Penang, Malaysia

Pearl of the Orient

Penang experiences tropical weather year-round.
32°C / 89.6°F
25°C / 77°F
Penang's currency is the Malaysian ringgit – written RM or MYR.
USD 1.00
Languages & Intepretations
The national language of Malaysia is Malay. Though, English is widely spoken and understood in Malaysia.

For complete information on Penang:

VenueAccomodationTravel and VisaGoing AroundCode of ConductFAQ
SETIA SPICE Convention Centre
The World Class Integrated Convention Centre, Setia SPICE Convention Centre comprises contiguous space of 4,500 square metre pillar-less ballroom providing unobstructed view of the stage, that can accommodate 400 round banquet tables or 8000 theatre seating's for any conference.
Address: 108C, Jalan Tun Dr Awang, Sungai Nibong Kecil, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
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Accomodation – APUF7 Partner Hotels
Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for accommodations.
Lexis Suites Penang
28, Jalan Kumbar, 11920 Bayan Lepas, Penang
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Seri Malaysia Hotel Penang
No 7, Jalan Mayang Pasir 2, Bayan Baru, 11950 Pulau Pinang
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Equatorial Hotel Penang
1, Jalan Bukit Jambul, Byan Lepas, 11900 Penang
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Vistana Hotel
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213 Jalan Bukit Gambir, 11950, Bukit Jambul, Penang, Malaysia.
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Olive Tree Hotel
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76, Jalan Mahsuri, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
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Eastin Hotel Penang
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Queensbay, 1, Solok Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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Eastern & Oriental Hotel
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10, Lebuh Farquhar George Town 10200 George Town Pulau Pinang Malaysia
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Travel & Visa Information

For complete information for Malaysia’s Visa requirements please visit the Malaysia Immigration Department’s website at

Visit Site

As Penang is so compact, travelling around the island and exploring the mainland is relatively easy whether you choose public transport or rental vehicles.

Going Around
Taxis are easily available around the island; it is a common means of getting around by visitors. Be sure to agree on a price before boarding the taxi.
The main public bus service is by Rapid Penang and it covers an extensive area both on the island and mainland. It also operates a Free CAT (Central Area Transit) bus service within George Town.
Rent a car
Renting a car offers great flexibility and convenience. They are charged by daily rate – all you have to do is pay a deposit and the car is yours to go anywhere with. Car rentals are available around town – most hotels can hook you up with one.
Driven purely on manpower, the iconic trishaw is great for going around George Town. Opt for a trishaw ride if you enjoy breezy rides. Be sure to agree on a price before starting your journey.
Bicycles and motorbikes also offer inexpensive and fun ways to explore the island. There is a shared bike system in the city and its surroundings and other bike rentals are also available along the hotel stretch of BatuFerringhi.
E-Hailing Services
Apps such as Grab is available in Penang. Simply download the app to start booking your trips. Payment is either by cash or credit/debit card.
Code of Conduct
The organizations of the United Nations system are committed to enabling events at which everyone can participate in an inclusive, respectful and safe environment.

UN system events are guided by the highest ethical and professional standards, and all participants are expected to behave with integrity and respect towards all participants attending or involved with any UN system event.
The Code of Conduct applies to any UN system event, which shall include meetings, conferences and symposia, assemblies, receptions, scientific and technical events, expert meetings, workshops, exhibits, side events and any other forum organized, hosted or sponsored in whole or part by a UN system entity wherever it takes place. and any event or gathering that takes place on UN system premises whether or not a UN system entity is organizing, hosting or sponsoring.

The Code of Conduct applies to all participants at a UN system event, including all persons attending or involved in any capacity in a UN system event.

The UN system or other entity responsible for a UN system event commits to implementing the Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct is not a legal or prescriptive in nature. It supplements, and does not affect, the application of other relevant policies, regulations, rules and laws, including laws regulating the premises in which the UN system event takes place and any applicable host country agreements.
Prohibited conduct
Harassment in any improper or unwelcome conduct that might reasonable be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation to another person. Harassment in any form because of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, physical appearance, ethnicity, race, national origin, political affiliation, age, religion or any other reason is prohibited at UN system events.

Sexual harassment is a specific type of prohibited conduct. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offense or humiliation. Sexual harassment may involve any conduct of a verbal, nonverbal or physical nature, including written and electronic communications, and may occur between persons of the same or different genders.
  • Making derogatory or demeaning comments about someone's sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Name-calling or using slurs with a gender/sexual connotation
  • Making sexual comments about appearance, clothing or body parts
  • Rating a person's sexuality
  • Repeatedly asking a person for dates or asking for sex
  • Staring in a sexually suggestive manner
  • Unwelcome touching, including pinching, patting, rubbing or purposefully brushing up against a person
  • Making inappropriate sexual gestures, such as pelvic thrusts
  • Sharing sexual or lewd anecdotes or jokes
  • Sending sexually suggestive communication in any format
  • Sharing or displaying sexually inappropriate images or videos in any format
  • Attempted or actual sexual assault, including rape
Complaint process
A participant who feels that they have been harassed at a UN system event may report the matter to the organizer of the UN system event or relevant security authority and a participant who witnessed such harassment should make such a report. Such reporting shall have no effect on any applicable rules and procedures that may apply in the UN system or to other personnel. The organizer of the UN system event will be expected to take appropriate action in accordance with its applicable policies, regulations and rules.
  • undertaking a fact-finding exercise
  • requesting the perpetrator to immediately stop the offending behavior
  • suspending or terminating the perpetrator's access to the UN system event or refusing registration at future UN system events, or both
  • conveying the complaint to any investigative or disciplinary authority with jurisdiction over the person accused of harassment
  • conveying a report to the employer or entity with jurisdiction over the person accused of harassment for appropriate follow-up action
The victim of alleged harassment may also seek help from other relevant authorities, such as the police, bearing in mind the applicable legal framework.

