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About the World Urban Forum 9

In February 2018, a team of GLI Policy Analysts attended the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This event takes place every two years bringing together multiple stakeholders to discuss and share knowledge about the goals for sustainable urban development. Addressing the theme, “Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda,” WUF9 builds on the resolution of Habitat III when 167 countries agreed the New Urban Agenda, which sets a common vision and global standards for sustainable urban development in the coming decades.

The team was made up of Sadia Amin (PGT, Urban Studies and Planning); Michael Berry (Undergraduate, Politics); Francis Clay (PGT, Urban Studies and Planning); Xiaowen Dai (PGT, Urban Studies and Planning); Nusha Haghpanah (PGT, Politics); Sandra Kundeya (PGT, Geography); Ashwini Maheswaran Foster (Undergraduate, Politics) and Alice Preston-Jones (PGT, Urban Studies and Planning).

They were joined by Dr Gabriel Silvestre and Dr Zheng Wang from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Students at World Urban Forum 2018

"One of the highlights of my time at the WUF9 was the variety of the voices that were present at the talks. In particular, at a talk from local government officials in South Africa about the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, members of the audience were critical of their approach. This was significant to me because it was important not to take everything at face value and have people and organisations that voice a critical opinion and scrutinise," Nusha Haghpanah, GLI Participant

About the Global Leadership Initiative

The Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) offers Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught students from the Faculty of Social Sciences the opportunity to attend major international summits taking place during the academic year. Accompanied by academic staff, small groups of approximately 8 students will actively engage in these meetings, providing an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience of international policy debates at the highest level and produce outputs visible to an international audience thereby enhancing their research skills and employability.