Enhancing infrastructure quality along the Asian Highway network is a significant opportunity to raise the overall sustainability of the road transport sector. Improving substandard roads enhance the seamlessness of national and international road transport, which can lead to more optimal use of road freight vehicles and reduce emissions and environmental impact. Likewise, with the latest technological progresses, including new designs and construction methods; the construction, maintenance and upgrade of Asian highways becomes an opportunity to transition to a “green road” design, thereby reducing the road infrastructure’s negative footprint on the environment. Furthermore, higher road quality brings higher resilience to future extreme weather disruptions due to climate change.
Within this context, ESCAP Transport Division is undertaking a study project on “Supporting the polices on green and resilient transport infrastructure along the Asian Highway Network”. The project aims to strengthen sustainable regional transport connectivity by collecting and disseminating best practices in development of green and resilient road infrastructure along the Asian Highway network.
This 1st Expert Group Meeting on 6th December 2022 is organized to present the preliminary study findings of the project. The EGM is held in conjunction with the 25th Sustainable Development Conference of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and ESCAP’s 6th South Asia SDG Forum and the Policy Dialogue.
Attendance to the EGM is by invitation only. For more information, please contact: Mr. Edouard Chong, Transport Division, e-mail: [email protected].