Kuala Lumpur Declaration

Feb 13, 2018
The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum adopted the Kuala Lumpur Declaration. Building on discussions among 22.000 participants, it lays out actionable recommendations toward the implementation of the New urban Agenda. It recognizes inter alia the development potential of migrations and highlights pre-requisite for increasing urban migrants' positive contributions.





The Kuala Lumpur Declaration recognizes increased migration into urban areas as a challenge faced by cities that requires special attention. The Declaration therefore considers social cohesion and inclusive economic environment can unlock urban migrants’ development potential and increase their positive contributions. Indeed, conducive policies to ensuring migrants’ integration and protection are a pre-requisite for migrants to be able to fully participate in and contribute to society.



The World Urban Forum closed its Ninth Session (WUF9) today February 13, 2018. The biennial conference gathered 22.000 participants from all over the world to discuss the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Adopted in 2016 at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development, the NUA is a universal agenda as over half of the world’s population is residing in cities. The theme of this ninth World Urban Forum was “Cities 2030, Cities for All” as the NUA can be used as a tool toward the achievement of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

From this action oriented work, the Kuala Lumpur Declaration has been issued. In these documents, participants of the WUF9 affirm their aspirations for cities for all and call for the operationalization of this concept. To that end, they consider multi-stakeholders partnerships and multi-level and cross-sectoral coordination as a key enabler of unlocking positive transformation. The Declaration also calls for inclusive and integrated development approach, for no-one and no place to be left behind.


The Declaration is available via the M4D Library. You can also access it here: http://wuf9.org/kuala-lumpur-declaration/