Dr Jorge Ochoa addressed the World Urban Forum 9

Dr Jorge Ocoa addressed the World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur, 7 - 13 Feburary 2018.

Dr Jorge Ochoa hosted an event at the World Urban Forum 9 (WUF 9) to explore innovations in learning from urban best practices for implementing the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goal 11. The event presented concrete examples of innovations, including the work led by Dr Jorge Ochoa and Dr Wolfgang Mayer on big data analytics and artificial intelligence, which has been piloted utilising UN-Habitat’s Best Practices Database along with key Sustainable Development Goals indicators. Other members of the panel included high-level representatives from UN-Habitat, Habitat for Humanity, Cities Alliance and the Huairou Commission.

The event asked the following questions: How can big data analytics enhance knowledge sharing from urban best practices? and How can platforms combine digital space with face-to-face interactions so that people can connect and access information on urban best practices?

The outcomes of this event informed the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Cities 2030 and had triggered the establishment of new partnerships around the development of urban best practices analytic tools. The local media covered the success of the event (see article here).

Established by United Nations in 2001, WUF is the world’s leading conference on urban issues. The Ninth session took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February and attracted 22,000 participants from 165 countries. Meetings involved members of national, regional and local governments, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, professionals, research institutions and academies, professionals, private sector, development finance institutions, foundations, media and United Nations organisations and other international agencies.

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