Themed ‘KUALA LUMPUR: TODAY & BEYOND’, cities today and its inhabitants are facing continuous challenges and pressures for further economic growth and stronger competitive advantage. At the same time, cities are expected to provide for better quality of life in an improved urban environment. This includes a conducive, inclusive and affordable living environment, excellent connectivity and ample outdoor public spaces set within a greener, and therefore, cooler urban setting.
The present challenge facing every city including Kuala Lumpur today is how to balance the need to provide a sustainable infrastructure and environment within the city, and the affordability gap that meets the unwavering trend of continuous migration and growth of population in the city. Cities therefore need to reinvent themselves to implement and rethink policies and innovative solutions for all issues confronting cities, to achieve the global goal of sustainable development and to implement the New Urban Agenda, an agenda that is universal and applicable to all.
Teck Giap Soon
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