• Wednesday 19 Oct 2016
  • Promoting Low-Carbon Urban Green Growth in Asia and the Pacific

    Side Events
    Venue: R4
    Lead Organization:
    • The Ministry Of Urban Wellbeing Housing And Local Government Of Malaysia.
    Partner Organizations:
    • C40,
    • Government Of Fiji,
    • Government Of Viet Nam,
    • Organisation For Economic Co-operation And Development (OECD),
    • The United Nations Economic And Social Commission For Asia And The Pacific (UN-ESCAP).

    In Asia and the Pacific Region, where urbanisation is occurring at an unprecedented speed, cities are faced with tremendous opportunities for growth but also challenges. As an example, Malaysia is facing a rapid rate of urbanization, but this is also coupled with degradation of environmental quality, an inefficient urban transportation system, high living costs, and a decline in quality of living for urban dwellers. Urban green growth is a policy approach which aims to foster economic growth and development while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and ecosystem services on which our wellbeing relies. Low-carbon urban green growth has been increasingly recognised as a key urban development framework to support both urban and economic growth, but also sustainable urban development. This high-level side event, hosted by Tan Sri Noh Omar, Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government of Malaysia, convenes policy makers and government representatives to demonstrate how low-carbon urban green growth can be a key transformative policy approach in the context of the New Urban Agenda, and to discuss effective strategies to promote low-carbon urban green growth in Asia and the Pacific Region. The OECD and UN-ESCAP, who strongly support the agenda in the Asia and Pacific region, are co-organising the event. Key questions to be addressed in the side event include: - How can low-carbon urban green growth promote the implementation of the New Urban Agenda? - What are most pressing challenges for promoting actions for lowcarbon urban green growth in Asia and the Pacific Region? - What are effective strategies that enable local governments to foster low-carbon urban green growth? - How can local governments increase their finance capacity to be able to implement actions for low-carbon urban green growth? - What is the role of international communities in supporting member states in fostering low-carbon urban green growth, as a key transformative action of the New Urban Agenda?