9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (Feb. 7 - Feb. 13, 2018)

Panel discussion "Unlocking the transformative power of cities: Priorities for action"


8 February, 4 - 4.45 pm, German Pavilion


Organizer: WBGU/GIZ.


In its report "Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities", the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) explains why the success or failure of the global transformation towards sustainability will be decided in cities. From this background, the event will address major challenges in implementing the New Urban Agenda (NUA) with case studies from Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia). Transformative fields of action as well as examples of specific steps towards implementing the NUA will be examined. The discussion will also address the role of polycentric urban governance and the responsibilities of different stakeholders in materializing the NUA.



Anke Brummer-Kohler, Director General, Urban Development, Housing and Building Law, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)



Frauke Kraas, former WBGU member; Professor for Human Geography, University of Cologne



Daw Aye Aye Myint, Deputy Director General, Department of Urban and Housing Development, Ministry of Construction, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Hieu Nguyen Ngoc, Vietnamese German University (VGU), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Rini Rachmawati, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesien

Moderator: Andreas Proksch, Director General, Sector and Global Programmes Department, GIZ.


Side Event "Implementing Global and National Climate Action in Cities - the Localisation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)". 


10 February, 5-6pm, room 404, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center


Organizer: BMZ/GIZ


Two-thirds of the National Determined Contributions (NDCs) already list urban fields of action in their national priorities. However, this must still be underscored with action. Specific targets, conducive national urban policies and sub-national action plans as well as incentive schemes are still missing in many NDCs. These concrete measures will be required to unleash the full potential of cities' contributions to a more resilient and low-carbon urbanisation, as well as, ultimately, to achieving the global 1.5 degree climate goal. This event will illuminate the way towards enhanced urban climate action in the context of the NDC implementation. In her keynote, Frauke Kraas (University of Cologne, former WBGU member) will present the WBGU report "Unlocking the transformative power of cities" and explain why the success or failure of the global transformation towards sustainability depends on cities. The expert panel will then analyse the drivers and challenges for climate action led by cities. The discussion shall feature an overview of urban content in NDCs and the state of play in harmonising local and national policy approaches. Examples of well-coordinated multi-level climate action as well as obstacles to such efforts shall lead the panellists to identify the imperatives for future international support in fields such as policy advice, monitoring and reporting, capacity building and access to finance for coherent local-national climate action.



Franz Marré, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)



The WBGU report "Unlocking the transformative power of cities" and the vital role of cities in NDC implementation

Frauke Kraas, former member of German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU); Professor for Human Geography, University of Cologne


Panel discussion

Shipra Narang Suri, PhD, Vice-president of the General Assembly of Partners towards Habitat III, UN-Habitat

Andrea Fernández, Director of Governance and Global Partnerships, C40 Climate Leadership Group

Drazen Kucan, Senior Urban Development and Energy Efficiency Specialist, Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Shagun Mehrotra, Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank

Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, Global Services, ICLEI


Moderator: Maruxa Cardama, Urban Adviser, Cities Alliance