Catalysing Transformative Action for Sustainability and Resilient Urbanisation
Memangkin Tindakan Transformatif untuk Perbandaran Mampan dan Berdaya Tahan
With more than 24 million Malaysians living in urban areas, it has and will continue to place great stress on our local resources as we strive to meet needs and demands to support growth and development. These challenges include the impact of urbanization on the environment and climate change, affecting livelihoods, food systems, water and air quality, as well as the socio-economic inequalities of our communities.
Embracing sustainable urbanization brings great opportunities for change, and when well managed and planned, urbanization has the potential to become a positive transformational force for every aspect of sustainable development.
In the context of the climate crisis, addressing climate change also requires transformation, where climate actions with positive impacts can shift and accelerate the trajectory of progress towards a climate-neutral, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable development pathway.
MUF2023 aims to explore transformative actions that will catalyze sustainable and resilient urbanization. They seek high-impact initiatives that demonstrate transformative progress despite challenging circumstances and hope to mobilize the leadership of all key stakeholders to bring SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) solutions to scale between now and 2030.
The forum could conduct surveys or collect feedback from local communities to gauge their perceptions, satisfaction, and the effectiveness of the initiatives implemented;
The forum could document and share case studies and success stories that highlight the positive changes and outcomes resulting from sustainable development initiatives in local communities;
The forum could develop specific indicators and metrics to track and measure the progress and impact of sustainable development initiatives on various aspects, such as social, economic, and environmental factors;
The forum could engage in ongoing dialogue and consultation with local communities to understand their needs, aspirations, and challenges. This engagement can provide insights into the effectiveness and impact of the initiatives;
The forum could collaborate with relevant stakeholders, including government agencies, NGOs, and academic institutions, to establish a monitoring and evaluation framework that assesses the impact of sustainable development initiatives on local communities.
It is important to note that the specific methods used to measure impact may vary depending on the nature of the initiatives and the available resources. MUF may employ a combination of these approaches or develop its own tailored approach to measure the impact of its sustainable development initiatives on local communities.
MUF program includes for categories of partner-driven events: Training Workshop, Side Events, Exhibition and Social Enterprise Platform.
Great networking with participants from every walk of life
Voice your views and give ideas for the urban plans for future Malaysia
Join the conversation and participate in discussions with like minded people
Listen to talks from experts of varied fields and backgrounds
View and learn from the Exhibition that showcase various solutions to urban challenges
The Malaysia Urban Forum 2023 (MUF2023) will take place at two distinct venues, offering a dynamic experience for participants:
1) Sarawak State Library (Pustaka Negeri Sarawak) - November 4th, 2023
Address: Jalan Pustaka, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
This portion of the event will be hosted at the Sarawak State Library, an iconic institution dedicated to knowledge and research. Located in the vibrant city of Kuching, this venue offers a rich environment for discussions and networking among participants.
2) Hikmah Exchange Event Centre - November 5th to 8th, 2023
Address: Jalan Haji Taha, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak
From the 5th to the 8th of November, the Malaysia Urban Forum 2023 will continue its proceedings at the Hikmah Exchange Event Centre. This venue promises a dynamic atmosphere, conducive to engaging conversations and the exchange of innovative ideas related to urban development.
The Malaysia Urban Forum 2023 (MUF2023) will be held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia from (Saturday) 4 November 2023 to (Wednesday) 8 November 2023.
The Forum will open at 9:00 A.M on (Saturday) 4 November 2023 for stakeholder assemblies. The badge collection and on-site registration will take place at the venue Sarawak State Library (Pustaka Negeri Sarawak) of the Forum starting at 8:00 A.M the same day.
MUF participants are requested to register online and in advance to facilitate smooth coordination of the issuance name badges for all participants. Please note that the. Kindly log on to the Forum website and ensure that you are properly registered: bit.ly/MUF2023.
Access to the venues is subject to the presentation of identification badge. Badges will be issued at the registration area located in the lobby area of Sarawak State Library (Pustaka Negeri Sarawak) and Hikmah Exchange Event Centre
For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear their name badges at all times during the Forum.
Below is a list of hotels which are located within Kuching. You may wish to contact the hotel representative for details on actual room rates:
The Forum will be conducted in Malay and English with access to sign-language.
A total of 6 airlines are currently operating into and within Sarawak with a range of direct flights from 4 main cities in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Penang & Kota Kinabalu), 3 cities within Sarawak itself (Miri, Sibu & Bintulu) and 1 direct flight from an international destination (Singapore). MASWings are also a viable option to accrue Rural Air Services which serves 40 destinations across East Malaysia.
The bus network of Kuching is the slowest but cheapest form of travel with different departure points based on the destination and operating bus company. The downtown area of Kuching is mainly served by 2 main lines which may help you to get from point A to point B.
The Kuching E-Bus Service serves a total of 54 locations throughout Kuching beginning at the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly and ending its journey at the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre from 6AM to 4PM daily with an interval of every 2 hours.
The Sarawak Transport Company’s (STC) green and yellow buses serve the downtown Kuching area and leads into the southbound suburban segments of the city.
Taxis can be prevalently found in all major destinations within Kuching especially in fundamental tourism zones, notorious hotels as well as major transit hubs such as Kuching Sentral and the Airport. The fee from the airport to downtown typically costs RM26. However, not all taxis utilize a meter so make sure to negotiate a fair fare beforehand before beginning the ride. Alternatively, call +6082-343343/342255 or +6082-348898 for 24-Hour Radio Taxi service (RM1 surcharge). Short distances around town are RM 7-12.
E-hailing is arguably the most convenient mode of travel to get around Kuching with Grab having a major presence within the city especially within the city centre with competitive prices with taxis.
There are various car rental agencies operating in Kuching and Sarawak as a whole with varying price ranges based on the model of the car and its capacity. Be wary of unlicensed operators as they will not be fully insured so make sure to look for the Hire & Drive permit fixed to the windscreen.
1. Kayak Car Rentals - https://www.kayak.com.my/Kuching-Airport-Car-Rentals.KCH.cap.ksp
2. Car 4 Rent.my - https://car4rent.my/
3. Booking Car Kuching - https://bookingcarkuching.com/?
Kuching is the most populous city in the state and the epicentre of business and economy especially in the fields of medicine, pharmaceuticals, technology, arts and culture among many more. While the city is popular for its business landscape, it is also known for its tapestry of culture, adventure, nature, food and festivals.
Sarawak's development strategies account for and prioritise environmental sustainability as exemplified by our early investment in renewables through the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy. This commitment continues and is embedded in our Post COVID-19 Development Strategy, with environmental sustainability being identified as one of three main pillars that will support our drive to achieve high income status by 2030 while simultaneous ensuring a clean and healthy environment for all.
"As the host of MUF2023, Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara is confident that with close collaboration with Urbanice and other strategic partners, MUF2023 can be successfully executed and achieve the set obiectives."
Sarawak celebrated the 60th anniversary of independence Diamond Jubilee on 22nd July 2023 with the theme Prosperous Progressive Sarawak. Sarawak's Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 is implementing various measures to stimulate the economy, increase our productivity and to be competitive in the global market.