07 February 2018 - 14 February 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

9th UN-Habitat World Urban Forum

The World Urban Forum (WUF) is the largest United Nations conference on sustainable urban development and cities. Focus of the ninth session of the WUF was the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), which was ratified at the United Nations HABITAT III Conference in October 2016.

© asharkyu | shutterstock

© asharkyu | shutterstock

WUF9 focused on “Cities for All, Cities 2030: Implementing the New Urban Agenda”. The NUA is embedded in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) from 2015, namely goal 11 – “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.

Among the number of sub-targets are the subjects: affordable housing, slum upgrade, transport systems, green and public spaces, human settlement planning, protection of the cultural and natural heritage, reduced human damage caused by disasters, reduced environmental impact of cities, interlinks between urban and rural areas, integrated policies, and finally support of least developed countries.

During the WUF9 forum, results on social factors of energy transition, such as social and public acceptance, willingness to pay for and use renewable energy sources, as well as concerns about energy transition and possibilities for stakeholder engagement in the Climate and Energy Model Regions (CEMs) in Austria, were discussed.

These discussions took place as part of sessions on governance and legislative frameworks, roundtables on inclusive and participatory policy, as well as innovative governance for open and inclusive cities and engagement of young people into city planning processes. Experiences with participatory governance tools existing in the CEM regions in Austria were discussed during special sessions on inclusive multi-stakeholder partnerships, civil engagement and participation as well as participatory approaches for sustainable urban development.

Nadejda Komendantova of IIASA’s Risk and Resilience Program (RISK) contributed to the discussions of WUF9 with results on participatory governance of energy transition, gained through the project “Linking Climate Change Mitigation, Energy Security and Energy Model regions in Austrian” (LINKS). This research project was supported by the Austrian Climate Research Program (ACRP).

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Last edited: 22 March 2018


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