25,000 participants from 164 countries are expected to visit Kuala Lumpur from February 7-13 for the World Urban Forum. This biennial event, which has been organized by UN-Habitat since 2002, is the main international summit on territorial development. It brings together all public, private and non-governmental actors working to improve living conditions in cities.
France will be represented at the forum by a delegation of almost 60 government, local authority, business, research, and NGO representatives brought together within the French Alliance for Cities and Territorial Development. It will be led by representatives of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, and the Ministry for Territorial Cohesion.
Within the framework of the “New Urban Agenda” adopted in Quito in 2016 during the Habitat III conference organized by the UN, the World Urban Forum will provide an opportunity for participants to testify to the practical implementation of the commitments and share their experiences. The meeting in Kuala Lumpur will therefore provide an opportunity for the French stakeholders to present the diversity of their potential capabilities and to showcase their expertise and know-how. A French pavilion will enable French professionals to present their operational solutions and best practices in these key areas, at the economic as well as social and environmental levels.
Five million new urban-dwellers arrive in developing cities every month, the equivalent of a city of 1.2 million inhabitants every week. More than a billion of them currently live in slum areas. If nothing is done, the figure will rise to 3 billion by 2050. Global housing stock must almost double by 2050. An estimated $57,000 billion in global infrastructure will be required by 2030.
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