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Seventh Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum in Asia and Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Integrated Conference on Next Generation Transport Systems We Want for 21st Century ~ Looking Beyond Rio+20

23-25 April 2013 | Bali, Indonesia

Highlights for Thursday, 25 April 2013
Seventh Regional EST Forum
The Seventh Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum in Asia and the Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the Post-2015 Development Agenda concluded on Thursday, 25 April 2013, at the Bali International Convention Center, Westin Resort, Bali, Indonesia.

In the morning, Forum participants began considering how the Regional EST Forum in Asia can contribute to sustainable development, including the possible development of a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for transport and associated targets and indicators. Thomas Hamlin, DSD/UN-DESA, opened the meeting. Wendy Aritenang, Environmental Expert, Ministry of Transportation, Indonesia, expressed his country’s commitment to sustainable transport and the SDGs, referring also to Indonesia’s voluntary GHG reduction target of 26% when compared with business as usual.

Michael Replogle, ITDP, reflected on past processes, such as Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, which built a foundation for further discussions on EST. Cornie Huizenga, SLoCaT, stressed the relevance of EST for achieving sustainable development, urging that it be addressed in one of the upcoming SDGs, and emphasized the need for concrete targets attached to the SDGs. Heather Allen, Transport Research Board, chaired a panel addressing the relevance and consistency of sustainable transport with national policies and plans. Three breakout groups, facilitated by Cornie Huizenga, Heather Allen, and Michael Replogle, considered the merits of a sustainable transport SDG.

In the afternoon, the facilitators reported back on the morning’s discussion, noting general agreement on the value of an SDG on transport, while recognizing the need for differentiated approaches, capacity building, and the potential role of the EST forum for promoting sustainable transport in the international arena. Delegates then considered the draft "Bali Declaration on Vision Three Zeros for Next Generation Transport Systems: Zero Congestion, Zero Pollution, and Zero Accidents." Discussion focused on whether "accidents" or “fatalities” was preferable wording and text related to financial assistance in advancing sustainable transport. Both issues were resolved during an informal consultation and the delegates adopted the Bali Declaration.

Rohana Kumara Dissanayake, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transportation, Sri Lanka, announced that Sri Lanka will host the 8th Regional EST in October 2014 in concert with the Better Air Quality Conference. Closing remarks were offered by Bambang Susantono, Vice Minister of Transportation, Indonesia, Satoru Morishita, Ministry of Environment, Japan, and Chikako Takase, Director, UNCRD.

After a dinner hosted by the Ministry of Transportation, Indonesia, participants enjoyed traditional Indonesian dance and music and observed the formal passing of “bamboo” symbolizing the transfer of hosting the next meeting from Indonesia to Sri Lanka.
Modern dancers and Indonesian flag dancers
Modern dancers and Indonesian flag dancers during the evening farewell
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Dais Shot

L-R: Sanjeev Kumar Lohia, India, Michael Replogle, ITDP, Cornie Huizenga, SLoCaT, Wendy Aritenang, Indonesia, Thomas Hamlin DSD/UN-DESA, Heather Allen, Transport Research Board, Cosmas Takule, Tanzania, M.A.N. Siddique, Bangladesh

Michael Replogle
Michael Replogle, ITDP
Wendy Aritenang
Wendy Aritenang, Indonesia
Thomas Hamlin
Thomas Hamlin, DSD/UN-DESA
Cornie Huizenga
Cornie Huizenga, SLoCaT
M.A.N. Siddique
M.A.N. Siddique, Bangladesh
Heather Allen
Heather Allen, Transport Research Board
Araya Nuntapotidech
Araya Nuntapotidech, Thailand
Alexander Alimov
Alexander Alimov, Russian Federation
Cosmas Takule
Cosmas Takule, Tanzania
Huddle

Delegates huddled to come to consensus on wording of the Bali Declaration on Vision Three Zeros for Next Generation Transport Systems: Zero Congestion, Zero Pollution, and Zero Accidents.

Maldives
Adnan Ali, Maldives
Rohana Kumara Dissanayake
Rohana Kumara Dissanayake, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport, Sri Lanka
Sophie Punte
Sophie Punte, Clean Air Asia
Satoru Morishita
Satoru Morishita, Japan
Chikako Takase
Chikako Takase, Director, UNCRD
Bambang Susantono
Bambang Susantono, Indonesia
Breakout Groups
Breakout Group
Breakout Group
Breakout Group
Evening Farewell
Minangkabau dancers

Traditional Minangkabau dance from Padang, West Sumatra

Dignitaries with gifts
Dignitaries with their farewell gifts
Bamboo Handoff
Bamboo ceremonially passed to Rifai Mohamed Zafarullah of Sri Lanka, which will host the 8th Regional EST Forum in October 2014, by Indonesia's Wendy Aritenang
Balinese modern dancers
Balinese dancers in modern costume
Modern dancers
Dancers in modern costumes
Modern dancers

Dancers in modern costumes

Around the Forum
Beach
The nearest beach, ignored by delegates working hard in plenary
Betawi dancer
Traditional Betawi dance from Jakarta
Full Moon
Happy Balinese Full Moon Festival!
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Related Links
UNCRD resources

*Meetings website

*Draft concept note and provisional programme

*Draft Bali Declaration

*Sixth Regional EST Forum in Asia, 4-6 December 2011, New Delhi, India

*Fifth Regional EST Forum in Asia, 23-25 August 2010, Bangkok, Thailand

*Fourth Regional EST Forum in Asia, 24-26 February 2009, Seoul, Republic of Korea

*Third Regional EST Forum in Asia, 17-19 March 2008, Singapore

*Second Regional EST Forum in Asia, 11-12 December 2006, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

*First Regional EST Forum in Asia, 1-2 August 2005, Nagoya, Japan


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