Abu Dhabi is hosting the 10th version of the World Urban Forum, February 8–13, 2020. The focus is “Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation.”
At this forum, Global Planners Network and the American Planning Association are joining together in a networking event showcasing cultural elements of planning. Since World Urban Forum 3 at Vancouver in 2006, Global Planners Network has added content and a voice for planning to these important biennial events.
Held every two years, World Urban Forums attract over 15,000 participants from over 100 countries to participate in the global conversation about the future of cities and towns. The World Urban Forums are organized by a part of the UN called UN Habitat.
World Urban Forum (WUF) was established in 2001 by the United Nations to address rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. Convened by UN-Habitat, the Forum is a high level, open and inclusive platform for addressing the challenges of sustainable urbanization. The World Urban Forum has the following objectives:
- Raising awareness of sustainable urbanization among stakeholders and constituencies, including the general public;
- Improving collective knowledge on sustainable urban development through open and inclusive debate, exchange of best practices and policies, and sharing of lessons learned.
- Promote collaboration and cooperation between different stakeholders and constituencies engaged in the advancement and implementation of sustainable urbanization.