Combating the Urban Climate Change in South-East Asia: Towards Implementation of New Urban Agenda


Combating the Urban Climate Change in South-East Asia: Towards Implementation of New Urban Agenda

7 Dec 2019 to 9 Dec 2019
Kuala Lumpur
, Malaysia

1. Title of the Campus: Combating the Urban Climate Change in South-East Asia: Towards Implementation of New Urban Agenda

2. Lead Partner Organization: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)
3. Other Partner Organizations: 
  1. Institute of Climate Change, The National University of Malaysia (UKM) /
  2. Institute for Environment & Development (LESTARI), The National University of Malaysia (UKM) /
  3. Centre for Innovative Architecture and Built Environment, The National University of Malaysia (UKM) /
  4. Resilience Urban Planning + Development (RUPD) GbR /
  5. Urbanice Malaysia /
  6. EAROPH /
4. UTC Date: 
7th December to 9th December 2019
5. Location / Venue: 
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), 50088 Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
6. Language: English 
7. Description of the Campus: 

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) with its partners is aiming for an opportunity to host an Urban Thinker Campus in Kuala Lumpur (KL) as one of the most important hubs and emerging cities in the South-East Asia. The concept of the campus is to target ‘’Urban Climate Change’’ issues, with special focus on the South-East Asia region and specifically the Malaysian case, by opening a platform for action driven discussions of the challenges among selected groups of experts, academic and implementing partners. The campus is an opportunity to explore the principles of the NUA and the SDGs to provide implementable urban solutions that are economically feasible, replicable and scalable using the urban transformation of KL city as a case study. KL city is a good representative example of several emerging cities in the region, hence the importance of the campus not only to tailor local urban solutions to KL but also to capitalize on those solutions for regional and international application.

The campus brings a variety of partner groups and stakeholders together to reach a comprehensive understanding of topics through discussions and debates within the different urban labs, partner groups and roundtables. 

The campus main theme will focus on Urban Heat Island (UHI) Phenomenon. Due to rapid urban development and growth in the region, recent infrastructure, architectural and structural designs have paid very little attention to the extreme local climatic conditions leading to many crises in the cities such as the UHI effects, air pollution and over-generation of Greenhouse Gas Emission as well as increasing the health risk and vulnerability of the citizens. Since this phenomenon is invisible, some urban decision and policy makers do not consider this fact as their priorities to take action. However, it entails considerable risks and irreparable damages. Without encountering the UHI, negative consequences and damages are irrecoverable, not only environmentally but also economically, socially and politically. Thus, an appropriate urban climatic planning is one of the requisites for a prosperous planning which leading us towards the NUA.

The SDGs addressed by this campus are:

  1. Goal 3: good health and well-being;
  2. Goal 11: sustainable cities and communities;
  3. Goal 13: climate action.

The main objective of the campus is to showcase the proposed urban solutions in a clear structured Road Map, Action Plan, Roles and Responsibilities, Commitments and Priority Actions to act as tools for New Urban Agenda (NUA) implementation.

Other objectives of the campus are:

  1. To bring the phenomenon in the public eye;
  2. To raise awareness regarding its effects on various aspects of life;
  3. To involve different stakeholders in the whole process, recognize and brainstorm the main radical problems together;
  4. To share new replicable and innovative ideas, approaches and models to cope with the challenges;
  5. To gather the organizations commitments to implement the best actions tackling UHI;
  6. To develop a mainstream action plan and enable it;
  7. To achieve a road map to implement the action plan on the lines of NUA.

8. UTC Programme: 

The campus theme will be discussed in 6 urban labs, with 9 partner groups, and 6 round tables divided on 3 days (please check the first draft of the proposed UTC Agenda attached to the proposal). In each session, the Urban Labs will include a variety of representatives from the different partner groups. On each day, following the urban labs, each of the partner groups would meet and internally discuss the urban labs' outputs and outcomes achieved in the preceding session. In the third part of the day, the roundtable session will bring the various partner groups back together to the table to propose solutions and action plans for the action field in focus. This sequence of multistakeholder rounds and sector-specific groups shall ensure equal representation on each group feedback and cross-cutting approaches.

The objectives of the campus will be achieved by the following structure:
UTC Day 1:
Identifying the challenges to move towards ‘’Urban Climate Change Resilience’’
UTC Day 2:
Showcasing innovative and resilient solutions to tackle the challenges
UTC Day 3:
Taking Action: comprehensive, innovative, replicable and action-oriented outcomes
to enable the implementation of NUA

The first day will start by a plenary welcoming session and presenting the agenda to the participants, followed by three keynote speeches (Mayor of KL, representative of URBANICE Malaysia and Head of Institute of Climate Change) summarizing the state of research on localizing the NUA/SDGs within the Region. In this day, the existing challenges and obstacles of the ‘’City We Need’’ Drivers of Change such as Governance and Partnerships; Planning and Design; Finance; Environment; Health and Safety; Education; Technology; and Monitoring and Evaluation as well as of UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020-25 Drivers of Change such as Policy and Legislation; Financing Mechanisms will be discussed in two urban labs.

The second day will start by a plenary session and presenting the summary of day 1 and agenda of day 2, followed by three keynote speakers from different cities in the region sharing their experiences about addressing the UHI phenomenon. In this day, the best practices will be also showcased from different cities around the world to learn from their cases and identify the existing gaps of the region.

The third day will start by a plenary session and presenting the summary of day 2 and agenda of day 3, followed by three keynote speakers presenting the principles of the NUA and SDGs to provide implementable urban solutions. In this day, an action plan and implementable road map will be developed. Each of the partner groups will suggest their solutions for filling the gaps based on the experiences of day one and two. In the final session, the campus will elaborate on the achieved results and findings in the 3 days of the campus.

9. List of Speakers / Moderators: TBC
10. Contact: Dr. Parisa Kloss  &  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Adi Irfan Che-Ani
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