City events & WUF9 Village

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.

Check the WUF9 Village daily schedule:

Join us for the KL WORLD URBAN RUN, one of the city events that Malaysia as the host country is organizing in conjunction with the Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9). It will be held on the 11th February 2018, Sunday from 6.00am to 9.00am in the city of Kuala Lumpur.

The run encourages communities to live a healthy and productive life as well as creates activities to encourage inclusivity, sense of belonging and urban wellbeing for fast developing cities like Kuala Lumpur - key elements of sustainable communities and urban development and in-line with WUF9 theme of "Cities 2030, Cities For All".

With the message of "Let’s Run for Our Cities", the run shall provide participants with the awareness of appreciating our city; a place for work, live and play. It shall also remind us of our role in protecting and caring for our city and in improving the quality of the built and natural environment of our cities.

KL WORLD URBAN RUN is organized by URBANICE MALAYSIA and PERSADA (Malaysian Town and Country Planning Officers Association) with the support of UN-Habitat, Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government and Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

Register Today and Be Part of the Run


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Launched in 2011, the Global Public Space Programme aims to improve the quality of public spaces worldwide. Public spaces have historically often been overlooked and undervalued by urban authorities but is increasingly being considered the backbone of cities. Public spaces are sites which are accessible and enjoyable by all without a profit motive and take on various spatial forms, including parks, streets, sidewalks, markets and playgrounds. Good public spaces enhance community cohesion and promote health, happiness, and well-being for all citizens. For forty years, UN-Habitat has been working in human settlements throughout the world, focusing on building a brighter future for villages, towns, and cities of all sizes. UN-Habitat has gained a unique and a universally acknowledged expertise in human settlements development from the highest levels of policy to a range of specific issues.

The current proposal aims at delivering a sting landmark of the public space in the center of Kuala Lumpur, a structure that will be used by people to meet, perform cultural, educational and leisure activities. The structure will be designed and build with support from WUF Secretariat and in partnership with UN-Habitat Public Space Team, UCLG ASPAC, Malaysian Young Architect and Canon as a showcase of governmental-communities-and private sector collaboration.

The Urban Symphony initiative provides a dynamic example of the Global Public Space Programme from Garis Architecture.

Come and meet us!
13, Leboh Pasar Besar, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Aerial Art - Cities for All exhibition

Date : Sunday February 11th
Time : 9:30-11:30
Name of Organization : Pineda Foundation / World Enabled
Venue : Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur

A bus will pick up participants from the WUF9 venue at 8:30-9:00 near the registration tent and take them to Merdeka Square

List of partners : The Disability Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD), The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), UN-Habitat, World Enabled, Ford Foundation, General Assembly of Partners (GAP) Persons with Disabilities PCG, Dr. Mason Global, Kompas Strategy, Next City

Be the art! Be the message! You will join 500 other participants to work with renowned artist, John Quigley, to spell out the word "Cities for All" in the historic Merdeka Square. This is an artistic interpretation of the World Urban Forum's theme "Cities for All" with aerial videos and photos taken from a drone. The event is forma ed in a participatory model where participants become the art. The purpose is to elevate the way in which people think about inclusion around the world; calling to action the need for inclusive urban development and for cities to be accessible and inclusive of all persons.

WUF9: The last day at a glance