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GCoM Malaysian Cities at COP28 with National Ministries from Malaysia

Dubai, 30 November – 12 December 2023 | The UNFCCC’s Conference of Parties in Dubai (COP28) in December 2023 was the largest ever, where the host issued almost 100,000 badges. In a demonstration of global solidarity, negotiators from nearly 200 Parties came together in Dubai with a decision on the world’s first ‘global stocktake’ to step up climate action before the end of the decade – with the overarching aim to keep the global temperature limit of 1.5oC within reach.

With the involvement from GCoM Malaysian cities, including Iskandar Regional Development Authority, Hang Tuah Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, and Kota Kinabalu, the COP28 Malaysian Delegation had close to 700 perople in total . The GCoM cities who could not join us in person (they were joining online), were represented by State Governments from the 14 states in Malaysia.

Mayors associated with GCoM were invited by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) and other DGs such as DG ENER to showcase their work for climate and amplify the voices of cities and local leaders during side events organised at the EU Pavilion. The GCoM Secretariat and the Covenant of Mayors for the Mediterranean (CoM Med) seized the opportunity which was offered by DG CLIMA to promote the concrete work of GCoM signatory cities committed to addressing energy issues, combat climate change, and work towards a low-emission and climate-resilient future.

On 11 December 2023, YBhg. Datuk Noorliza Awang Alip, the then Mayor of Kota Kinabalu (who has since retired on 31 December 2023) was invited by the European Union and the GCoM Global Secretariat in Brussels to contribute to the Mayoral Panel Discussion on  “Building Climate Neutral and Resilient Cities: A Journey to Implementation”. Her thematic topic was on “Dedicated youth engagement to provide them with a meaningful role in shaping the city’s future”. She was joined by Ms. Doreen Miller Robinson (Labasa Town Council, Fiji), Mr. André Grande (Prefect Mayor of Pastaza, Ecuador), Mr. Ali Shukor (Mayor & President of the Union of Eastern Baalbeck Municipalities, Lebanon), Mr. Marwan Kaiss (Mayor of Batloun, Lebanon), Dr. Nabil Ahmed Alkofahi (Mayor of Irbid, Jordan), Ms. Nada Mohamed (EU Jeel Connector/MTE Climate Ambassador, Egypt). The interactive panel discussion was moderated by Ms. Omnia El Omrani, Youth Envoy COP27 President.

Left to Right: Tuan Abdul Manaf Rajikan, Deputy Director General for Planning and Development and Ms. Elaine Chang, Engineer from Kota Kinabalu City Hall together with the panel speakers during the networking session.

Key Takeaways

  1. Cities, as drivers of growth & hubs of innovation, are at the front lines of the climate and energy crisis.
  2. Cities are already acting on climate change and energy but need partnerships with the civil society including youth organisations and increased access to finance to implement projects and ensure resilient urban economies.
  3. Cities need to address huge challenges and explore innovative approaches to support climate and energy action, promote greater cooperation and increase access to funding.
  4. Despite the challenges, cities are ready to tackle climate change and they need finance for change.
  5. Because cities are engines of sustainable growth and recovery, GCoM and CoM Med empower them to drive and scale up climate action and share solutions that work.

Recording of the event:

On 10 December 2023, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability, Malaysia collaborated with the Ministry of Environment, Japan, their partners and stakeholders to deliver a seminar and networking session at the Japan Pavilion for Japan’s international cooperation on climate change. GCoM Malaysian cities and technical partners were invited for this event together with other Ministries from India, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam, the Republic of Korea and many more countries. Additionally, Japan’s “Assistance Package to Promote Investments for Global Actions Toward the Achievement of the Paris Agreement Goals” was unveiled by Minister Shintaro Ito. This package will strengthen partnerships for science-based long-term strategies throughout Asia. Click here to access the press release

Right to Left: YBrs. Dr. Hartini bin Mohd Nasir, Primary Undersecretary Climate Change Division, Ministry of Natural Resources & Environmental Sustainability, Ms. Jacqueline Chang, Country Coordinator, GCoM Asia, Ms. Elaine Chang (Kota Kinabalu City Hall)  together with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia – Low Carbon Asia Research Centre was present on 10 December 2023


Written by: Jacqueline Chang (GCoM Country Coordination for Malaysia)
Reviewed by: Rona Ikram Putri

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