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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Kuala Lumpur a model green city

ONE of the key highlights of the Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) themed “Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda”, which was held for the first time in Kuala Lumpur, was a song about our very own capital city. Titled Kuala Lumpur, the song left foreign dignitaries dancing and singing to its catchy tune.

The song was launched and first performed by the Limkokwing University Choir during the opening ceremony of #WUF9 in front of an audience from over 190 countries. When singing the song, one will not only learn about the forum’s focus on the New Urban Agenda as a tool and accelerator for achieving Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals but KL’s progress as a model and connected green city as well.

From the MRT that connects the Klang Valley to The Exchange 106 skyscraper at the Tun Razak Exchange, the lyrics of the song aim to drive home the message that Malaysia is ahead of global standards for sustainable urban development even in the coming decades.

Accompanying the song is a “video” produced by Limkokwing University featuring breathtaking views of KL, highlighting the next level of progress under the vision of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Kuala Lumpur has truly progressed from being a tin-mining town to one of the world’s most liveable cities.

It is my sincere hope that the foreign delegates, who came from all over the world to identify and commit to the implementation of concrete solutions for the transformative commitments made in the New Urban Agenda, explore Kuala Lumpur and go home with the WUF9 song Kuala Lumpur etched in the hearts and minds.

TAN SRI DATUK SERI PADUKA LIM KOK WING

Kuala Lumpur