Planning for Sustainability Urban Mobility in Asian Cities


Asia is rapidly urbanizing and by 2030, more than 56% population will be living in urban areas. This leads to increased demand for better urban mobility and we have seen growth and concentration of personal motor vehicles in urban areas. In addition, the frequency and intensity of climate and natural events are increasing - that need to be taken into account while planning for sustainable mobility.

In this context, the presentation will briefly introduce the work of the United Nations in advocating sustainable transport policies. It will provide an overview state of urban mobility in Asia including challenges faced by Asian cities in providing accessible, safe, sustainable and inclusive urban mobility for the residents and implementation of urban mobility plan. It will share results of assessment of urban mobility in some Asian Cities using of sustainability indicators and Sustainable Urban Transport Index (SUTI). Finally, some innovative urban mobility policies and projects from Asian cities will be shared.


Madan B. Regmi, D. Eng.
Economic Affairs Officer
Transport Division, United Nations
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Bangkok, Thailand

Madan currently leads Transport Research and Policy portfolio at the Transport Division of UNESCAP. His areas of work include sustainable transport, urban mobility planning, regional connectivity, climate change impacts and sustainability assessment of transport systems. He has authored many UN publications, Journal articles, and conference papers. He works closely with countries and cities in the Asia-Pacific region to advocate inclusive and sustainable transport policies and intergovernmental collaboration. Prior to joining UN, he worked with the Ministry of Physical Planning and Transport and Department of Roads, in Nepal.

Madan is a Civil Engineer with an MSc from UK, MBA from USA and Doctor of Engineering from Tokyo. He is an Honorary Research Associate of the Transport Studies Unit, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK


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