The Solutions Towards Sustainable Communities Biennial Summit (STSCS) and EXPO 2018-2022 is planned to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia every two years, starting in 2018. This international summit is viewed as an important stakeholder-based response to the increasing challenges faced by communities in respect of managing scarce resources in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.
International Conference and Expo
A distinctive feature of the summit will be to connect leading local government municipal leaders and mayors from around the world, and the sustainability issues and challenges they face, with the private sector that can offer cutting edge solutions to respond effectively to these challenges. Financial institution will also attend that are able to offer innovative financing models and structured packages so that a lack of funding does not become a barrier. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Expomal International Sdn Bhd and Asian Development Bank are the strategic partners for this project.
It is proposed to organise a Solutions Towards Sustainable Communities Biennial Summit (STSCS) and EXPO 2018-2022 that will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia every two years, starting in 2018. The summit is viewed as an important stakeholder based response to the increasing challenges faced by communities in respect of managing scarce resources in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. A community based response is also viewed as the starting point for responding to the challenges faced globally as enunciated through the recently adopted United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
The choice of sustainability as the umbrella theme for the summit has been carefully considered. Having initially considered resilience and then climate change as themes to connect with communities, these were discounted in favour of the broader theme of sustainability and importantly this has been rooted in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In this way, both resilience and climate change are included as potential summit sub-themes through SDGs 11 and 13 respectively.
The STSCS and EXPO represents a significant opportunity for city stakeholders from around the world to come together and consider a wide range of inclusive measures that will enable them to mount an effective response to the challenges outlined in the SDGs within their communities. Whilst this summit seeks to build upon similar events like the Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Congress held in Thailand and Malaysia in 2015 and 2016 respectively and the World Cities Summit 2014 and 2016 in Singapore, there will be a number of key elements of the proposed STSCS and EXPO that will make it pioneering in nature.
Key Programme Elements and Structure
A distinctive feature of the summit will be to connect leading local government municipal leaders and mayors, and the sustainability issues and challenges they face, with the private sector that can offer cutting edge solutions to respond effectively to these challenges. Moreover, these solutions will extend to innovative financing solutions and business models, which will be attractive to local governments confronted with budgetary constraints. Crucially, the summit will be driven through a results based approach, where post summit monitoring and evaluation will be driven through a STSCS Secretariat led by Green Growth Asia.
It is also planned for the STSCS and EXPO to comprise a Youth Day Event and separately an Academia Event, thereby ensuring that the summit is inclusive and reaches a diversified range of community stakeholders.
A central tenant for the summit will be the stated objective of providing a platform for local government leaders and their sustainability challenges to come face to face with both private sector organisations and their state-of-the-art technologies and solutions and financial institutions and their innovative financing models, which will ensure that funding does not become a barrier to the implementation of community based sustainability projects. This will be a practical meeting with case studies and even pre-summit meetings between local government leaders and the private sector as preparatory work for the summit itself.
It is also planned, as part of the summit’s preparation work, to conduct a survey through this network to identify key issues and challenges in advance and to prepare targeted papers and provide advance information to private sector organisations to they can be ready to respond with tailored solutions to real situations.
Project Roll Out
The first STSCS and EXPO is planned to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2018 with an expected 500 participants attending the summit and 50 booths supporting the EXPO, which will run concurrently.
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability will be a lead project promotor and the STSCS and EXPO 2017 will be promoted through their global network of members.
Expected Programme Outcomes
- Provide a well-considered general context on the environmental and sustainability issues facing cities and the importance of making a response at an early stage
- Consider environmental and sustainability issue within the context of SDGs and how they affect and impact upon communities and the benefits that can be derived from an early and effective intervention
- Highlight the specific challenges faced by cities and the need for stakeholders, particularly local government policy makers, mayors and implementers, to respond at an early stage and create a conducive regulatory framework for local government and the private sector to mount an effective response
- Envision young people on the realities set out in the SDGs and how these specifically impact upon their communities and encourage and galvanise them to participate in the process of making an effective response
- Showcase private sector solutions, including innovative financing and business model solutions
- Create a results-based approach that looks to strong monitoring and evaluation after the conclusion of each summit
- Create a multi-stakeholder partnership and network structure for future cooperation and collaboration that aims to be inclusive by drawing on private sector and academic technological solutions
- Outline the various ways in which a response might be made, including an overview of available technologies, products and services and their importance
- Identify innovative funding, business model and resource mobilisation mechanisms, including a Zero CAPEX Model
- Identify capacity building needs within the stakeholder network and consider programmes that will respond to this need
- Create a platform through the EXPO for the private sector and academia to showcase a full range of commercial and technical response mechanisms, products and services and provide an access for local government to interface with the private sector and academia