The Forum will be focused on discussing the implementation of the New Urban Agenda as a tool and accelerator for achieving the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
KUALA LUMPUR – The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) kicked-off its biggest event for 2018, the United Nation-Habitat’s Ninth Session of World Urban Forum (WUF9) from 7 to 13 February, further growing the venue’s international high-profile event portfolio. Earlier, a flag-raising ceremony was held to formalize the commencement of the events with the official opening ceremony to be followed on Thursday, 8 February which will be officiated by YAB Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Themed “Cities 2030 – Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda”, the Forum will be focused on discussing the implementation of the New Urban Agenda as a tool and accelerator for achieving the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
With the Seventh Session of the World Urban forum held in Medellin, Colombia recording over 18,000 participation, the current edition of the Forum is expected to converge at least 25,000 participants from national, regional and local governments, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, professionals, research institutions and academies, professionals, private sector, development finance institutions, foundations, media and United Nations organizations at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre over the next week.
The Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared, “We are delighted to be the venue of choice for this highly important and prestigious international event and our team are passionate about delivery and applying their knowledge and expertise to address the complexity of the event. The exposure and legacy this event creates is not only a win for us but also for Malaysia and the region.”
For the duration of the event, as per the organiser’s protocol, the Centre is handed over to the United Nations which puts the venue and its surrounding of approximately 50m under UN territory for seven days.
The Centre is reputed to be the host of many international high-profile events in the past years and being recognized as a world-class purpose-built venue with industry standard accreditations and a track record that attest to its suitability for events of this stature. These include distinguished high-profile government events such as the Malaysia-China Economic Summit, 26th and 27th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits; and the 128th International Olympic Committee Session to name a few.