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 will be issued at the Twenty-seventh session of the Governing Council in April 2019.

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Click here to visit the WUF9 website.


The Tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2020. The official announcement was made in March 2017 after the conclusion of the bidding process, which took place in 2016. WUF10 will be the first Forum to be held in the Arab region and it will be another opportunity to review the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

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 2020. The 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.