KUALA LUMPUR – The 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9) hosted by Malaysia received an overwhelmed participation compared to its previous forum in 2014.
United Nation’s Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) executive director, Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif said 25,660 participants were registered as of yesterday compared to 22,000 participants during the 2014 Medellin forum in Colombia.
Numbers of participating countries had also increased up to 19 per cent, with a total of 185 countries compared with 155 the last time.
She said, out of the total number of countries that attended the Kuala Lumpur forum, 90 per cent were Least Developed Countries.
Maimunah hoped the outcome of the forum would strengthen the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), adopted by United Nations Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador in 2016.
“The fact that they are here at WUF9 shows their commitment to sustainable urbanisation and I urge them to work together to promote a better urban future for all,” she told reporters at a press conference, here today.
In addition, Maimunah said UN Habitat was currently preparing the tools for measuring the implementation of the NUA and WUF played a vital role.
“That is why during this WUF I would also like to see the feedback especially from the local government and regional government, as they are the ones on the ground and also from the national government to tell us of the status of the implementation of NUA,” she said.
The agenda also provides guidance for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are a universal call, among others, to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. – BERNAMA