Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

The main objective of the Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) initiative is to built a common understanding across the Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America and Caribbean on the essential elements of the EST.
Through this initiative:
(1)The Bangkok 2020 Declaration and Bogotá Declaration will be implemented.
This will lead to:
- accomplish safe, reliable, affordable, efficient, people-centric and environment friendly transport system
-foster economical, social and environmental development
-integrate developing countries in the world economy and contribute the eradication of poverty.
(2)The Africa EST Forum will be established with an objective to address the same for the African region.

Implementation methodologies

UNCRD, in close collaboration with partners, provides substantive support for developing countries by;

- providing advisory services, establishing regional networking, support for capacity building and technical support by organizing forums, trainings and workshops to achieve sustainable development at the local/regional levels;

- motivating government authorities to take the initiative in formulating appropriate policies and programmes towards sustainable transportation through high level policy forums;

- promoting further interagency coordination, collaboration and partnership with the governments to deal with environment and transport issues.

The goals of the Bangkok 2020 Declaration and Bogotá Declaration will be achieved through the promotion of the following strategies to:

(a) avoid unnecessary travel and reduce trip distances: integrating land-use planning and related institutional arrangement, achieving mixed-use development in cities, and using information and communication;

(b) shift towards more sustainable modes: applying non-motorized transport (NMT)component in transport master plan, improving public transport services and implementation of transport demand management (TDM);

(c) improve transport practices and technologies: inducing vehicle technology, fuel quality, freight transport efficiency, inspection and maintenance (I/M), air quality and noise standards; adopting intelligent transport system, zero fatality and energy security policies; monitoring health impacts, adopting social equity, promoting good governance, among others.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia), SLoCaT, ADB, EMBARQ, UN/ESCAP, JICA, Dutch Cycling Embassy, TRL, IEA, SACEP, MoE-Japan, KOTI, WHO/WPRO, private sectors, research and nongovernmental organizations
Improved transport policies and programmes at local and national level, including formulation of national EST strategies
Policy and implementation guidelines on integrated approach (Avoid-Shift-Improve strategies), including sectoral guidelines on NMT, multi-modal integration, green-freight, mainstreamed in many countries.
Regional EST Forum in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean
Improved capacity (in terms of trained officials and practitioners) of developing countries in various EST areas - emission control, standards, I/M; cleaner fuel, road safety, environment and people friendly rural and urban transport infrastructures
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
In-kind contribution
Promote environmentally sustainable transport strategies and policies by organizing Regional EST Forums, training courses, workshops, seminar and conferences with the in kind contributions and technical cooperation from partners (see list above)
In-kind contribution
UNCRD will monitor the implementation of the Bangkok 2020 Declaration (2010-2020) in Asia and the Bogotá Declaration in Latin America in close cooperation with the EST partners (see list above)
In-kind contribution
UNCRD will provide technical guidelines and advisory support to the developing countries in building institutional capacity in addressing multi-sectoral health, environment, and transport issues.
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Action Network
Location: Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa
Date of completion: 2019-12-31
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Chikako Takase (MS),

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