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7–13 February 2018


Kuala Lumpur

Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda

About WUF9

The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) took place from 7 to 13 February 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Theme of the Ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) “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 was the first large-scale event on urban development after the adoption of the New Urban Agenda during the Habitat III Conference in October 2016. The Ninth Urban Forum was also the first to focus on its implementation. The Forum was hosted by the Government of Malaysia and took place in the nation’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.

The target populations who benefit directly from the Forum are the New Urban Agenda Partners and decision makers, national and subnational government representatives, and parliamentarians in particular. Other beneficiaries include academia, civil society and grassroots organizations, the private sector, and the general public.

Main Facts

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WUF9 Dialogues

The eight dialogues were high-level sessions, with in-depth discussions on specific issues regarding the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and mechanisms for monitoring its implementation. The dialogues aimed at formulating policy recommendations for the delivery of the Agenda as identified in the Action Framework of the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda (AFINUA) drafted by UN-Habitat. The dialogues also deliberated on the way cities were being rethought and re-imagined.

Overall the dialogues were found to be informative and of high quality. Participants argued to redirect the format of the dialogues more towards direct dialogue and exchange, rather than use the current format of panel discussions. They suggested direct discussions between officials and other stakeholders including academia and communitybased organizations. Participants felt that the youth and the elderly merited more dedicated attention.

Key Focus Areas


National urban policies


Governance and legislative frameworks


Urban economies, productive cities and municipal finance


Urban planning and design for local implementation


Making resilient cities


Prevent conflicts and sustain peace: urban migration and crisis


Open and big data: measuring the urban reality


Transformative partnerships in urban management


Session Speakers