KUCHING: The Sarawak State Urban Renewal Implementation Guidelines will be updated to be in line with the Sarawak Post COVID-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 said Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.
He said, the guidelines too will be according to the New Urban Agenda of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) at the international level.
He said this can be accomplished through cooperation between the International Trade, Industry and Investment Ministry and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Presently, both parties are collaborating on the Sarawak State Urban Development Policy, whose proposal paper is currently being evaluated, as well as the Sarawak Biodiversity Masterplan, which is in the implementation stage.
Delegates from the Sarawak government, led by Awang Tengah, met with Michael Marella, director of the New York City Department of City Planning, Climate and Sustainability Planning, for an information-sharing session while on a work trip to New York, United States of America recently.
Awang Tengah, meanwhile, shared with the New York City Planning Department on a number of initiatives taken by the Sarawak government to gain recognition from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for its national parks.
The Mulu National Park has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site while the Niah Caves is looking to obtain similar recognition.
The Deputy Premier also told the New York delegation that Sarawak Delta Geopark has recently been ranked sixth in Malaysia and has been designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark.
Meanwhile, in the afternoon, the Sarawak delegation attended a luncheon hosted by Malaysia’s permanent representative to the UN, Datuk Syed Mohamad Hasrin Tengku Hussin at his office.
Representatives from the Malaysian Consulate General in New York, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), and the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) in New York were also among those that were present.
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