World Urban Forum 9

In February 2018, the Vancouver City Planning Commission joining urban leaders from over 150 countries in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for World Urban Forum 9 (WUF9). The World Urban Forum is a non-legislative technical forum convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) held since 2002.

Anthony Perl Commissioner Anthony Perl represented the Planning Commission as a member of the Canadian delegation to share with the world’s leading urban thinkers and bring back best practices in planning and development to Vancouver.

With its theme of Cities 2030, Cities for all: Implementing the New Urban Agendathis year’s Forum is of social interest to the Vancouver City Planning Commission. Not only does this theme align with the Planning Commission’s 2018 focus area of “A City for All,” it also builds on the work and relationships the VCPC initiated in 2016 when we sent two delegates to Habitat III – the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

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What Is The World Urban Forum

The World Urban Forum is the largest United Nations conference on sustainable urban development and cities. Considered the world’s premier conference on cities, the Forum was created in 2002 to examine the most pressing issues facing the world today in human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and development.

The Forum is a non-legislative United Nations conference and participation is open to all. It draws a wide variety of experts from all over the world, such as: national governments, represented by heads of state and ministers; regional governments; mayors; multilateral organizations; financial development institutions; academia; private sector; professionals; NGOs, and other civil society organizations.

The conference is held in a different city of the world, every two years and convened by UN-Habitat, the United Nations Programme on Human Settlements.