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 , KL
, 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: 
1. Institute of Climate Change, The National University of Malaysia (UKM) /
2. Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) /
3.Other Partner Organization(s) Co-Hosting the Campus: 
  1. Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) /
  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. Malaysian Association of Registered Building Surveyor (MyRBS) /
  6. Urbanice Malaysia /
  7. Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements (EAROPH) /
  8. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH- Thailand Office/
  9. Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) /
  10. Resilience Innovation Knowledge Academy (RIKA) /
4.UTC Date: 7th -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

Institute of Climate Change at the National University of Malaysia (UKM) 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.
9. 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 multi- stakeholder rounds and sector-specific groups shall ensure an 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 the 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.

10.List of Speakers / Moderators: 
1. Dr. Parisa Kloss, Head of Resilient Urban Planning + Development (RUPD) GbR, Berlin, Germany
2. Puan Natasha Azim Binti Hussin, Senior Assistant Director, Project Implementation & Building Maintenance Department, DBKL
3. Puan Hajah Sharifah Junidah Binti Syed Omar, Deputy Director, Project Implementation & Building Maintenance Department, DBKL
4. Prof Dr. Fredolin Tangang, Faculty of Science & Technology, UKM 
5. Dr. Rajarshi DasGupta, Senior Policy Researcher (Specialist in Landscape Ecology and Planning), The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan 
6. Dr. Hassan Elmouelhi, senior researcher at the Habitat Unit, Technical University of Berlin, Germany and El Gouna Campus, Egypt
7. Mr. Heinrich Gudenus, Risk National Adaptation Planning project director, GIZ Thailand
1. Prof Ir. Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor, The Vice Chancellor of the National University of Malaysia (UKM)
2.  Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Mentek, Secretary General, Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing & Local Government (KPKT)
3. TPr Khairiah Mohd Talha, Honorary President, EAROPH Malaysia & Kuala Lumpur City Hall Advisory Board Member
4. Sr Zamizi Zakaria, Deputy Director, Building Control Department, DBKL
5. Dato’ Dr. Zainah Binti Ibrahim, Deputy Director General (Development), PLANMALAYSIA
6. TPr Norliza Binti Hashim, URBANICE Malaysia
7. Arc. S. Thirilogachandran, Secretary General, EAROPH MALAYSIA
8. Arc. Ezumi Harzani Bin Ismail, National Chapter President, EAROPH MALAYSIA 
9. Dr. Conrad Philipp, Senior Researcher of Cooling Singapore at Singapore-ETH Center, Singapore
10. Prof. Dr. Heba Allah E. Khalil, Prof. of Sustainable Urbanism at Department of Architectural Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt 
11. Prof. Dr. Tuzin Baycan, Prof. of Urban and Regional Planning at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
12. Prof. Ken Yeang, Head of Hamzah & Yeang Architectural and Engineering Company, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
13. Prof. Dr. Steve Kardinal JUSUF, STEVE Tools Developer and Assistant Prof. at the National University of Singapore, Singapore
14. Prof. Dr. Kamal Kumar Murari, Center for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India 
15. Prof. Dr. Rudolf Schäfer, Urban Development Department of Technical University of Berlin Campus El Gouna, Egypt
16. Dr. Nadine Kuhla von Bergmann, Founder and Managing Director of Creative Climate Cities, Berlin, Germany 
17. Liam Fee, Technical Advisor, Climate Change and Urban Development, UN-Habitat
18. Dr. Ranit Chatterjee, Postdoc Fellow on Disaster Management, Kyoto University, Japan
19. Papon Kumar Dev, Senior Researcher at Urban Development Department of Technical University of Berlin Campus El Gouna, Egypt
20. TPr Norliza Binti Hashim, Chief Executive, URBANICE Malaysia
21. Puan Norzaini Binti Noordin, Senior Deputy Director, Project Implementation & Building Maintenance Department, DBKL 
22. Prof Dr. Mohd Talib Latif, School of Environmental and Natural Resource Science, Faculty of Science & Technology, UKM
23. Ar. Azril Amir Jaafar, Principal, VERITAS Architects 
24. Dr. Bijon K. Mitra, Senior Policy Researcher, The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan   
25. Dr. Pankaj Kumar Senior Policy Researcher, The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan   
26. Dr. Sharina Abdul Halim, Fellow & Chair Research Centre for Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability (KASES), Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), UKM
27. Prof. Jonas Joerin, Co-​Director of Future Resilient Systems Programme, ETH Zurich Singapore centre
28. Dr. Sameer Deshkar, Assitant Professor, Architecture department, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT Nagpur), India
29. Mr. Teerapong Laopongpith, Climate Change Management and Coordination Division (CCMC), Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP)
30. Mrs. Pochanie Kajonpredanon, Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning (DPT) 
31. Mr.Theeraphong Krutdilakanan, Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning (DPT)
32. Mrs. Sermsook Noppun, Air Quality and Noise Management Division, Department of Environment, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)
33. Ms. Pajariya Mahakanjana, Public Park Office, Environment Department, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)
34. Mrs.Indhira Euamonlachat, Director of Urban Environment and Area Planning Division, ONEP 
35. Dr. Kanjanee Budthimedhee, School of Architecture and Design, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)
11. Contact: 
  1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Adi Irfan Che Ani
  2. Dr. Parisa Kloss
13. Your Social Media Channels

14. UTC Report: TBC