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), taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2018, has been recognized by the General Assembly resolution 70/210 as the first session to have a thematic focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III.


The Tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2020. The official announcement has been 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.

WUF11 bidding process

The selection process for the Eleventh session of the World Urban Forum to be held in 2022 will start in April 2017 with a call for expression of interest for cities that would like to host the event. The announcement of the selected WUF11 host city/country will happen during the WUF9 in Kuala Lumpur in 2018.  More information on the Call for Expressions will be available in May 2017.


For more information visit the Previous WUF sessions.

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