A participant should never make a false or misleading claim about prohibited conduct.
Prohibition of retaliation
Threats, intimidation or any other form of retaliation against a participant who has made a complaint or provided information in support of a complaint are prohibited. The UN system or other entity responsible for a UN system event will take any reasonable appropriate action needed to prevent and respond to retaliation, in accordance with its applicable policy, regulations and rules.
Frequently Asked Question
When and where is APUF-7 being held?
The venue for APUF-7 is the SETIA Spice Convention Centre, Penang, Malaysia, from 15-17 October 2019.
Is there a registration fee?
There will be no fee attached to online registrations.  
Who is organising APUF-7?
The co-organizers of APUF-7 are United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), UN-Habitat and Urbanice Malaysia. The host city is the City Council of Penang Island.
How can I get a visa to enter Malaysia?
For visa requirement information, please visit the Forum website ( Please be informed that all registrants and participants are responsible on their own to obtain entry visa into Malaysia. The co-organizers will not be able to assist with visa matters unless the participants are officially invited and sponsored.
Who is eligible to register?
APUF-7 is a multi-stakeholder event aiming to attract diverse constituents all with an interest in sustainable urban development. Participants will include distinguished guests, senior level policy decision makers from Government, civil society representatives, community-based organisations, academic institutions, financial development institutions, the private sector, bilateral agencies, and international organisations.
How can I submit application for the Side Events?
The Side Events (Urban Innovation Sessions) are 60-90 minutes in length and being held across all three days. These sessions will discuss the overall theme of APUF-7 and aim to showcase initiatives and development solutions to accelerate the New Urban Agenda and the urban dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Any stakeholder may submit an application to organise an Urban Innovation Session. Requests are limited to ONE application per institution or entity. Proposed sessions should be closely related to APUF-7 thematics and should be open to all Forum participants. Call for proposals are currently open until 8 July 2019. Please submit a proposal via the APUF-7 website ( Criteria for the proposals, instructions, and details about the proposals which are most likely to be accepted can be found in the Urban Innovation Guidebook (Click here to download).
How can I register to participate?
You are able to register online by following the registration link on the APUF-7 website ( Registration is conducted through the UN ESCAP meetings website. If you do not have an account you will need to create one by selecting the ‘Sign Up’ option. If you have previously used this platform then you can proceed to log in and register.
How do I register for the Exhibition?
The Exhibition (City Solutions Pavilion) allows individual organizations to showcase their projects, knowledge products and initiatives in a free flow interactive environment which supports bilateral networking. The Forum will allow all participants to view the Exhibition from 15 to 17 October 2019. Depending on the size of the booth, organizations can also hold smaller scale events at the space and larger exhibitions can be accommodated in the arena.
Registrations for an exhibition booth are not yet finalised. Please refer back to the APUF-7 website for further updates. Registrations will incur a fee.
What does the programme for APUF-7 look like?
APUF-7 will provide multiple platforms for comprehensive discussion which will engage all stakeholders or participants. APUF-7 programme structure includes the following:
  1. Assemblies – Self-organised meetings of stakeholder groups, serving as an opportunity for each constituency to share their experiences.
  2. Opening Session – 90 minutes opening of the Forum, involving keynotes and the launch of the Future of Asia-Pacific Cities Report 2019.
  3. High-level roundtable – 60 minutes interactive dialogue on Day 1.
  4. Leader’s Dialogues – 4 x 90 minutes events throughout the three days.
  5. Deep Dive Discussion – 90 minutes parallel seminars to define future policy actions. 16 sessions in total, 4 for each thematic track.
  6. City Solutions Pavilion – Individual organisations showcase their projects or experiences.
  7. Urban breakfasts – 60 minutes morning receptions on Days 2 and 3.
  8. Hosted receptions – 120 minutes evening reception for networking and launching of publications.
  9. Declare your actions! – 60 minutes session on Day 3 to synthesise the various high level commitments and establish a review process.
  10. Closing session – 30 minutes session to conclude APUF-7.
Who will be speaking at APUF-7?
Speakers are yet to be announced. Please refer back to the APUF-7 website for updates.
Is accommodation for APUF-7 participants provided?
Participants are required to make their own arrangements for accommodation. We have four partner hotels. Please refer to the Accommodation section on the website for promo codes and details about these hotels.
Save the date!
Join us at the seventh session of the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF7) in Penang, Malaysia from 15 to 17 October 2019