Today, 9 February, the official opening of the World Urban Forum took place in Malaysia. Representatives from 185 countries arrived at Kuala Lumpur to participate in the 9th International Forum of Cities, inaugurated by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. This year, under the auspices of UN-Habitat, the Forum is dedicated to questions of stable urban development.
The UN-Habitat programme was founded in 1978 and aimed at encouraging better urban practices and the stable development of cities. Today, its mission is to promote projects aimed at providing every person in the world with shelter in socially and ecologically sustainable human settlements. UN-Habitat encourages sustainable human settlement development through special policies, increasing potential, accumulating knowledge and strengthening the bonds between governments and communities. The Moscow Urban Forum anticipates close collaboration with UN-Habitat during the 2018 Forum, which will be held in Zaryadye Park from 17 to 22 July—another indicator of the importance of MUF on the global stage.
CEO of MUF Denis Boykov took part in the World Urban Forum and presented his report "Urban Transformation in Russian Cities in Times of Mega-events and Economic Transition" at the panel session, where he spoke about the forthcoming forum in Zaryadye and progress of MUF over the past 7 years. The panel session was devoted to current urban transformations in Russia's largest cities and discussing the results of investments in infrastructure and objects built specifically for massive events such as the FIFA World Cup, Winter Olympics, youth festivals, Moscow Urban Forum and others.