PUTRAJAYA: The soft launch of the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9) was officiated today by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The soft launch signified the work that Malaysia had put in since 2014 to host WUF9, scheduled to be held from Feb 7 - 13 next year.
Also present were Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar, Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
With WUF9, Malaysia is the second Asian city to host the international forum after Nanjing, China in 2008.
The WUF is a technical forum put together by the United Nation - Habitat human resettlement programme every two years.
Around 25,000 people are expected to attend WUF9 in KL next year.
There has been a significant increase in participants each time the WUF is held, with 22,000 having taken part in WUF7 in Medellin, Colombia.