From February 7-13, 2018 the world will gather in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the ninth World Urban Forum, the world’s premier conference on urban issues. WUF9 will be the first session to focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) adopted in Habitat III, and it will be instrumental to the first report of the implementation of the NUA.

Habitat for Humanity will be sending a delegation of almost 30 staff, including national directors from South Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bangladesh, India and Lesotho. Our delegation is organizing and speaking at a number of side, networking and training events, as well as assemblies, round tables and special sessions. We will be highlighting our key engagements on this page, so be sure to check back for updates and additional details!

If you are going to WUF9, be sure to visit the Habitat for Humanity Booth (#182) in Hall 1-2. Join us every day from 3:00-4:00 PM for Country Coffee Chats, where our national directors will discuss their organizations’ work in their respective countries, providing potential partners with a chance to discuss their country programs in-depth and explore opportunities for collaboration. Stop in and visit us: 

Wed. Feb. 7th: Cambodia

Thurs. Feb. 8th: Indonesia

Fri. Feb. 9th: Bangladesh

Sat. Feb. 10th: India

Sun. Feb. 11th: South Korea

Mon. Feb. 12th: Philippines

Be sure to follow @joinSolidGround on Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates on WUF9 events and ways to get involved.


Where you can find us at WUF9:


10:30 AM - 5:30 PM | location tbc

Youth Assembly

Presentation by Habitat for Humanity International



2:30 - 4:30 PM | location tbc

Civil Society Organization Round Table

Round table, organized by Habitat for Humanity International

CSO implementers of the New Urban Agenda will share real-world stories in a coordinated format to inspire a collaborative and constructive dialogue, to establish synergies with other agendas such as the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, to face, in a holistic manner, the growing challenges of natural phenomena.


3:00 – 5:00 PM | AFINUA room

Housing at the Center of Urban Transformations: Localizing the NUA and SDG11 in the Cities of Latin America and the Caribbean

Networking event, convened by Cities Alliance

As a partner of City Alliance and UN-Habitat, Habitat for Humanity will be sharing our experiences at this event, which is focused on housing practice policy implementation in cities and local governments in Latin America and the Caribbean.



9:00 - 11:00 AM | room 307

Urban Housing Practitioners Hub: A Network to Improve Housing Conditions in Latin America

Networking event, convened by UNIAPRAVI

As a key partner in the establishment of the UHPH – a unique multi-sector coalition of housing and urban specialists – Habitat for Humanity will present during this event, which will bring together various actors, including the private sector, city decision-makers, non-governmental organizations and researchers.


9:00 - 11:00 AM | room 406

From Theory to Reality: Using Data to Move the Bar on Property Rights for Women and the Most Vulnerable

Networking event, convened by IHC Global

In this evidence-based session, John Armstrong (National Director, Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh) will join three other representatives in sharing research findings and promising practices to secure property rights for all.


9:00 - 11:00 AM | room 305

Laying the Foundation for Robust Housing Microfinance Ecosystems

Networking event, convened by the Affordable Housing Institute

For this panel discussion, Greg Skowronski (Asia-Pacific Regional Director for Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter) will join a panel of stakeholders, representing both country-specific experiences and global organization, to share Habitat’s experiences with strengthening the global housing microfinance ecosystem.


3:00 - 5:00 PM | room 402

PASSA Youth Launch in Asia-Pacific: Leveraging Youth Engagement and Technological Innovations for Participatory Urban Planning

Networking events, convened by IFRC

By connecting various actors, experts and other stakeholders, this event will raise awareness around best practices in participatory urban planning and the role that innovative technologies at the hands of trained youth can play in making cities more resilient.



10:00 - 10:30 AM | Next City World Stage

Housing at the Center: Perspectives on the 6th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum

Presentation by Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity will present key findings from the Sixth Asia-Pacific Housing Forum, including its impact on countries, cities and communities, and ways to leverage the Forum’s recommendations for actionable solutions to increase access to decent and affordable housing in the region. 


3:00 - 5:00 PM | room 406

Building People-Public-Private Partnerships (PPPP) for Urban Development, Integration and Systemic Change

Networking event, convened by Habitat for Humanity International

In this session, participants will learn about the benefits of PPPP’s in three diverse projects, in three contexts, and in three different continents that range from a comprehensive urban upgrading program in Liberia, to improving energy efficiency of in low-income homes in the Balkans and working with the private-sector to improve housing micro-finance in India.


3:00 - 5:00 PM | room 404,

Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda

Networking event, convened by the General Assembly of Partners

In this interactive and participatory networking session, the GAP Executive Committee, including Habitat for Humanity’s Global Advocacy Director Jane Katz, will share current and anticipated multi-stakeholder projects and help coach attendees in how to join them or form new ones.



11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | room 404

How to Leverage Multi-Sector Tools and Partnerships to Increase Security of Tenure Globally

Training event, convened by Habitat for Humanity International

Building upon the results of these three regional learning exchanges organized by the Global Land Tool Network’s Urban CSO Cluster and Habitat for Humanity’s Solid Ground Campaign, this training session will give participants from the public and private sectors, government and academia the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the continuum of land rights and learn new strategies for cross-sector engagement towards improved tenure security for the urban poor globally.


2:30 AM - 4:30 PM | location tbc

Housing at the Center, as a Vector for Socio-Economic Inclusion

Special Session, convened by UN-Habitat

The objective of this session is to discuss the proposals for national and local governments to reposition housing at the center of planned urbanization by operating a paradigm shift in the way we approach housing issues – from a building-only perspective to a more comprehensive view of housing as more than a roof and four walls.


5:00 - 6:00 PM | room 402

Habitat for Humanity’s Commitment to Implement the New Urban Agenda: A Progress Report
Side event, convened by Habitat for Humanity International

At Habitat III, Habitat for Humanity made four commitments towards promoting sustainable cities and the New Urban agenda, including access to decent shelter for over 200 million people by 2036. Now, more than a year later, Habitat for Humanity and its partner organizations will report on the progress they are making towards fulfilling these commitments.


Follow @JoinSolidGround on Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates on WUF9 events and ways to get involved. 

Will you be at the World Forum? Let us know on Twitter, and be sure visit us at the Habitat for Humanity booth.

We look forward to seeing you there!