World Urban Forum 9, Kuala Lumpur

Asia-Pacific, DIAUD Network, News, March 7 2018

Photo of the word Cities for All, the international sign of accessibility, sign for love in American Sign Language, and inclusion spelt in Braille. These were splet by over 500 participants in Merdeka square in Kuala Lumpur

Cities for all

KUALA LUMPUR, MALASIA: From February 7th until the 13th, representatives of civil society, government (national, sub-national, and regional), private sector and academia from around the world met in Kuala Lumpur for the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9). The WUF9 mobilized these stakeholders in urban development to discuss their best practices, inputs on monitoring and evaluation, and facilitate strategic partnerships for the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

Photo of two Local Malaysian Artist with disabilities, presenting their art and discussinf struggles of being an young artist and an artist with a disability during the City in the Mirror Event at the Next City World Stage.

City in the Mirror

GAATES was actively involved in the Forum, through pre-planning and onsite coordination with 25 members of the Disability Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development Network (DIAUD), organizing and co-sponsoring the following 8 events:

Group photo of GAATES President Victor Pineda, Malaysian Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Noh Omar, Malaysian Journalist Ras Adiba Radzi, Dr Asiah Mason and 3 local participants of the Aerial Art Adovacy event Cities for All in Merdeka Square

Group Photo

The events addressed the importance of inclusion and accessibility in urban development, technology, the arts and strategic partnerships towards the effective implementation and realization of the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda. In addition to the events organized, GAATES had active representation in the 4 separate side events that were organized by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GIZ), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and UN Habitat, as well as two interviews on Malaysian national television.

From the increased visibility GAATES, in coordination with the other members of the DIAUD Network, directly influenced the outcome Declaration of the Forum to explicitly include the principles of accessibility and universal design as a core aspect of action plans for implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

The side events provided a high-level of engagement for GAATES during the Forum, creating an elevated platform for the dynamic partnerships that will be leading our strategic objectives and tangible engagements to implement our mission in 2018 – towards a universally inclusive and accessible 2030!

We would like to give a special thanks to GAATES Members, the DIAUD Network, UN Habitat, World Bank, GAP Older Persons Partner Constituent Group, Next City, World Enabled, G3ict, Ford Foundation, Microsoft, CBM, Dr Mason Global, HEWI Inc., Bernama TV, Astro TV, OKU Sentral,  and the Malaysian Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government – for their coordination and support of our events. See you in Abu Dhabi in 2020 for WUF10!

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” -Helen Keller

Photo of the Smart Cities 2030 Training session, the room is filled with particpants who are taking notes and listening to the 7 speakers in the front.

Smart Cities 2030-How to Build Smart Cities


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