Thousands of planners and executives have gathered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) to share their ideas on how cities are built and governed, hoping to contribute to global sustainable urban development.
Tehran Mayor Pirouz Hanachi is leading a team of prominent city administrators and managers from the Tehran municipality to the six-day event, co-organized by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and UAE’s Department of Urban Planning and Transport.
The forum, themed ‘Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation’, includes assemblies, roundtables, special sessions, side events, networking and training events and press conferences on sustainable urban development and many other topics related to cities.
Gathering participants from all corners of the globe with diverse perspectives -- ranging from mayors, ministers, representatives of governments and UN organizations to local community planners, institutions and NGOs -- WUF10 puts culture, creativity and innovation at the heart of dialogue about the livability, vitality and sustainability of cities.
The conference aims to address key action areas, including innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable cities; innovative solutions in housing, mobility, planning and governance; technology and data as enablers for sustainable cities; building human and social capital to build a sustainable urban future with a special focus on youth and women; empowering cities as open investment platforms to harness an enabling business and regulatory environments; and the impact of migration on cities.
The gala -- scheduled for February 8 to 13 -- is set to provide a platform for decision-makers, businesses, urban experts and academics to deliberate and share best practices and knowledge on issues regarding all aspects of urbanization and learn from global models.
Taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, the 10th edition of the biennial has brought together over 20,000 international visitors representing more than 160 countries.
The World Urban Forum, the world’s most important conference on cities, was established in 2001 by the United Nations to address one of the most pressing issues vis-a-vis the planet today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change, and policies.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, or UN-Habitat, is the UN agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
Today, over half of the global population lives in urban areas and by 2050 an additional 2.5 billion people are expected to go urban. Such trends are constantly challenging food and agriculture, and innovative answers are therefore needed.