“If you don’t understand the informal city, you don’t understand the city.”
--William Cobbett, Director, Cities Alliance
[26 January 2018] -- Solutions to the complex challenge of inclusive cities can only be found by bringing together multilateral organisations, local governments, private sector and communities.
Cities Alliance will attend the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 7-13 February 2018. The world’s premier conference on urban issues, WUF is expected to attract a huge number of participants from around the world, and it presents Cities Alliance the opportunity to advance the debate on the role of cities and local governments in sustainable urban development.
We will have an exhibition booth where visitors can come and interact with participants interested in learning more about Cities Alliance’s activities.
We will be leading six events and sessions anchored around the New Urban Agenda (NUA):
- Cities for all: addressing forced evictions. We will address the challenge of forced evictions with a focus on the critical interface of forced evictions with gender inequality and migration flows. 9 February from 3:00-5:00 PM, Room 304.
- Enabling the implementation, follow-up and review of the Global Sustainability Agendas in secondary cities. The Cities Alliance Joint Work Programme (JWP) for Cities in the Global Agendas will host a side event on how to integrate the different global sustainability agendas and implement them in secondary cities. 12 February from 2:00-3:00 PM, Room 408.
- Public Space as a Driver of Equitable Economic Growth: Policy and Practise to Leverage a Key Asset for Vibrant City Economies. Public spaces can play a big role in making cities inclusive and drive equitable economic growth. Streets, sidewalks, markets, squares and parks that are accessible and safe are part of the basic infrastructure that supports the economic vibrancy and growth of cities. 12 February from 3:00-5:00 PM, Room 407.
- Public Goods and Services as Pathway to Equitable City Economies in Bangladesh: Lessons from Sylhet and Narayanganj. Through its Cities Campaign, Cities Alliance’s Joint Work Programme in Equitable Economic Growth targeted improving locally provided public goods and services and their potential to support equitable city economies. This event focuses on sharing experiences, lessons and initial research findings from Sylhet and Narayanganj in Bangladesh. 12 February from 5:00-6:00 PM, Room 304.
- Partnerships for Sustainable Development of Cities in the APEC Region. This event explores the ways cities in the Asia-Pacific region are using partnerships to build more sustainable cities and economies in the region. 8 February 2018, 2:00-3:00 PM, Urban Library.
- City and Local Government Enabling Environment for the implementation of the NUA.
This event shares the findings of the City and Local Government Enabling Environment assessment in 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It identifies priority urban reforms that enable urban local bodies to implement the NUA. 11 February, 2:00-3:00 PM, Urban Library.
We will also co-host 15 events led by our members and partners. The WUF9 Conference has the convening power to drive the commitments made under the NUA and 2030 Agenda, and we look forward to seeing you at there.
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