By 2050, the world’s urban population is expected to nearly double, making urbanization one of the twenty-first century’s most transformative trends. The World Urban Forum aims to gather participants to discuss and readdress the way cities and human settlements are planned, designed, financed, developed, governed and managed in a city that is globally recognized for its innovation and urban solutions in sustainable development. The Forum will explore ways and provide insights and lesson that will promote and contribute to inclusive development in all parts of the world and the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.


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
  • platform to incorporate the inputs of multilateral organizations and stakeholders into the reporting of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda

The Eleventh session of the World Urban Forum will also contribute to global mobilization towards advocating for the common vision on sustainable urban development and advancing on the achievement of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.


The closing date for receiving of the Expression of Interest for WUF11 is 30 July 2018. The table below outlines the time frame of important dates for the complete bidding process.

Opening of the Call for expression of interest

30 April 2018

Deadline for receiving expressions of interest

30 July 2018

Follow up with the potential hosts (only with expressions of interest received within set deadline) and provision of the bidding procedure and guidelines

30 July to 15 September 2018

Deadline for receiving bidding proposals

1 December 2018

Bid evaluation

1 December 20 18 –
28 February 2019

Announcement of selected WUF11 host city/country

April 2019

Signing of Host Country Agreement and Conference Agreement

June 2019

Starting of preparations for WUF11

June 2019