The first KSS event will be showcasing ADB’s Energy Sector experience.   ADB projects energy demand across Asia and Pacific region to double by 2030.  As ADB endeavors to help DMCs deal with widespread energy poverty, ADB recognizes the need to champion energy production that is socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.  Hence, this first knowledge sharing event will center on ADB’s support for clean energy.

In 2015, the international community came up with two landmark agreements that have an impact on sustainable urban transport.  These are on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

•           SDG 3: Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-being for All.  One of its targets is to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020. 

•           SDG 11: Make Cities Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable.  A target under this goal is to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport by 2030.

•           COP21.  During this meeting, 195 nations agreed to keep global temperature rise in this century well below 2° Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels.  While the agreement did not explicitly mention transport targets, more than 61% of countries’ submitted national climate plans proposed transport sector specific mitigation measures. 

To respond to these challenges effectively, countries in Asia and the Pacific region have to evolve a holistic and integrative approach to urban transport planning and management. Looking at the interaction of people, vehicles, infrastructure, and environment as they influence urban transport planning will be one of today’s important sector imperatives.  Conflicts between these elements will have to be recognized more as a reality that requires innovative planning and robust health and safety risk reduction facilities. 

ADB has supported a number of initiatives that have contributed to urban transport development that is inclusive and sustainable.  The bus rapid transit (BRT) and road safety are just a few examples.  Seen from the perspective of the latest international agreements, these projects offer new lessons on how best to deal with emerging challenges in the complex ecology of urban transport. 

In this Knowledge Sharing Series event, Tim and Teresa will share their 30 years of experience as professional communicators and advisors to leaders of global organizations. They will impart proven tips and tools that will help you become a powerful communicator, change agent, and catalyst for transformation. 


These tips and tools will be useful when you participate in the Asia Leadership Program’s Annual Event in Seoul, Korea from 23 to 27 May 2016.  They will help you prepare your case analysis results on Thursday, 26 May.  They will also help to prepare and communicate your individual action plans following the Seoul Program. 

The two main resource persons for the Asia Leadership Program's fourth event in the Knowledge Sharing Series held on June 21, 2016 are Matthias Gelber, an avid environmentalist dubbed as the "Green Man," and Charlotte Lapsansky, ADB's Communications Specialist. Their discussion will focus on the following:

• Climate Change Communication and Leadership after COP 21
• Project Communications/Stakeholder Analysis/Developing Communications Strategies for ADB Project

​The Asia Leadership Program team will provide guidance on how you can participate collaboratively or view the proceedings via broadcast link. Send us an email at if you prefer to join the event via collaborative participation.