Urban Innovation in Implementation of the Global Agendas

2018-01-29 16:10:36

Time & Date: 17:00-18:00, 9 February, 2018   

Venue: Listen to Cities Room, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center

Language: English  


Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation

World Association of the Major Metropolises

Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences

Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Research Center


The majority of the goals and targets of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda require active involvement of local authorities in order to be implemented. The Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (Guangzhou Award) is an open knowledge platform co-sponsored by the City of Guangzhou, UCLG and Metropolis. Its purpose is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, expertise and experience between cities and territories in urban innovation. Since the adoption of the SDGs and the NUA, the Guangzhou Award is fully dedicated to showcasing local actions in the implementation of the Global Agenda and to serve as a qualitative reporting and monitoring tool. A diverse panel consisting of representatives from local government, academia, professionals and international organizations will engage each other and the audience in a dialogue on how urban innovation is leading to the implementation of the global agendas.

The workshop is one of the "Listen to Cities room/ Local Action" sessions at the Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9), which will get underway on 7-13 February.


Nicholas You, Director of International Programmes and Cooperation, Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation


1. Dr. Eugenie Birch, President, General Assembly of Partners; Chair, Steering Committee of World Urban Campaign (USA);

2. Mr. Jose Carrera, Vice President, Social Development, CAF - Development Bank of Latin America (Latin America);

3. Mr. Li Zhijian, President, Asia-Pacific Innovation Economic Research Institute (China);

4. Mr. René Lindsay, Special Advisor, Cloud Burst Management, City of Copenhagen (Denmark);

5. Ms. Silvia Tamayo, Director, Happiness and Integral Citizenship Education, Municipality of La Paz (Bolivia);

6. Mr. Sithole Mbanga, Chief Executive Officer, South African Cities Network (South Africa);

7. Prof. Yao Yi, Deputy Director, International Affairs Institute, Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences (China)



Opening remarks

- Mr. Octavi de la Varga, Secretary General of METROPOLIS

- Mr. LIU Baochun, Director General of Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Office

17:10-17:15Introduction of panel discussion
17:15-17-45Interactive discussion between the panel
17:45-17:55Q & A