Urban Challenges in Asia Need Integrated, Sustainable and Transformative Solutions

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While many Asian cities are witnessing unprecedented economic growth, many of them are also experiencing rapid urbanization and migration, and becoming more vulnerable to environmental impacts. These urban challenges are putting much pressure on Asian cities and regions that they require integrated, sustainable and transformative solutions. What then are the actions taken by Asian cities and regions to address these issues?

Their local responses, along with other insights were discussed at the Habitat III PrepCom 3 side event, “Advancing Sustainability of Asian Cities and Regions,” which was successfully held on 27 July 2016 in Surabaya, Indonesia. The International Council for Local Environmental Initiative (ICLEI) and Universit Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) organized this forum, in partnership with CDIA, Communitas Coalition, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing of Indonesia, and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)-Japan.

The event brought together government leaders, experts, academics, and global agencies to exchange potential solutions and approaches to address a wide range of urban challenges in Asia.

CDIA-GIZ Program Coordinator Mrs. Claudia Hermes served as a speaker, along with Mayor Maimunah Shariff of Seberang Perai, Malaysia and ICLEI Global Executive Committee; Mr Junghyun Kim of Seoul Metropolitan Government; Dr. Ho Chin Siong of UTM; Mr. Boyd Dionysius Joeman of IRDA; Dr. Junichi Fujino of IGES-Japan; Mr. Edward Abdurrahman of Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing of Indonesia; and Mr. Yunus Arikan of ICLEI World Secretariat. Mr. Emani Kumar of ICLEI South Asia moderated the event.

The diversity of experiences in Asia was reflected in the composition of the speakers and their topics being multinational (Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, India), multilevel (local, regional, national governments), and multi-stakeholder (governments at all levels, international agencies, academe, and finance partners).

Datuk HJ. Mohammad Bin Mentek, Secretary-General of Malaysian Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government and Head of Malaysian Delegation at HabitatIII PrepCom3 in Surabaya also delivered a warm and encouraging closing remark, congratulating all partners and inviting an active collaboration in the preparation of World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2018.




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