Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Attendees from 185 countries have come to Kuala Lumpur for the 9th World Urban Forum from 7-13 February 2018, opened officially today by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Raza. Convened by UN-Habitat, the conference addresses sustainable urban development. WUF9 was open and free to attend, and the response demonstrates a clear global response and commitment.
The theme of the Ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) “Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda” – places the Forum’s focus on the New Urban Agenda as a tool and accelerator for achieving Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. It is the first major conference following the 2016 adoption of the New Urban Agenda at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador.
UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif, speaking in her home country, said, “With its open and inclusive nature, the World Urban Forum is an opportunity for partners from all over the world, representing many priorities and points of view, to contribute to the global conversation on our cities and human settlements.”
Sessions include high level roundtables, assemblies and side events that pull in a wide range of stakeholders in an effort to create a multifaceted dialogue. An exhibition and “urban village,” located in Kuala Lumpur city centre present real-world examples of projects, ideas and initiatives to create change at all scales.
As the conference progresses, content will regularly be posted on the official conference website. Videos of most events are available on UN-TV.