Experts from RMIT’s UN Global Compact - Cities Programme are heading to Malaysia to launch a new global program designed to tackle complex urban challenges.
RMIT researchers and doctoral candidates will join the Cities Programme team and 30,000 delegates from around the world for the ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In partnership with the United Nations and World Bank, the RMIT hosted UN Global Compact – Cities Programme will also use the forum to launch the global “City Partnerships Challenge”.
The initiative has been shaped by head of the UN Global Compact - Cities Programme, Michael Nolan who said the size and profile of WUF9 reflects the immense importance of cities as sites to address the world’s sustainability challenges.
“We will be joined by private sector leaders, city and state governments, academia and civil society to work in partnership to develop high impact solutions,” he said
RMIT’s Professor Jago Dodson and Professor Billie Giles-Corti are among the leaders presenting at WUF9.
Projects from across Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and Africa will showcase RMIT's contibution to urban scholarhsip that addresses the impact of rapid urbanization, climate change and inequality on communities, cities and economies.
Professor Dodson said collectively advancing the New Urban Agenda which was endorsed at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador in late 2016 is also central to the forum.
The New Urban Agenda was establshed to further support governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector and civil society to collaborate on solutions for the complex challenge of urbanization.
Story: Grace Tayor