Nairobi, 30 April 2018– The selection process for the Eleventh session of the World Urban Forum to be held in 2022 has started with a call for expression of interest for cities that would like to host the event. The deadline for receiving the expressions of interest is 30 July 2018. The WUF11 selected host city/country will be announced in April 2019.
The Ninth session of the World Urban Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in February 2018 set a new record in participation with 23,000 attendees from more than 150 countries. The Tenth session of the World Urban Forum will be held in the capital of United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi in 2020.
The World Urban Forum as a platform to accelerate the implementation of the New Urban Agenda
The New Urban Agenda was adopted in October 2016 at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador. It is a result of a unique consensus among all participating states. The document sets out a common vision and global standards for urban development in the coming decades. The New Urban Agenda offers a paradigm shift in the way we think, build, and manage cities.
The World Urban Forum is recognized in the New Urban Agenda as a platform to report on the implementation of the Agenda and to incorporate the inputs of multilateral organizations and civil society, the private sector and academia.
The World’s Premier Conference on Cities
The World Urban Forum (WUF) is a non-legislative technical forum convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) since 2002.
The United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 69/226 recognizes the World Urban Forum as the foremost global arena for interaction among policymakers, local government leaders, non-governmental organizations and expert practitioners in the field of sustainable urban development and human settlements.
The Forum gathers a wide range of experts from every walk of life. Participants of the Forum include, but are not limited to, national, regional and local governments, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, professionals, research institutions and academies, professionals, private sector, development finance institutions, foundations, media and United Nations organizations and other international agencies.
The number and diversity of participants since the first World Urban Forum held in Nairobi in 2002, with 1,200 participants, has increased exponentially, peaking in WUF9 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in February 2018, with 23,000 participants.