MALACCA: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron has used his charm to woo the key committee members of ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) to hold their International conference in this historic city, a prestigious event held for the first time in South-East Asia.
It’s a major breakthrough for Idris as the conference will give Malaysia the honour to host an international group of influential and powerful city managers.
The Chief Minister relentlessly campaigned for the event to be held in Malacca and his effort finally yielded positive result when the ICLEI supremos agreed to hold the congress here in February 2016.
Apart from selecting Malaysia, ICLEI officials also absorb the Chief Minister as part of its executive councillor, making him as the first Malaysian to be recognised with such a prominent accolade.
CLEI is the world’s leading network of over 1,000 cities, towns and metropolises committed to building a sustainable future.
The organisation help members to make their cities sustainable, low-carbon, resilient, bio-diverse, resource-efficient and healthy with a green economy and smart infrastructure.
An elated Idris said that the event would witness the arrival of 170 mayors from various major cities.
“The event will greatly impact the state on a long term basis and also help increase tourism arrival with the presence of these ICLEI members,” he said after chairing the weekly Exco meeting on Thursday.
The week-long triennial event will delve on several issues such as plenaries on trends and targets, financing, accelerating local action for the betterment of the people.
ICLEI’s international conference provides mayors, local government politicians and staff, representatives from international agencies, national governments, donors and other partners with the opportunity for peer exchanges, knowledge-sharing, capacity building and on-site visits and exhibits.
Apart from the conference, ICLEI also hold triennial World Congress where South Korea hosted it in April.
By hosting the world congress and conference, a city benefits from showcasing their environmental and sustainable development activities to the international arena; generate local and international media attention for their initiatives, gain international exposure for their city among the local government community and international organisations.