Attending the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur? Join SDSN Youth and the Local Pathways Fellows for our side-event at the Forum.

Local Pathways Fellowship: Empowering Youth to Implement the New Urban Agenda in Their Cities
Friday 9 February 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Room 402
Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia




Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: World’s national and local governments, technical experts and practitioners, business and civil society will gather for 9th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF), ‘world’s premier conference on urban issues’ convened by UN-Habitat.

While it is the 9th time since 2002 that the world is gathering to discuss the future of our cities and urban areas - places that are now home to more than 3.5 billion people or half of humanity - this time is a little different.

This year’s session will be the first session since the adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Quito, Ecuador at the Habitat III Conference in 2016. That’s why the primary focus will be on implementation of the NUA, grounded on the bold promise the world has made to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Given the sheer number of people to whom the forces of urbanization may either bring hope or despair, it is clear that bringing cities into the conversation about the Goals is an imperative. We believe that it is equally necessary to make sure that young people are included not only as representatives of the community whose needs and opinions must be accounted for, but as thought leaders and problem solvers, whose bold ideas and outstanding projects are worth the attention of not only other urban practitioners but also donors, mentors, and supporters.

With this in mind, SDSN Youth global cities program - the Local Pathways Fellowship - is bringing young leaders from Mexico City, Tehran, Tema, Istanbul, Paris, Dhaka, Quezon City and Melbourne to share their journey as Local Pathways Fellows and share their insights and ideas for change at a side event , with the support of Jeffrey Sachs Center for Sustainable Development, UCL City Leadership Laboratory, the World Federation of United Nations Associations, and the UN Major Group for Children and Youth.

An hour-long session ‘Local Pathways Fellowship: Empowering Youth to Implement the New Urban Agenda in Their Cities’ will provide a space to share urban initiatives led by fellows and learn about pathways they have envisioned for ‘inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’ cities.

We look forward to seeing you at the forum!


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For inquiries regarding our presence at the World Urban Forum, contact Project Managers via email with ‘WUF’ in the email subject:

Anastasiya Kostomarova, Project Lead

Dan Chan, Project Lead


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