Virtual Regional Workshop on Urban Mobility and Impacts of COVID-19 on Mobility

25 Nov 2020 to 26 Nov 2020
Bangkok, Thailand

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is organizing the Regional Workshop on Urban Mobility and Impacts of COVID-19 on Mobility on 25 and 26 November 2020 (13:00- 16:00 hours Bangkok time). The workshop will be conducted in English only.

The growth in the region’s urban population demands better urban mobility. National and municipal governments are working to improve public transport systems in cities. However, the mode share of public transport is still low in many cities, and the use of personal vehicles is dominant. The resulting negative externalities are increases in traffic congestion, consumption of fossil fuels, road accidents, emissions and air pollution.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a profound impact on mobility and urban transport systems in the region. The countries and cities of the region have responded with various policy measures and practices to ensure mobility while safeguarding health and wellbeing of commuters.

Additional efforts of countries and cities are required to enhance overall sustainability and resilience of urban transport systems and services.

In this context, the objectives of the workshop are to: (i) present the state of urban mobility in Asian cities and discuss the importance of measuring sustainability of urban mobility; (ii) share the results of assessment of urban mobility using the Sustainable Urban Transport Index (SUTI) in Asian cities; (iii) share the experiences of Asian countries/cities on the impacts of COVID-19 on mobility and lessons learned; and (iv) discuss policies and strategies to enhance sustainability and resilience of urban mobility in the region.

Transport/urban transport policy makers in member States/cities, experts and representatives of international organizations are expected to participate in the workshop.

Participants are requested to submit their registrations online here no later than 18 November 2020.

Further information on the conduct of the virtual workshop, including technical guidance and related virtual workshop link will be communicated to participants upon receipt of their registration.

Contact persons:
Ms. Wanna Kunsabfueng, UNESCAP, email:
Mr. Madan B. Regmi, UNESCAP, email:

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the presentations are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the United Nations. The United Nations is not responsible for the accuracy of data presented.