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.


The Ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9), took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2018, with an attendance of more than 23,000 participants. The full WUF9 report has been issued at the first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly in April 2019.

Click here to visit the WUF9 report.



The Tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 8 - 13 February 2020. WUF10 was the first Forum to be held in the Arab region and attracted over 13,000 attendees and hosted 540 official events,  and concluded with a call for a united action to ensure a better future for cities and towns.

Click here to visit the WUF10 website.

WUF12 bidding process

The selection process for the Twelfth Session of the World Urban Forum to be held in 2024  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 31 August 2020The potential hosts will then be provided with the bidding package and guidelines. The WUF12 selected host city/country will be announced during the World Habitat Day global observation on 4 October 2021.

More information on the Call for Expressions is available here.

For more information visit the Previous WUF sessions.

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