Theme And Programme

Theme

For 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.

After the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III, the theme will be focused in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

The New Urban Agenda sets out a common vision and global standards for urban development in the coming decades and it offers a paradigm shift in the way we think, build, and manage cities and lays out the vision for future cities based on the science of urban development providing tools in crucial areas.

Concept note will be published soon

Programme

Dialogues will be high-profile events to focus and debate on policy recommendations in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. Those sessions will have a duration of three hours.

Special Sessions will aim for in-depth discussions on specific issues on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the mechanisms for monitoring the implementation.

Various Partner Constituent Groups will hold an array of roundtable meetings. These roundtables presented an opportunity for these key partners to present projects and research on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. Most of these roundtables will be open to all participants.

World Urban Children and Youth Assembly

The World Urban Children and Youth Assembly provides children and young people all over the world with the opportunity to discuss and deliberate on issues important to them, so that they are able to make relevant contributions at the substantive dialogues at the main Forum.

Women’s Assembly

The Womens’ Assembly is a dynamic and multi-stakeholder event, bringing together stakeholders and enables them to present and learn ways of strengthening gender equality in international, regional and national policies and programmes related to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

Business Assembly

The Business Assembly will bring together private sector leaders and representatives of the world’s leading business networks to present and showcase the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. It will also put forward the corporate best practices, innovations, and business models that have the power to generate change and to accelerate action to sustainable urbanization.

Networking events will have a duration of two hours and are an opportunity to build knowledge, strengthen partnerships and networks through sharing ideas and commitments in an effort to advance on the implementation of sustainable urban development in cities and towns around the globe.

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Side events are one hour long and are an opportunity to share data, knowledge and initiatives in an effort to advance on the implementation of sustainable urban development in cities and towns around the globe. Side events include book launches, receptions, a short representation, signing of an agreement...

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Training events will be led by different organizations well-known for their work and expertise in training and research. Each training event have focused on a particular theme and are practical, problem-solving oriented and intensive in nature.

They will provide an essential "how to" approach to development challenges with the latest innovative tools, methodologies, instruments and package of knowledge to support implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

They are designed to develop skills and knowledge that help participants address the challenges of bringing together policies, programmes, projects, and strategies that effectively support the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

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Urban talks will be a series of featured speeches and discussions with some of the world's most renowned urbanists, economists, sociologists, and thinkers. These are keynote sessions or dialogues that will discuss the implementation of the New Urban Agenda from an array of professional perspectives.

They are meant to highlight the various angles through which citizens can be engaged in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and to identify collaborative opportunities.

Beside networking, side and training events, a number of other events also take place within and outside the official venue.

During the week of the Forum a wide range of cultural events will take place in Kuala Lumpur to enjoy the culture and traditions of the city, its music, dance, food and architecture.