The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum will be the first session to focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted in Habitat III.

In the New Urban Agenda, participating States request the report of the implementation of the Agenda to incorporate, to the extent possible, the inputs of multilateral organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia and to build on existing platforms such as the World Urban Forum.

WUF9 will be an instrumental to substantively feed into the inputs for the first report of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The Forum will also contribute to global mobilization towards advocating for the common vision on sustainable urban development in advancing on the achievement of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

This session in Kuala Lumpur will be the second session hosted in Asia after 10 years (WUF4 was held in Nanjing, China, in 2008)

Goals

  • Raise awareness of sustainable urbanization among stakeholders and constituencies, including the general public

  • Improve the collective knowledge of sustainable urban development through inclusive open debates, sharing of lessons learned and the exchange of urban solutions and good policies

  • Increase coordination and cooperation between different stakeholders and constituencies for the advancement and implementation of sustainable urbanization

  • Platform to incorporate the inputs of multilateral organizations and stakeholders into the reporting of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda

Dates and Place

The WUF9 will take place in the City of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 7 to 13 February 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

The New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda was adopted in October 2016 at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador. It is a result of a unique consensus among all participating states. The document sets out a common vision and global standards for urban development in the coming decades.

The New Urban Agenda comes in at a critical moment, when the first time in history over half of the world’s population is residing in cities. Cities, if planned and managed well, will become the main tool for sustainable development and has a potential to be a solution to many of the challenges our planet is facing today. The New Urban Agenda lays out the vision for future cities based on the science of urban development providing tools in crucial areas.

Venue

Located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Central Business District, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC) is the city’s most technologically-advanced, purpose-built facility for international, regional and local conferences, tradeshows, exhibitions, entertainment and private functions. Spanning over 29,500 square meters with natural light and park views from its circulation spaces, the facility of five levels encompassing a total of 22,659 square meters of flexible function.

KLCC is one of the components within Petronas’ distinctive Kuala Lumpur city center development. Designed as a unique “city within a city”, the 400,000 square meters development offers a stimulating environment where one can work, live, shop, visit and simply enjoy the distractions of everyday living.

There are several ways to get to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre:

If you are in a taxi or a chauffeured car, approach the Centre along Jalan Pinang and turn left into the Main Entrance (second turn after the Mandarin Oriental Hotel) for drop off.

Take the Light Rail Transit (LRT), Kelana Jaya Line and disembark at the KLCC Station. Turn left after exiting the turnstiles and walk through the Suria KLCC shopping centre Concourse level to the Centre Court. Turn left and make your way past Cold Storage to the Guardian Pharmacy where there is a covered walkway through to the Centre. Take the elevator to the Ground Floor where you will be directed to the Registration area.

From the Suria KLCC shopping centre’s Concourse Level Centre Court, make your way past Cold Storage to the Guardian Pharmacy where there is a covered walkway through to the Centre.

The Centre is also accessible for delegates and visitors via the air-conditioned Bukit Bintang-KLCC Link Bridge. The link bridge features entrance/exit at the Pavilion Mall (Bukit Bintang), Wisma Cosway, Jalan Perak and the Impiana KLCC Hotel with convenient exit escalators and staircases) located at the main entrance to the Centre. This air-conditioned link allows delegates and visitors to travel conveniently, comfortably and safely on foot.