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Senior Officials Meeting on Global Environment and Energy in Transport

The MLIT hosted the Senior Officials Meeting on Global Environment and Energy in Transport (a.k.a. MEET Follow-Up Meeting) on June 17th and 18th, 2009 in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan.

Overview of the Meeting

  • In line with the directions outlined by the MEET Ministerial Conference in January 2009, the Meeting prepared to facilitate further concrete actions and enhance required international cooperation toward low-carbon and low-pollution transport systems.
  • From lively and fruitful discussions among delegates from 21 major countries and 11 international organizations, emerged the importance of three perspectives: namely, strategy, financing and capacity building.
  • The highlights of the Meeting issued as the Chair's Summary include:
    • Strategy: Strategic transport action plan will play an important role to bring mid-/long-term perspectives into transport policies. In this respect, the importance of assisting the development of such action plans in developing countries was stressed.
    • Financing: The importance of utilizing various financing methods for transport projects was pointed out. Also, the expectation was shared for improvement and development of financial mechanisms under the post-2012 framework that could be effectively employed in the transport sector.
    • Capacity Building: A number of themes on which developing countries need help for their effective policymaking and implementation were identified, including energy efficiency standards, public transport systems and data development. The importance of international cooperation to enhance capacity building for such areas was emphasized.
    • Toward Future Actions: The Meeting recognized the necessity of fostering a global network among transport officials and experts that is expected to enhance international cooperation in the transport sector. It also welcomed Italy's initiative to hold the second Ministerial Conference in Spring 2010.
  • Chair's Summary (PDF)PDF


Session 1: Sustainable Transport and the Way Forward

Session 2: Strategy

Session 3: Financing

Session 4: Capacity Building


Date & Venue

  • June 17 (Wed.) - 18 (Thu.), 2009
  • Hakodate Kokusai Hotel, Hakodate city, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Agenda (PDF)PDF


Participating Countries (21 in total)

  • Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam

Participating Organizations (11 in total)

  • European Commission (EC)
  • ASEAN Secretariat
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
  • International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • International Transport Forum (ITF)
  • Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
  • Transport Research Laboratory (TRL; UK)
  • United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • The World Bank

(Last updated: June 25, 2009)