The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9) will take place in Kuala Lumpur from February 7-13, 2018. WUF is considered the foremost conference on cities and is recognised as a global arena for interaction among policymakers, local government leaders, non-governmental organizations and expert practitioners in the field of sustainable urban development. This edition’s theme is ‘Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda’, which place’s the Forum’s focus on the New Urban Agenda as a tool and accelerator for achieving Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
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. HCC, despite being quite young, was also an active participant at Habitat III and a proponent of the New Urban Agenda. WUF9 will be instrumental in feeding substantive input into the first report on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Why is HCC attending?
HCC excited to attend WUF9, and to share its experiences regarding what we’ve learned from our pilot cities Manila and Jakarta when it comes to stimulating inclusive urban development. HCC aims to represent the Dutch method of building bridges and relying upon multi-stakeholder collaboration, which is necessary for enacting large-scale systems change that can make urban infrastructure development more inclusive. We will do so through hosting our own official Special Event with UN-Habitat and participating in partner SDI’s Side Event. While at WUF9 we hope to strengthen our ties with current partners and to build more momentum for inclusivity amongst private sector players, financiers, investors and other nation states.
What will HCC do at WUF9?
On the opening day of WUF9, HCC will participate in the Business Assembly. Furthermore, HCC will host its own official Special Session entitled ‘Creative investment and financing mechanism for local government’ on Sunday February 10 together with coalition partners UN-HABITAT. The main objective of the session is to review the key findings from the needs assessments conducted in the Jakarta and Manila in 2017. The most recent assessments in these cities have focused on identifying and answering: What are the major finance gaps for cities that can be addressed through creative finance mechanisms? What are successful examples of such mechanisms work well, and at scale? Working more closely with private sector and harnessing blended finance opportunities is a major theme across the UN and elsewhere (and will be a primary focus of the next G20), but what does it mean at a practical level for the public sector?
Through this event we hope to generate several concrete, action-oriented recommendations for strategically guiding effective financing mechanisms that address the gaps already identified in the needs assessments. The session will also explore how to best engage the private sector in implementing the SDGs, generally, and, in particular, SDG11 and the New Urban Agenda. Additionally, we will participate in SDI’s Side Event entitled ‘Community Collected Data & Partnerships to Attract & Assure Inclusive Private Sector Investments’ on Sunday February 11. This event will profile the joint work of SDI and Human Cities Coalition to collect citywide data about slum areas in Jakarta and Manila. It will highlight the importance of utilising community-collected data and partnerships in attracting and assuring inclusive private sector investments, which can enable inclusive urban planning and development at scale.
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Want to meet with or get in contact with HCC while at WUF9? Please contact: HCC Director Ronald Lenz (firstname.lastname@example.org +31627021204).
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