update: Read the Kuala Lumpur Declaration of World Urban Forum.
Between 7 and 13th February, I will be attending world’s most important forum for urban development which is taking place in Kuala Lumpur. I will try as much as possible to write daily about the challenges countries and cities are facing in regard to:
1. SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION AND ENDING POVERTY
2. SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE URBAN PROSPERITY AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
3. ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT URBAN DEVELOPMENT
In 2016 was adopted The New Urban Agenda, a historic event, the COP21, but for cities
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 urban settlements. 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.
The Theme of WUF9 is “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.
WUF9, therefore, provides an excellent opportunity to garner the efforts of all relevant actors to deliberate on, identify and commit to implementation of concrete solutions for the transformative commitments made in the New Urban Agenda (which are also fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals):