About WUF

The World Urban Forum (WUF) was established in 2001 by the United Nations to address one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: 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 learnt.
  • Promote collaboration and cooperation between different stakeholders and constituencies engaged in the advancement and implementation of sustainable urbanization.

Previous World Urban Forums

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Nanjing, China Naples, Italy Abu Dhabi, UAE Barcelona, Spain Nairobi, Kenya Vancouver, Canada Medellin, Colombia Rio de Janeiro, Brazil WUF 10 2020 Cities of Opportunities - Connecting Culture and Innovation WUF 4 2008 Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development Attendance: Almost 8,000 WUF 9 2018 Cities 2030, Cities for All Attendance: Over 23,000 WUF 7 2014 Urban equity in development - cities for life Attendance: Over 22,000