Making Malaysia Proud Yet Again, Forest City Won The 2018 Global Model Of City-Industry Integration Award
Country Garden Pacificview (CGPV) Sdn Bhd, the master developer of Forest City in Johor, Malaysia, has won the coveted Global Model of City-Industry Integration Award in the 2018 Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards (SCAHSA). Forest City is the only Malaysian company that has won the award this year.
Figure: Country Garden Holdings Co overseas division vice-general manager Dr Kelly Wang (right) receiving the award from United Nations Centre for Regional Development environmental programme coordinator Choudhury Rudra Charan Mohanty, Environment Programme Coordinator of United Nations Centre for Regional Development.
This is the third time Forest City has represented Malaysia and won the prestigious award on the world stage. In 2017 Forest City won the Global Model of Green Building Industrial Park award for the Industrialised Building System (IBS) Base and in 2016, it clinched the Global Human Settlements Award on Planning and Design award.
SCAHSA is one of the highlights of the Annual Sessions of Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) 2018，a two-day event held at the United Nations Conference Centre here today. The forum is co-organised by the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) and the United Nations Economic And Social Commission For Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). The event is into its 13th year, and has attracted participants worldwide.
This year event attended by senior officials from the United Nations, high-level officials from Thailand and dignitaries such as city mayors and community leaders as well as more than 500 stakeholders from the private and public sector, the annual event provides a global platform for the sharing of innovative approaches and solutions, strategies and technologies. It is also aimed at leveraging the potential of cities to realise objectives, form new partnerships and promote green development.
Figure: Country Garden Malaysia and Forest City director of strategy Ng Zhu Hann during one of the sessions at the Global Forum on Human Settlements.
Country Garden Malaysia and Forest City Director of Strategy Ng Zhu Hann said “Building a sustainable green & smart city is the future of urban development. Unprecedented and rapid urbanisation poses many challenges to the world but at the same time, scientific and technological revolution presents great opportunities for urban planning and development. Sustainability is a big word but this philosophy carries a huge responsibility which includes developing the world with the future generation in mind. Malaysia is a diversified emerging industrial economy in Asia, therefore if industry and property developers can integrate sustainable urban development concepts into their urban planning, it will elevate Malaysia property and construction industry to an international standard,” he said.
Ng also said the company has invested RM730 million building the largest and most advance IBS facility in Southeast Asia is a testament we are walking the talk by championing green and sustainable development. We are proud to represent Malaysia at global stage once again and this UN linked award recognises Forest City and our effort in building a city industry integrated development at the highest level.
Ng, who was among the leading expert panellists, in his speech ‘Facilitating Localisation of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 11’ addressed the United Nations GHFS delegates emphasised ‘in order to ensure the Malaysia and Rakyat benefit from any developments, public-private partnership is the way forward as this will take into account of the interests of the Rakyat especially the B40 and M40 segments. Collective and shared prosperity will ensure Malaysia can once again rise to become the ‘Asian Tiger’. Forest City and Country Garden will work closely with the Government of Malaysia towards this goal in line with the 11th Malaysian Plan.