Following the launch of the ESCAP Regional Cooperation Mechanism on Low Carbon Transport in August 2022, ESCAP is conducting a series of subregional consultation and capacity building workshops to mobilize transport ministries and key stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region to engage in the transport and climate change policy process and to help advance the goals of the Paris Agreement through transport strategies. This proposed activity is aligned with the objectives of the Regional Action Programme for Sustainable Transport Development in Asia and the Pacific (2022–2026) and will contribute directly to its implementation.
The first subregional consultation and capacity building workshop in the series is focused on two subregions, 1) South and Southwest Asia (SSWA) and 2) Southeast Asia (SEA). ESCAP member States from these two subregions are invited to share their national low carbon transport goals, policy priorities and implementation action, as well as their experience in the development of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies.
Although the focus of the subregional consultation and capacity building workshop will be driven by countries’ priorities, it will touch upon cross-cutting themes for different transport modes, including the improvement of vehicle efficiency, transport system optimization, modal shift, increasing NDC ambitions through specific transport targets, climate finance, renewable energy, just transition, and gender equality.
This workshop will focus on the identification of subregional low carbon transport priorities, implementation action and the development of a cooperation framework for the Regional Cooperation Mechanism on Low Carbon Transport. It will also strengthen the capacity of countries to engage in transport and climate change policy dialogues and processes. In addition, the consultation and capacity building workshop will provide a platform for multi-stakeholder engagement.