Sustainable Urban Development Framework

The Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) aimed at spurring economic development in participating provinces and states in the three countries. The initiative on Green Cities Action Plan (GCAP) currently being implemented in Melaka (Malaysia) and Songkhla (Thailand) and soon to be implemented in Medan and Batam, Indonesia were applauded. However, leaders emphasized the need for continued individual and collective actions to mitigate environmental impacts, including the increasing risks posed by climate change. The Leaders have directed IMT-GT to scale up successful GCAP models, and work towards developing a Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) Framework for IMT-GT cities. The implementation of action plans under this sub-regional framework could open new investment opportunities, with green, liveable IMT-GT cities providing strong sources of growth in the sub-region.