The IsDB has signed a joint action plan MoU with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to facilitate sustainable transport connectivity to IsDB member countries in Asia and the Pacific region.
Signed between IsDB Vice-President of Finance Dr Zamir Iqbal and UNESCAP Executive Secretary Dr Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, the new MoU represents an expansion of the five-year agreement originally signed in February 2018.
The new MoU effectively renews and amends the original MoU, shifting the focus from science, technology and innovation (STI) to sustainable transport.
The original MoU signed in 2018 was centered on STI and included three objectives, namely: 1) to promote STI as a key means of implementation for the achievement of SDGs, 2) to design, develop and implement STI policies, strategies and programs for inclusive and sustainable development 3) and to facilitate multi-stakeholder knowledge-sharing and collaboration with players and organizations in the innovation ecosystem.
“The new comprehensive MoU with Joint Action Plan will facilitate sustainable transport connectivity and trade through digitalization; road safety awareness, knowledge sharing and capacity-building; low-carbon, climate change-resilient development; science, technology and innovation policy support and capacity-building, including using space applications and GIS for decision-making,” the IsDB said in a statement.
The revamped agreement will also contribute to enhancing SDG implementation in cities and will have implications for urban sector policies. Additionally, it will contribute to south–south and triangular cooperation as well as to economic research and statistical capacity development.
While the IsDB and UNESCAP are set to enter their sixth year of partnership, it is noteworthy that the parties have yet to publicly launch any initiatives or projects as a result of their long-term cooperation.