9th World Urban Forum

The ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) will take place from 7 to 13 February 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme "Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda" of the WUF9 focuses on the New Urban Agenda, adopted at the Habitat III United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador. The New Urban Agenda outlines a vision for the coming decades with global standards for urban development, a swift implementation of the Agenda 2030, and formulated goals for sustainable urban development.

The WUF9 provides an opportunity to bring together urban actors from national, regional and local governments with civil society, the private sector and academia. The conference supports all stakeholders to discuss, identify and implement solutions for sustainable urban development and to drive forward the transformative shift of the New Urban Agenda.

The IKI will host a Networking Event at WUF9 on Friday 9 February, 3pm-5pm at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.
Registration and further information on the event here.

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To the IKI website "Sustainable Urban Development"

German Events at WUF9

In this brochure you will find a programme of events taking place at the German Pavilion, some of the major additional events with German participation in the official WUF9 programme and an overview of the main strategies and approaches of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to support the implementation of the NUA in Germany and worldwide.

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The brochure contains a commented collection of links to publications of the BMUB, BMZ or GIZ GmbH as well as general information about German organizations involved in the field of sustainable urban development.

Publications at the German Pavilion

The brochure contains a commented collection of links to publications of the BMU, BMZ and GIZ GmbH as well as general information about German organizations involved in the field of sustainable urban development.

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In-/direct IKI activities on sustainable urban development in cities worldwide

IKI fact sheets on sustainable Cities

  • City scene
  • Houses from above
  • Traffic jam
  • House at street
  • Houses from above
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    Sustainable Urban Development

    Today more than half of the global population lives in cities. According to UN Habitat the share of people living in urban areas will increase to 70% by 2050 with the majority of urban growth taking place in emerging economies and developing countries. Cities are responsible for around 70% of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions as sectors with high emissions such as industry, transport, housing and waste concentrate in metropolitan areas.

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    25,000 Solar Roofs for Mexico

    Mexico ranks thirteenth internationally in the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs). One of the key challenges in reducing these emissions is to encourage greater use of renewable energy technologies in the residential sector. Around 80% of households in Mexico use some form of fossil fuel for cooking and heating water, which constitutes a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. One of the most technically viable and economically attractive options to reduce fossil fuel consumption in home systems is solar water heating (SWH). Although Mexico has one of the highest averages for solar irradiation in the world, its potential remains largely untapped. Currently, few households have a solar collector, despite sharp rises in gas prices and the quick amortization of investments in solar water heaters (3-5 years).

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    Opportunities of Sustainable Mobility

    Mobility is essential for the social and economic development of a country. Reliable transport systems have positive impacts on a country's economy and improve access to jobs, education and health care. However, current trends in the transport sector are mostly unsustainable. The tremendous growth of motorised transport is one of the key challenges for sustainable development worldwide. With 27%, the transport sector already contributes the second highest share of energy-related CO2 emissions globally and is the fastest growing sector in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These trends will continue if sustainable transport solutions are not systematically introduced.

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    Energy Efficiency as Important Pillar of the Energy Transition

    In the short and medium term, energy efficiency is the biggest, fastest, and most cost-effective option for saving energy and mitigating climate change - it is often referred to as the "first fuel". Energy efficiency connects the reduction of emissions and consumers' energy bills with the improvement of energy security and trade balances. Thus, energy efficiency is key to decoupling economic growth from GHG emissions. Hence, it can be regarded as one of two major pillars of the energy transition. Globally, energy efficiency needs to be improved in different areas, especially in transport, industry and buildings.

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    1.000 Solar Roofs for Brazil

    In Brazil, it is common to heat up water using electricity or natural gas. Especially the widespread use of electricity for showers leads to demand peaks in the power sector. The energy required to meet this demand is usually generated from fossil fuels. Brazil has excellent solar irradiation conditions and is facing rising gas and electricity prices. Nevertheless, solar thermal is not yet widely used. In 2009, based on the vast potential for solar water heating (SWH) in Brazil, the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) commissioned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to develop the “1,000 Roofs Programme".

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IKI films on Sustainable Cities

  • Two city planners looking at city from a hill
  • Canal of a hydropower plant
  • Rural house in India
  • farmer on a field
  • Solar panels on a roof
  • Person at refrigerated shelf
  • insulation
  • Person in bike shop
  • People on a bus
  • City planning in Brazil

    For a long time, nature was not high on the list of important features for city planners in Brazil. But increased landslides and pollutions have forced them to rethink their strategy.

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  • Hydropower in Turkey

    Turkey faces an electricity shortage but one thing it has in abundance is water. The country plans to tap this potential and expand hydropower to ease its energy problems.

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  • Green growth in India

    Soaring demand for and erratic supply of energy make energy efficiency a top priority.

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  • Mexico moves to fight smog

    For over two decades, Mexico City has battled to combat air pollution and smog with a slew of measures. And they're paying off as old exhaust-belching vehicles are phased out and the megacity becomes greener.

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  • Renewable Energy in Lebanon

    In many parts of Lebanon, towns and cities get only five to six hours of electricity a day. Wind and solar energy could be a solution, but they have so far only provided power on a small scale.

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  • Eco supermarkets in South Africa

    Supermarkets need refrigerators and freezers, and these rely on chemical coolants that damage the ozone layer and environment. But a South African supermarket chain is switching to less damaging natural options, such as carbon dioxide, saving energy and costs.

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  • Energy efficient construction in Ukraine

    Ukraine is one of Europe's most wasteful nations when it comes to energy. Private homes are responsible for some 30 percent of the country's energy consumption, with windows that don't shut properly and radiators that can't be regulated.

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  • Eco-friendly transport in China

    China has become one of the world's biggest economic superpowers. The country is booming, and personal wealth and prosperity are on the rise. But that has its drawbacks, too. More goods, services and people are on the move, and China's roads are becoming increasingly congested.

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  • Colombia's green transport strategy

    In the Colombian capital Bogotá, a bus rapid transit system called "TransMilenio" has become a model form of transportation for developing cities around the world. A combination of designated bus lanes and bike paths, free shuttle buses and underground bicycle stations have proven to be just as effective as the subway.

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