adelphi at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur

From 7 to 13 February, we will be sharing our insights at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Together with international experts we will discuss new approaches and conclusions in the field of Urban Transformation.


The main focus of this year's World Urban Forum (WUF9) will be on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), adopted at Habitat III in 2016. The Forum provides a central platform for cities, national governments, non-governmental organizations, planners and architects as well as international organisations to discuss pressing urban issues and developments. It also presents an opportunity to track progress and advance the implementation of global agendas, such as the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda.

Our experts from the fields of sustainable urban development, adaptation to climate change and climate security will discuss their current insights into the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and its policy implications. Our team is also supporting the German Society for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit - GIZ) in organising the German Pavilion.

Please find adelphi's WUF9 events at the German Pavilion below. Explore the full programme of the Pavilion here.

Side Event

Enabling the implementation, follow-up and review of the global sustainability agendas in secondary cities

12 February 2018
14:00-15:00 | Room 408
Convenor: Cities Alliance

The event focuses on how the different global sustainability agendas – including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and New Urban Agenda – relate and connect to each other in the context of secondary cities. The success of the global agendas will substantially rely on the capacity to leverage the actions already undertaken in cities by local leaders and actors. In many secondary cities, a combination of inadequate resources, ineffective policy choices and poorly-managed rapid urbanisation has long influenced their capacity to plan for and guide equitable and sustainable urban development.

Eleni Dellas (adelphi) will be part of the panel and will discuss the results of a new study.

Events at the German Pavilion

Digitally linked and locally connected? The potential of neighbourhood platforms for social cohesion and participation

7 February 2018
14:00-14:45 | German Pavilion (Hall 2)
Convenor: adelphi

Digitalisation offers new possibilities for communication and networking. Recently, a range of neighbourhood platforms and social media groups that seek to connect people on the ground have been growing in Germany and abroad. Thus far, little is known about the implications of these platforms for social cohesion and participation. This Urban Talk serves to present the results of the project Connected Neighbours and discuss how these platforms change the way we live and participate locally.

Climate change, conflict ans cities: what can cities do to be more resilient to climate and security risks?

10 February 2018
14:00-14:45 | German Pavilion (Hall 2)
Convenor: adelphi

Peace, security, and social cohesion are important components of urban resilience. Climate change affects them all. However, the linkages between climate change impacts and urban violence are insufficiently understood. During this event, we will identify some of the knowledge gaps regarding potential connections between climate change impacts and adaptation and urban violence, as well as starting points for future action to promote peaceful and sustainable cities within a changing climate.

Enhancing the National Urban Development Policy – implementing global agreements at the national and local level

10 February 2018
16:00-16:45 | German Pavilion (Hall 2)
Convenor: Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
Co-Convenor: adelphi

Over the past two years, the global community has adopted several landmark decisions that are relevant to urban actors, such as the New Urban Agenda, the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Climate Agreement. The event will address the implications of these agreements for urban development policies and practices at the national and local levels. It will also discuss potential approaches and instruments to support local implementation at the national level.

Learn more about our projects on Urban Transformation.