Highlights and images for 13 February 2018



On the last day of the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9), two special sessions convened on low-carbon and energy-efficient cities, and on urban safety and accessibility. Various other meetings took place, including roundtables of media and grassroot organizations, and several networking events.

The WUF9 closing ceremony took place in the afternoon. Participants heard video messages from UN and other dignitaries.

The Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Cities 2030 was released during the closing, and UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif stated that the Declaration will accelerate implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA).

Noh Omar, Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Malaysia, delivered a speech on behalf of Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. Pledging Malaysia’s commitment to uphold the goals and principles of the Kuala Lumpur Declaration, he thanked all participants and declared the Forum officially closed at 2:16 pm.

Falah Al Ahbabi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, made final remarks, in which he looked forward to welcoming participants in 2020 to WUF10 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Bright and busy booths at the WUF9 exhibition

WUF9 exhibition - booth of the host of WUF10 in 2020