International networking to support Sustainable Penang project

Lyon, France. 1 August 2015. The following is a working draft in progress. We post it at this time to invite our readers’ views, correction and eventual additions. It is part of our ongoing volunteer work to support the Sustainable Penang project.

International networking

flags at UNUp until the present time virtually all of the networking and exchanges under this project have taken place within Penang and Malaysia more generally. However as of mid-2015, the leader of this mission has concluded that the role and participation of international organizations and various specialized agencies is going to be critical to bringing about a better informed and more coherent transport and land use policy in Penang.

These State and other concerned local organizations have a great deal of catching up to do, and all of this will become much easier if they take advantage of international partners and sources to ensure that their policies take advantage of past experience and leading practices in other places. The problem is not so much one of money, as it is of knowledge, vision, strategy and leadership.

These external actors are not of course the people who are going to make the final on-the-ground decisions in terms of policies, operations, legislation or investments; thus their influence can only be indirect. But if a certain number of the organizations listed here in this first stage can emerge as an informed and helpful sources of information, support and counsel for the necessary policy improvements this would be a great boon to the state and the people of Penang. And based on present evidence it is much needed.

Since this task is just now getting underway, all we can offer for the time being is our initial listing of organizations to be contacted in the months ahead, in the hope of setting up direct working links that may be useful to any of the groups or individuals within Penang who may wish to explore the possibility of different forms of creative interaction.

In a number of cases here it may not be immediately clear as to how creative and new to a useful linkages can be established, however careful communication and exchange in almost all of these cases should permit us to find the right people, units and relationships.

* We invite your comments and suggestions on all aspects of this list, including if you may have specific contacts with whom we can get in touch.

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United Nations Family of Organizations

1. Asia Development Bank –
2. Clean Air Asia –
3. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific –
4. Global Environmental Facility (GEF) –
5. ILO – International Labour Organization – Transport Sector –
6. UN Economic and Social Council
7. UN Human Settlements Programme (MOBILITY) –
8. UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) –
9. UNESCO – World Heritage program –
10. UNU – International Institute For Global Health –
11. WHO –
12. World Bank – Urban Transport Program –

Other International Organizations

* Alliance for Healthy Cities –
* CODATU – Cooperation for urban mobility in the developing world –
* Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ ) http://
* Dutch Cycling Embassy –
* EMBARQ, WRI Center for Sustainable Transport –
* GIZ Malaysia –
* Global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP) –
* ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability –
* IISD – International Institute of Sustainable Development
* Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) –
* International Transport Forum –
* IRU – International Road Transport Union
* Sustainable Urban Transport Project –
* UITP – International Association of Public Transport –
* Vélo-City –
* Walk 21 –
* World Business Council for Sustainable Development – Sustainable Mobility Project 2.0 –


There have also been in the last several years offers of technical and other support from several European countries with advanced urban transportation programs, including The Netherlands and Sweden. It is my view that these are precious opportunities to profit from the experience of leading countries, cities and projects around the world, all of whom have in fact been forced to face and deal with just about every one of the issues which today are plaguing Penang. Might as well take advantage of their hard-earned experience.

Organizing the information/Availability:

Part of the job of being useful as possible to as many people involved in these issues in Penang will be that in each case, we will take the time to identify the specific people and units who are knowledgable about the issues which concern us all  in this process of building a base for a New Mobility Agenda for Penang. So basically what we would hope to have in hand in fairly short order will be a series compact “profiles with contact and resource information on each of the organizations  covered.  And then use this platform and others to make sure that this information becomes widely known and available, and can be shared by all those who are working directly or concerned with these issues in Penang, including not only government and civil society but also students, research groups, consultants and the media.

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About the author:

Eric Britton
13, rue Pasteur. Courbevoie 92400 France

Bio: Founding editor of World Streets (1988), Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher, occasional consultant, and sustainability activist who has observed, learned, taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. In the autumn of 2019, he committed his remaining life work to the challenges of aggressively countering climate change and specifically greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the mobility sector. He is not worried about running out of work. Further background and updates: @ericbritton | | #fekbritton | | and | Contact: | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)

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