Redefining and Refining Urban Living


The New Urban Agenda is being implemented throughout the world to make cityliving a joy.

The World Urban Forum (WUF) was established by the UN in 2001 as “a nonlegislative technical forum”.1 Serving as an international conference focusing on urban issues, WUF is organised and convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), an agency of the UN that promotes “socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities”.2 The very first WUF was held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2002.

February 7-13 this year saw the ninth session of WUF being held in KL, with the theme, “Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda”. WUF 9 gathered a large number of participants from national, regional and local governments, non-governmental and community-based organisations, research institutions and academia, private sectors, financial institutions, UN organisations and other international organisations.

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