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Taman Tugu at World Urban Forum 9

Date: 9-13 February 2018
Venue: KL Convention Centre and 2 Hang Kasturi (previously known as RUANG at ThinkCity)

The 9th World Urban Forum (“WUF9”), organised by UN-Habitat was held in Kuala Lumpur from the 7th – 13th of February 2018. This is the first time in 10 years an Asian city hosted the World Urban Forum.

The World Urban Forum (“WUF”) is a non-legislative technical forum convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) since 2002. The forum is held once every 2 years.

It is recognized as the foremost global arena for interaction among policymakers, local government leaders, non-governmental organizations and expert practitioners in the field of sustainable urban development and human settlements.

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 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The New Urban Agenda sets out a common vision and global standards for urban development in the coming decades.

It is a universal agenda, concerning people from very different walks of life and it has come at a crucial time – this is the first time in history over half of the world’s population is residing in cities. Cities, if planned and managed well, will become the main tool for sustainable development and has a potential to be a solution to many of the challenges our planet is facing today.

A lot of action oriented work for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda was done at this WUF9. 22,000 participants from 165 countries, among them more than 100 Ministers and Deputy Ministers, debated concrete implementation steps and how to work together building the Cities 2030, the Cities for All.

The Taman Tugu Project was present at the forum alongside our sister company, Think City. We were present at Think City’s booth at the convention centre and at Think City’s 2 Hang Kasturi (previously known as RUANG by Think City).

Think City, established in 2009, is a community-focused urban regeneration organisation that aims to create more liveable, resilient and people-centric cities. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad and funded by Yayasan Hasanah. With it’s success in George Town, Penang, Think City then expanded to Butterworth, Kuala Lumpur, and most recently Johor Bahru. Today, Think City works closely with local governments, international agencies and various local communities, building partnerships and enhancing capacity along the way – this will deliver long-term holistic and sustainable solutions.

Both Think City and the Taman Tugu Project have big roles to play towards the agenda – to ensure an educated and healthy sustainable city for all. The Taman Tugu Project contributes towards the planning in terms of health prevention instead of treatment, instilling positive social values and spreading knowledge, whilst being inclusive for all – the general public, regardless of background, and nature, the flora and fauna.

We also contributed at the Networking Session on Urban Community Forests organised by the Malaysian Nature Society (“MNS”). We were part of a panel alongside other Environmental NGOs, Architects and Planners discussing how we, as non-state actors, can and must contribute to protecting and managing urban forests which includes  ensuring it is part of the urbanisation plan.

Forums like these give us hope that many are aware and are working towards a better, more inclusive and sustainable future.

Please note, the Taman Tugu Project exhibtion @ Think City’s 2 Hang Kasturi will continue until the end of February 2018. For those who missed us during the forum, do head over to 2 Hang Kasturi to get to us know better and share your insights.