The World Urban Forum takes place every two years bringing together multiple stakeholders to discuss and share knowledge about the goals for sustainable urban development. Addressing the theme, “Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda,” the World Urban Forum 9 (WUF9) was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2018. WUF9 builds on the resolution of Habitat III when 167 countries agreed the New Urban Agenda, which sets a common vision and global standards for sustainable urban development in the coming decades.
A team of GLI policy analysts attend the Forum, consisting of eight students (two undergraduate and four Master’s students) from the departments of Geography, Politics, and Urban Studies and Planning in the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Social Sciences. The team comprised Sadia Amin, Michael Berry, Francis Clay, Xiaowen Dai, Nusha Haghpanah, Sandra Kundeya, Ashwini Maheswaran Foster and Alice Preston Jones. They were accompanied by Dr Gabriel Silvestre and Dr Zheng Wang from the Department of Urban Studies.