URBACT Facebook Live from World Urban Forum, Kuala Lumpur (MY) #WUF9

Segolene Pruvot

By Segolene Pruvot, on February 9th, 2018

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The World Urban Forum was the most interesting event in February 2018 for those thinking about and working for better cities. #WUF9 taking place from 7 to 13 February in Kuala Lumpur (MY) is focussed on implementing the New Urban Agenda.

Here are 7 interviews from #WUF9 designed to give those who could not go all the way to Kuala Lumpur some food for thought on the main issues regarding European Cities discussed. Simone d’Antonio, the Italian National URBACT Point representative was coordinating this series of interviews as the event went along.

Peter Kurz, Mayor of Mannheim (GER).

He speaks about the international relations of Mannheim, notably the International Urban Cooperation Scheme and the partnership between Mannheim and Chongqing (PRC) on digital development and train connections notably.


Corina Cretu, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy.

She speaks about the European Urban Agenda and other International Cooperation Programmes, including URBACT, supported by the European Commission. She says “The URBACT Action Planning Methodology is very well tested in the European Union and can serve as a valuable tool to implement the strategic and integrated urban paradigm shift, which is called for the New Urban Agenda“.


Jeffrey J C Lim, Malaysian activist.

He is the creator of the Kuala Lumpur Bicycle map, promoting the use of bikes in Kuala Lumpur and active supporter of the design of bike lines for the #WUF9. It is a good example of how the event is creating permanent positive effects to the city.


Greg Scruggs, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Journalist.

Greg is following the Habitat III and New Urban Agenda implementation process and will probably speak about how the global debate on those two topics is evolving, why #WUF9 is important and what kind of results are expected. You can find articles by Greg on #WUF9 for places.


Mariana Alegre Escorza, Lima como vamps (@limacomovamos).

She is a Peruvian architect and community organizer, who launched Ocupa tu calle initiative fostering citizen empowerment and concrete actions in seven Lima municipalities, creating new public spaces with temporary furnitures used by 380,000 residents and collaborating with private actors too. It is a good example of citizen activism which had a great success in South America and is going to be promoted in other Latina American countries.


Rosa Suriñach(@rosasuri), UN Habitat

She is working on urban resilience.


Toti Di Dio (@totididio) and Domenico Schillaci (@sigfreedo) from PUSH Palermo.

Toti and Domenico are Italian engineers and social innovators who created the consultancy PUSH Palermo, which manages several projects connected to service design and urban mobility. In #WUF9 they were providing a training on their methods. Tori and Domenico are strongly involved in the URBACT Local Group of Palermo (Interactive Cities; @interactiveCit) and in the World Urban Campaign (@urbancampaign). They speak about how the experiences of service design and citizen participation can be influential on the global stage.

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