The UTM-Low Carbon Asia Research (UTM-LCAR) Centre, Faculty of Built Environment, co-hosted with the ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat a side event entitled Advancing Sustainability of Asian Cities and Regions and staged an exhibition on the same title at the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom3) of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) held on 25-27 July 2016 in Surabaya, Indonesia.

The important event was the third of three meetings by the Preparatory Committee established under the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 67/216 to carry out preparations for the Habitat III Conference to be held in Quito, Ecuador on 17-20 October 2016. A total of 4,248 registered attendees from 142 countries descended on Surabaya to contribute to discussions on the New Urban Agenda before the Habitat III Conference in Quito.

UTM and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment are proud to have contributed to the discussion on the New Urban Agenda through the side event and exhibition, which have been visited by dignitaries including Dr. Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Public Works and Housing of the Republic of Indonesia and YBhg. Datuk Haji Mohammad bin Mentek, Chief Secretary, Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Malaysia.