Road to Glasgow - Kunming: What to Expect from the 26th UNFCCC and the 15th CBD COP

15th October, 2021 | 3.00PM-6.00PM GMT+8 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What is Malaysia’s view on climate change? What are corporate perspectives for net-zero emissions? What does civil society think about climate change and biodiversity loss? This virtual conference will generate new ideas for Malaysia to foster a nature-positive and net-zero economy, with high quality and resilient ecosystem services. Make your voice heard as we prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15).


1500    Welcome address by H.E. Michalis Rokas, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Malaysia

1505    Keynote address by YB Senator Tengku Datuk Seri Utama, Zafrul bin Tengku Abdul Aziz, Minister of Finance for Malaysia

1510    Keynote address by YBhg Datuk Zurinah binti Pawanteh, Secretary General for the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Malaysia

1515    Opening remarks by H.H. Tunku Ali Redhauddin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz, Chairman of WWF-Malaysia

1520    Video presentation on biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation in Malaysia and the EU

1525    Presentation on Net-Zero Emissions Pathway by 2050 by WWF-Malaysia and Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

1535    Presentation on the ASEAN Green Future by Prof Woo Wing Thye, Director of Jeffrey Sach Center and UN-Sustainable Development Solutions Network for Asia

1540    Tea Break

1545    Session 1: Reducing carbon emissions and energy efficiency

1630    Tea Break

1635    Session 2: Retaining and restoring carbon sink, which is also the space for biodiversity conservation

1720    Tea Break

1725    Session 3: Sustainable cities (Co-develop with International Urban and Regional Cooperation - IURC)

Malaysia has made a commitment to reduce the intensity of carbon emissions to 45% by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels. This session will provide an overview on Malaysia’s policies toward the reduction of emissions from power generation and transportation at the federal level followed by a presentation from the Sarawak Economic Planning Unit in supporting the national policies. Tenaga Nasional Berhad will share their commitment in tackling the climate crisis through climate change mitigation and adaptation. We will also get to hear about how the European Union is tackling this issue through the EU Green Deal.

Objective: Considering the role of different stakeholders via a whole of nation approach in transitioning Malaysia's economy to one which is carbon neutral

Moderator: Dr. Hezri Adnan, Executive Director of Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER)

Speaker 1: Datu Dr Muhammad Abdullah, Director, Economic Planning Unit Sarawak 

Speaker 2: Datuk Fazlur Rahman bin Zainuddin, Chief Strategy and Venture of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB)

Speaker 3: Mr Pierluca Merola, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission

This session will share the effort that has been made as well as future planning of Malaysian government in relation with the Convention on Biological Diversity which comprises three (3) main objectives: (i) the conservation of biodiversity; (ii) sustainable use of its components; and (iii) fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources. The Director for Natural Capital from the European Commission will also share how the European Union is tackling this issue through the EU Green Deal. The discussion in the session will be linked to the COP15 vision ‘Living in harmony with nature’.

Objective: Maintaining the integrity of the natural habitat for biodiversity conservation which also provides ecosystem services (including provision of fresh water and regulating services)

Moderator: Mr. Frederick Kugan, Chief Conservator of Forest for Sabah Forestry Department

Speaker 1: Mr. Nazlan Mohammad, Senior Sustainability Manager, Sawit Kinabalu 

Speaker 2: Dr Mark Rayan, Country Director, Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program (WCS Malaysia)

Speaker 3: Dr Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director for Natural Capital, DG for Environment, European Commission

There is vast scope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by applying circular principles – notably re-use, re-manufacturing and re-cycling - to key sectors such as the built environment. Yet it notes that most federal, state and local governments barely consider circular economy measures in policies aimed at meeting the Paris Agreement target of limiting global warming to as close as possible to 1.5°C. The lessons learnt from European cities can be shared with our Malaysian cities to bring all countries in alignment to meet the shared goal of keeping temperatures from increasing above 1.5°C

Objective: Educating Malaysian cities on how they may achieve a circular economy, thereby allowing societies to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement on Climate Action and the long term goal of Greenhouse gas emissions reduction

Moderator: Mr. Pablo Gandara, Team Leader for International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Asia-Australasia

Speaker 1: Ms. Jacqueline Chang, Country Coordinator for IURC Asia-Australasia and Ms. Asih Budiati, Team Leader for Global Covenant of Mayors

Speaker 2: Mr. Carlos Mendes, Director General of Maia Municipality, Portugal

Speaker 3: YBhg. Datuk Hj. Rozali Mohamud, Mayor of Seberang Perai City Council 

Speaker 4: YBhg. Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)


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