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Bangkok - 08 Oct 2019

News Number: N/22/2019

Natural resource management, climate change, disaster risk and rising inequalities. These are just some of the critical development challenges affecting over 2.3 billion people living in Asia-Pacific’s cities. By 2050, the addition of 1.2 billion new urban residents will have profound implications for the region’s economy, society and environment.

The Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7) will mobilize engaged policymakers, expert speakers and thought leaders from national and local government, private sector, research communities and civil society to provide insights into future-proofed urbanisation solutions. The Forum will provide opportunities to mobilize common actions and strengthen effective partnerships for sustainable urban development in the region.

Guided by the theme “Future of Asia and Pacific Cities: Transformative Pathways to Achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, APUF-7 will also feature four Leaders’ Dialogues highlighting innovative policy and technical solutions in the areas of urban and territorial planning, data and technologies for smart cities, urban resilience and urban finance.

Held every four to five years, the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum is the largest regional gathering of urban stakeholders. This year the Forum is organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in partnership with Urbanice Malaysia.

Media representatives are invited to attend:

What: Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7)
When: 15 to 17 October 2019
Where: Setia SPICE Convention Centre, Penang, Malaysia

Key officials:
Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat
Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji
H.E. Ms. Hajah Zuraida Kamaruddin, Minister of Housing and Local Government, Malaysia
H.E. Mr Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang

Media Highlights

Tuesday, 15 October 2019
10:30 – 11:30 Opening Session & Launch of the Future of Asia-Pacific Cities Report 2019
11:30 – 12:30 High Level Roundtable
14:00 – 14:30 Press Conference at Penang Room
14:30 – 15:30 Leader’s Dialogue 1 on Urban and Territorial Planning

Wednesday, 16 October 2019
09:00 – 10:30 Leader’s Dialogue 2 on Urban Resilience
14:00 – 15:30 Leader’s Dialogue 3 on Smart Cities

Thursday, 17 October 2019
09:00 – 10:30 Leader’s Dialogue 4 on Urban Finance
14:00 – 15:30 Declare Your Actions!
15:30 – 16:00 Closing Session

Please note the above schedule is subject to change. The full timetable, including pre-forum events and side-events is available at:

Note to Editors

Media Registration
For media registration, please email the following information to [email protected] (First Name; Last Name; Nationality; ID/Passport Number; Email Address; Mobile No; Organization/News Agency) as well as the latest electronic copy of a passport-sized photo.
Interview Requests and Media Enquiries

For individual interview requests with senior UN officials or delegates and other media enquiries, please contact:

Ms. Kavita Sukanandan, Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP, T: (66) 2 288 1869 / E: [email protected]
Ms. Susannah Price, Head of Communications Branch, UN-Habitat HQT: (254) 20 762 5518 Mobile (254) 722 719 867/ E: [email protected]
Dr. Mohd Rizal bin Osman, Director, Business Development & Operations, Urbanice Malaysia, T: (60)3 2081 6170 / E: [email protected]

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