By Ravindran Raman Kutty
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Being the Advisor for the World Youth Organisation, I was honoured to receive an invitation to the soft launch of the World Urban Forum (WUF) 9 at the newly opened Mayor's Courtyard, Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur.
WUF is the world's premier conference on Cities. It kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya in 2002, and moved on to Barcelona, Spain 2004; Vancouver, Canada 2006; Nanjing, China 2008; Rio De Jenario, Brazil 2010; Naples, Italy 2012; Medellin, Colombo 2014, and now Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2018.
It is a non-legislative technical forum convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) since 2002. The forum is hosted bi-yearly in a different city to examine the most pressing issues facing the world today - rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies.
The event attended by over 50 diplomats and NGO's was well-received with a hearty breakfast of "nasi lemak" and spaghetti. The briefing was delivered by the Chief Executive of Urbanice Malaysia, who is the organizer under the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government.
The objectives of the forum included the need to raise awareness on sustainable urbanization among stakeholders and constituencies, including the public; to improve collective knowledge of sustainable urban development through inclusive open debates, sharing of lessons learnt and exchange of best practices and good policies; to increase coordination and cooperation between different stakeholders and constituencies for the development and implementation of sustainable urbanization.....