A.R.C Challenge Malaysia Forum 1: Youth, Climate Change and Cultural Rights

The British Council in Malaysia is pleased to invite you to the A.R.C Challenge Malaysia Forum 1 on Youth, Climate Change and Cultural Rights which focuses on climate change and cultural rights, specifically from the perspective of youths.

The forum will see the announcement of three seed funding grants of up to £10,000 each to kick-start innovative, joint UK-Malaysia responses to a shared climate change challenge involving young people aged 18–35. 

The forum will feature:

  • Short presentations by experts from Malaysia and the UK
  • A panel discussion by youth leaders from the arts, science and education sectors in Malaysia and the UK, and
  • An announcement of the successful applicants of the A.R.C Challenge Malaysia Grant in response to Climate Change and COP26.

The A.R.C. Challenge Malaysia is one of the British Council’s lead up initiatives to COP26. A.R.C. stands for ‘Awareness, Resilience and Collaboration’ in response to climate change.


Date: 4 February 2021
Time: 4.30 – 6.00p.m.
Venue: Microsoft Teams 

Register for the forum here!



Time Programme
4.30 p.m. Forum introduction

Sharaad Kuttan, Senior Advisor, Astro Awani 

Forum moderator on behalf of the British Council

Welcome remarks

H.E. Charles Hay, British High Commissioner to Malaysia

Introduction: Climate Change and Cultural Rights

Florence Lambert, British Council, Head of Arts and Creative Industries

4.45 p.m. Presentation: Response to Climate Change in Malaysia and the UK 


  • Prof. Joy Pereira, National University of Malaysia
  • Alison Tickell, Director of Julie’s Bicycle, UK

Two experts from Malaysia and the UK will share country-level and organisational perspectives on trends, priorities and strategies which speak to the central theme on the role of youths in addressing climate change, and how our respective countries can enhance knowledge exchange and sharing of good practices via strategic collaborations for mutual benefit.

Q&A with audience

5.05 p.m. Panel discussion: Youth voices on a preferable future


·        Toh Zhee Qi, Malaysian Youth Delegation

·        Atteleth Don, Reef Check Malaysia (FameLab International Finalist)

·        Eliza Collin, sustainable fashion and material designer

·        Wendy Teo, Borneo Laboratory

·        Shaq Koyok, artist and advocate for indigenous rights

30-minute panel discussion with UK and Malaysian youth representatives from the arts, science and education sectors to explore what would a preferable and more sustainable future look like for youths, climate change and cultural rights, and explore how the UK and Malaysian youths can make a difference and influence existing political, economic and social models through engagement and collaborations with diverse stakeholders.

Q&A session with panellists, experts and audience

5.50 p.m. A.R.C Challenge Malaysia Grant winners announcement
5.55 p.m. Closing remarks

Jazreel Goh, Director Malaysia, British Council

6.00 p.m. End


Please register for the forum by 3 February 2021.

The unique forum link will be sent to participants on 4 February 2021 by 12 p.m. MYT.

For additional information on the full A.R.C Challenge Malaysia project and its activities please visit The British Council in Malaysia’s website.

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