Sustainable development challenges will become increasingly more concentrated and particularly acute in cities and areas with rapid urbanization.

The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) - UNDP Participation

There is wide consensus that development challenges will become increasingly more concentrated and acute in cities and areas with rapid urbanization.

While urbanization provides opportunities to citizens and enhances economic aspects of countries, rapid and unregulated urbanization poses multiple challenges: cities produce more than 70 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and use 80 percent of the world’s energy. 

To make rapid urbanizing cities more sustainable and resilient, UNDP has been working on various social, economic and environmental aspects in urban areas such as Governance, Poverty, Inequality, Gender Issues, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Climate Change Adaptation under the broader remit of Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

Additionally, UNDP has developed and is implementing its Sustainable Urbanization Strategy, which was launched at Habitat III. 

To learn more about UNDP’s sustainable urbanization strategy and UNDP’s urban work with partners, please visit the UNDP Exhibition Space in Hall 4 & 5 and SAVE THE DATE for the following events at WUF9.



II. UNDP led events

1. UNDP Side Event: Cities and the SDGs: Leaving No One Behind

Friday 9 February 2018 | 12:00-13:15 at One UN Room

2. UNDP Networking Event: Urban Communities in Building City for All

Saturday 10 February 2018 | 12:00-13:00 at One UN Room

3. UNDP Training Event: Leveraging Smart Cities for Aligned Implementation of the NUA and 2030 Agenda

Monday 12 February 2018 | 11:00-13:00 at Room 304

III. UNDP partnered events

4. UNESCO’s Networking Event: Integrating Migrants in Cities - Challenges and Opportunities

Partners : UNDP, IOM, UN-Habitat, ICCAR

Friday 9 February 2018 | 15:00-17:00 at One UN Room

5. Hat Yai Municipality Networking Event: Fostering Local Leadership for Urban Climate Resilience in Asian Cities


Saturday 10 February 2018 | 11:00-13:00 at Listen to Cities Room

6. The Asia Foundation Side Event: Asia's Solutions to Asia's Urban Challenges: Delivering the NUA through South South Cooperation

Saturday 10 February 2018 | 17:00-18:00 at Room 304

7. Oxfam Side Event: Women’s Economic Empowerment in Cities

Partners: UNDP, Cities Alliance

Saturday 10 February 2018 | 17:00-18:00 at Room 406

8. UN-Habitat Special Session: Smart Cities and the growing role of frontier technologies in sustainable urbanization

Sunday 11 February 2018 | 9:00-11:00 at Conference Hall 2

9. UCLG-ASPAC Urban Library: City Enabling Environment for the implementation of NUA

Sunday 11 February 2018 | 14:00-15:00 at Urban Library

10. ICLEI Networking Event: Data and Innovation - Addressing Risk in Urban Areas for Vulnerable Urban Population and Communities

Partners: UNDP, UNICEF

Monday 12 February 2018 | 15:00-17:00 at Room 404

11. Recycling Cities Network (RECNET) Side Event: Sustainable Urbanization in the Paris Agreement: multi-level governance and finance for urban adaptation

Partners: UNDP, IHS

Thursday 8 February 2018 | 17:00-18:00 at Room 402

IV. UNDP showcase

12. UNDP Exhibition 

9:00-18:30 (7-13 February) at Hall 4

13. Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)  Networking Event (*a video of the UNDP Local and Urban Governance Dashboard will be  presented during this event)

Tuesday 13 February 2018 | 9:00-11:00 at Room 410




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