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global urban futures @ wuf 9.

Two members of the New School faculty and three graduate students attended the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9), a non-legislative technical forum convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) held since 2002. The conference was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from the 7th-13th of February 2018. We presented the Habitat Commitment Index: City Level Study at this conference.


Explore our time there below.

In partnership with Kota KitaThe City of Mannheim, the Global Urban Futures hosted a half-day pre-event to the WUF9, "Moving from What to How : Implementing and Monitoring the New Urban Agenda" on the 6th of February.


The GUF also hosted a side event during the WUF 9, "How do we measure the progress made towards meeting the objectives of the New Urban Agenda? Monitoring and Evaluating City Performance in light of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda." on the 9th of February.

moving from what to how:
implementing and monitoring the new urban agenda.

"Over a year ago, the New Urban Agenda (NUA) was adopted at the Habitat III conference in Quito, with the objective to guide urbanization, lay the groundwork for policies and approaches, and lead actions of a wide range of actors — nation states, city and regional leaders, international development funders, United Nations programs and civil society — for the next 20 years. The NUA sought to move beyond issues of precarious housing and poor infrastructure that were prominent in the 1996 Habitat Agenda. Instead, it would draw attention to urban issues that affects cities all over the world, in lowincome, middle-income, and high-income countries; issues including air pollution, energy efficient production and construction, public and private spaces, gender equality, and encompassing broader discussions such as the right to the city. The NUA was drafted under very different circumstances, it followed the euphoria of COP21 climate discussions in Paris, and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in the tail end of 2015. It was therefore perceived as the third axis within a New Global Agenda, one that “localizes” the SDGs and climate agreements, through the creation of a tool box of action items for countries and cities on how to achieve the global goals."

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side event
how do we measure the progress made towards meeting the objectives of the new urban agenda?
side event
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