The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF 9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF 9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies.
In the New Urban Agenda (NUA), adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016, participating States request the report of the implementation of the Agenda to incorporate, to the extent possible, the inputs of multilateral organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia, and to build on existing platforms such as the WUF, convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Themed ‘Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda,’ WUF 9 will be the first session to focus on the implementation of the NUA.
WUF 9 will seek to provide substantive inputs for the first report of the implementation of the NUA. The Forum is expected to enhance the common vision on sustainable urban development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by contributing to implementation of concrete solutions for the commitments made in the NUA, which are fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The NUA commitments include ensuring: sustainable urban development for social inclusion and ending poverty; sustainable and inclusive urban prosperity and opportunities for all; and environmentally sustainable and resilient urban development.
WUF 9 will aim to, inter alia: raise awareness of sustainable urbanization among stakeholders; improve the collective knowledge of sustainable urban development through open debates, sharing of lessons learned, and the exchange of urban solutions and good policies; increase coordination and cooperation between different stakeholders and constituencies for the implementation of sustainable urbanization; and incorporate the inputs of multilateral organizations and stakeholders into the reporting of the NUA implementation.
The WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world.