Virtual event: International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities 2021

Kuala Lumpur, 23 September 2021 – The 12th International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities 2021 (WCSC 2021) will be held virtually from 27-28 September.

With this year’s chosen theme on ‘Low Carbon Society: From Blueprint to Implementation’, the 12th WCSC conference series will explore and address the benefits and challenges pertaining to low carbon cities, sustainable urban mobility, urban environment/greenery and climate change.

According to UN Habitat, cities consume 78 per cent of the world’s energy and produce more than 60 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. At the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Denmark and having ratified the Paris Agreement 2015, Malaysia has committed to reducing its carbon emission intensity in comparison to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 45 per cent by the year 2030 relative to the emissions intensity of GDP in year 2005.

Cities globally are taking initiatives and working on a sustainable urbanisation approach that centres on reducing the carbon footprint or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of cities by means of minimising or abolishing the utilisation of energy sourced from fossil fuels and tackling climate change. A low carbon city is a society where people collaborate and put efforts into reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions, whether emitted from the hustle and bustle of daily life, or from commercial and industrial activities.

WCSC 2021 aims to encourage and enable all interested public and private stakeholders to engage and participate in the two-day conference programmes. It is expected that there will be 1,000 delegates, international and local speakers including panellists from Denmark, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Africa and Malaysia. They will share knowledge on international best practices and case studies from other World Class Cities.

WCSC 2021 Speakers:

  • YB Datuk Seri Haji Mahadi bin Che Ngah, Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
  • YB Dato’ Seri Ir Dr Zaini Ujang, Secretary-General, Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA), Malaysia;
  • YB Professor Dato’ Ir Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor, Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Malaya (UM);
  • David Sim, Partner/Creative Director, Gehl, Denmark;
  • Dr Andy Bow, Senior Partner & Deputy Head of Studio, Foster & Partners, United Kingdom;
  • Carly Gilbert-Patrick, Team Leader—Active Mobility, Digitalisation & Mode Integration, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Africa;
  • Esben Neander Kristensen, Director and Team Lead, Gehl, Denmark;
  • Dr Ir Aisa Dokmauly Tobing, Deputy Secretary-General, CityNet (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements in Asia Pacific)/Senior Advisor to the Governor of Jakarta/Secretary-General, Jakarta Research Council (DRD), Indonesia; and
  • Serina Hijjas, Director, Hijjas Architects & Planners, Malaysia.

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