The World Urban Forum (WUF) is the world’s premier conference on urban issues. It was established in 2001 by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies.

Organized and convened by UN-Habitat, the Forum has become one of the most open gatherings on the international arena, for exchanging views and experiences on urban challenges. The inclusive nature of the Forum, combined with high-level participation, makes it a unique United Nations conference and the premier international gathering on urban issues.

Objective of the Forum

The World Urban Forum has the following objectives:

  • raise awareness of sustainable urbanization among stakeholders and constituencies, including the general public;
  • improve the collective knowledge of sustainable urban development through inclusive open debates, sharing of lessons learned and the exchange of best practices and good policies; and
  • increase coordination and cooperation between different stakeholders and constituencies for the advancement and implementation of sustainable urbanization.


WUF9, taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2018, has been recognized by the General Assembly resolution 70/210 as the first session to have a thematic focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III, taking place in October this year. More information on WUF9 will be found from October 2016 here.


WUF10 will continue the effort to monitor progress on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The New Urban Agenda will feed into the overall Forum discussions as a key element with a review of the ongoing implementation by UN-Habitat and other stakeholders.

WUF10 bidding ongoing

The WUF10 selection process has commenced in July 2016 with a call of Expression of Interest to those cities interested to host the event in 2020.

The interested cities have received guidelines entailing necessary background information and a bidding questionnaire with hosting requirements. The structure of the bidding proposal follows the structure of the questionnaire. The deadline of submission of the bidding proposal is 1 October 2016 and the announcement of the selected WUF10 host city/country will happen during the Habitat III Conference in Quito.

For more information visit the Previous WUF sessions.

Bid Process Ongoing Baner