KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia : The 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9) has concluded with the ‘Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Cities 2030’ to encourage the formulation of implementation frameworks for the New Urban Agenda at all levels, including monitoring mechanisms, providing coordinated space for an effective contribution from all stakeholders, and aligning to the efforts and actions of the 2030 Agenda.

The declaration was presented at the closing ceremony of the WUF 9 here by TV personality and activist Ras Adiba Radzi, together with the Youth delegation of Malaysia’s, Jasmin Irisha Jim Ilham representing participants gathered at the forum.

The Kuala Lumpur Declaration also called to support the creation and consolidation of inclusive platforms and agendas for dialogue among all levels of government, decision makers and stakeholders such as regional, national and local urban fora and committees that could strengthen policy review and assessment of impacts.

The declaration also recommended the adoption of multiple collaborative governance mechanisms that actively engaged national, sub-national and local governments, all groups of society, including youth, women and grassroots organisations and particularly, the excluded, vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.

This work in solidarity is critical to promote more buy-in and co-responsibility in the activities towards sustainable urban development, and to ensure the sustainability of the results, said Ras Adiba while reading the declaration.

The declaration also recommended several innovative solutions which among others, touched on fostering a culture of creativity and innovation to be embedded in the way cities and human settlements operated.

The declaration also urged the development of monitoring and data collection mechanisms, including community generated data, to enhance availability of information and comparable data at city, functional urban areas and community levels.

This would promote informed and evidence-based decision making and policy formulation, assessing progress and impact at all levels.

In the recommendation, it also called on all nations to create an enabling environment and develop capacities for scaling up of good practices including municipal finance, sustainable private and public investments in urban development and job creation, and generating value while advancing the public good.

WUF9 is being held from Feb 7 until 13. WUF is a non-legislative technical forum convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) since 2002.

It is recognised as the foremost global arena for interaction among policymakers, local government leaders, non-governmental organisations and expert practitioners in the field of sustainable urban development and human settlements.

About 25,000 participants from 185 countries attended the forum.

The city of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates will host the WUF10 in 2020.–

Source: NAM News Network