Sustainable Railways in Asia-Pacific

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To continue and expand upon the dialogues at the 13th EST Forum of the United Nations Center for Regional Department on the 10-11th November 2020, UNCRD and UIC are holding a joint seminar that will focus on Railways.

Railways: the backbone of sustainable urban mobility and regional connectivity in Asia

As a continuation of our collaboration and meetings with international partners in the region, railway experts are invited to join and learn more about the work of the International Union of railways in the field of Sustainability.

It will be an opportunity to hear about best practices in sustainability from the Asia-Pacific region as well as discuss the common challenges the region railways face in decarbonising.

There will be a discussion to identify the opportunities for rail to help accelerate a green and just recovery from the pandemic.

This online seminar will be helpful for both policy makers and railway operators alike and an opportunity to collaborate closer as a railway community.

You do not have to be a UIC Member to join.

When: 17 March 2020 at 8AM-11AM Paris Time/4PM-7PM Nagoya Time.

Where: By Zoom – Register below and the connection details will be sent prior to the event


Moderation: Mr. Milko PAPAZOFF, UIC ASEAN Representative

Welcome (8:00-8:15)

Mr. François DAVENNE, Director General, UIC

Mr. CHOUDHURY Rudra Charan Mohanty, Environment Programme Coordinator, Secretariat of the Regional EST Forum in Asia, United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)

1.0. UIC Introduction (8:15-8:35)

Introduction of UIC and UIC Asia-Pacific Region
Mr. Vincent VU, Director Institutional Relations, Coordinator UIC Asia-Pacific Region, UIC

The Opportunities of working with UIC Sustainability Platform
Ms. Lucie ANDERTON, Head of Sustainability, UIC

2.0. UIC Asia-Pacific Members Best Practices (8:35-9:30)

3.0. Round Table: The challenges of becoming carbon neutral and how to make rail integral to a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic (9:45-10:25)

4.0. Cooperation between UIC and UNCRD and their respective members (10:25-10:45)

Summary and Closing remarks (10:45-11:00)



Marie-Luz PHILIPPE, Senior Advisor for sustainability and UIC Middle-East Region,

Beatrice SEGERAL, UIC Senior Advisor, Institutional Relations and Asia-Pacific,

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Wednesday 17 February 2021