7th World Urban Forum Medellín Declaration

Equity as a foundation of sustainable urban development.

We, the participants of theSeventh World Urban Forum — governments, private sector, international organizations, academia, professionals and civil society — reaffirm our commitment to integrate urban equity into the development agenda, employing all means and resources available to ensure that cities are transformed into inclusive, safe, prosperous and harmonious spaces for all. As a matter of urgency, we must take action, collectively and individually, to bring the benefits of sustainable urban development to all.


Flag raising ceremony held in Medellin

The Mayor of Medellin Mr. Anibal Gauria (Second left) gestures as he makes a point to UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos (centre). Looking on are UN-Habitat Deputy Executive Director Dr. Aisa Kirabo (second left), Colombia´s Permanent Representative to UN-Habitat Ms. Maria Eugenia Correa (extreme left) and the UN Resident Coordinator in Colombia Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild (extreme right).


Women and Urban Energy- International Women's Day

On International Women's Day, UN-Habitat highlights the important role played by women and girls in urban energy issues and renews our commitment to strengthen and expand our efforts to bring access of modern energy to women. Sustainable energy powers opportunity. Yet 1.2 billion people -one in five globally- lack electricity to light their homes or conduct business.

Human Settlements

Global Report on Human Settlements: Urban transport systems worldwide are faced by a multitude of challenge. Among the most visible of these are the traffic gridlocks experienced on city roads and highways all over the world.

What Does “Home” Mean To You?

UN-Habitat has launched a photo and video competition asking young people to show what “home” really means to them.

The competition which was launched on International Youth Day and ends on 30 September 2013, asks the contestants to take a picture of either their homes or their hang out joints and post them on Instagram of Facebook.

The competition which targets those aged between 18 and 32 calls for photos and videos related to: