goals underlined in the Bangkok 2020 Declaration (2010-2020) but also aims to address integrated transport policies, planning and development solutions towards resiliency. The Forum further provides an important opportunity to generate Asia-wide regional consensus on how Asia’s transportation sector could be reformed to consider more low-carbon, sustainable and resilient transport solutions which can help achieve both development and climate agendas.
For more details, please refer to the Concept Note and Provisional Program here.
November 17, 2015 to November 20, 2015
Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu, Nepal
Choudhury Rudra Charan Mohanty: email@example.com