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WUF Bulletin – Summary of WUF9 – 14 February

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The ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from Wednesday, 7 February, to Tuesday, 13 February 2018, on the theme “Cities 2030 – Cities For All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda.” WUF9 was the first Forum to convene since the adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, in 2016. The Forum accordingly focused on arrangements and actions for implementation, with many delegates and participants emphasizing the importance of public, private and civil society cooperation in order to fully achieve the NUA. Many speakers highlighted the NUA as a way of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and called for aligning NUA monitoring and reporting with the follow-up and review process for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 11 on sustainable cities.

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By IISD/ENB

WUF Bulletin – 6th Day – 12 February

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On Monday, the last full day of the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (WUF9), many special sessions took place, as well as dialogues, stakeholder meetings and side events. Participants discussed inclusive multi-stakeholder partnerships, settlements for displaced persons, and food security through urban-rural linkages in the morning, and urban ecological landscapes, civic engagement, and ‘housing for all’ in the afternoon. In the evening, host country Malaysia welcomed delegates to a gala dinner.

Download the full WUF Bulletin for Monday, February 12.

By IISD/ENB

WUF Bulletin – 5th Day – 11 February

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Discussions continued at the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) on Sunday, with participants crowding into a special session on ‘smart cities’, and many visitors attending the exhibitions at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Two high-level roundtables convened, on ‘Innovative governance for open and inclusive cities’ in the morning, and on ‘Sustainable urban development for peace and security’ in the afternoon. Stakeholder consultations, dialogues and networking events took place alongside special sessions on urban disaster recovery, urban data, and urban mobility with safe and accessible transport for all.

Download the full WUF Bulletin for Sunday, February 11.

By IISD/ENB

WUF Bulletin – 4th Day – 10 February

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Delegates and participants continued their discussions on Saturday at the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9). Two high-level roundtables convened, on ‘Urbanization and development: investing in the transformative force of cities’ in the morning, and on ‘An integrated territorial approach to sustainable development’ in the afternoon. Several special sessions, dialogues and side events also took place on various themes, including on youth employment, urban labs, affordable housing, and access to basic services.

Download the full WUF Bulletin for Saturday, February 10.

By IISD/ENB

WUF Bulletin – 3rd Day – 9 February

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Two high-level roundtables took place on Friday at the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9): ‘Cities for All with Housing at the Centre’ convened in the morning, and ‘The Urban Dimension in Climate Change Action’ in the afternoon.

Participants took part in four special sessions during the day on: migration; land tenure; culture and diversity; and informal settlements and slum upgrading. Many other events were organized around the venue, including an art exhibition, consultations, and various side events.

Download the full WUF Bulletin for Friday, February 9.

By IISD/ENB

WUF Bulletin – 2nd Day – 8 February

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The ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) continued Thursday.

In the morning, a Ministers’ Roundtable and a further two WUF Assemblies convened, representing local and regional governments, and grassroots organizations respectively.

In the afternoon, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak officially opened WUF9, accompanied by cultural dances and messages from several dignitaries.

Download the full WUF Bulletin for Thursday, February 8.

By IISD/ENB

WUF Bulletin – Opening – 7 February

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Three Assemblies of the World Urban Forum’s ninth session (WUF9) convened on Wednesday. A flag-raising ceremony took place in the morning, in which the UN and Malaysian flags were hoisted outside the meeting venue at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). After a joint opening plenary, the Women’s Assembly, Business Assembly and the Children and Youth Assembly met in parallel throughout the day to discuss actions to advance the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG 11) on cities.

Noh Omar, Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Malaysia, noted that more than 50% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, and urged all to play their roles in making cities safe, inclusive, sustainable and prosperous.

Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, welcomed delegates to WUF9, which is taking place in her home country. Opening the Assemblies, she stressed the NUA’s emphasis on inclusivity, and underscored UN-Habitat’s role as the focal point for its global implementation.

Download the full WUF bulletin for Wednesday, February 7.

By IISD/ENB

WUF9: The last day at a glance