Thriving Cities, Prosperous Countries: From Agenda to Implementation
The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, the Coalition for Urban Transitions and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership group are hosting a parallel event at the ninth session of the World Urban Forum. The event will take place on Sunday, February 11 from 1:00pm-6:30pm, followed by a reception until 8:30pm at a venue within walking distance from the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
To kick off the event, a moderated high-level debate involving leaders from national and city governments will address how to best use their respective powers and implement the New Urban Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Agreement. Following the opening panel, representatives from national and local governments, civil society, the private sector, and multilateral agencies will discuss and craft alternate approaches to achieving more equal cities.
Sessions will focus on urban land use and housing, infrastructure, and finance—supported by research from WRI’s World Resources Report: Towards a More Equal City and research from the Coalition for Urban Transitions.
About the Organizers:
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities helps create accessible, equitable, healthy and resilient urban areas for people, businesses and the environment to thrive. Together with partners, it enables connected, compact and coordinated cities. The Ross Center expands the transport and urban development expertise of the EMBARQ network to catalyze innovative solutions in other sectors, including water, buildings, land use and energy. It combines the research excellence of WRI with 15 years of on-the-ground impact through a network of more than 200 experts working from Brazil, China, India, Mexico and Turkey to make cities around the world better places to live.
The Coalition for Urban Transitions is a special initiative of the New Climate Economy project, jointly managed by C40 and WRI Ross Center. At the heart of the Coalition is a partnership of 20+ leading urban focused institutions and leaders from major research institutions, intergovernmental organizations, major investors, infrastructure providers, and strategic advisory companies. The members work together to support national decision makers in rapidly urbanizing countries by providing the evidence, tools and capabilities necessary to shape urban growth in ways that deliver more prosperous and sustainable cities in the long-term.
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities, representing over 650 million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizen.