World Urban Forum
The World Urban Forum (WUF) is the premier global conference on sustainable urbanization.
The World Urban Forum (WUF) was established by the United Nations in 2001 to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies and climate change.
Over the past two decades, WUF has evolved into the premier global conference on sustainable urbanization. Convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the forum is a unique non-legislative platform and one of the most inclusive international gatherings on urban issues. The first WUF was held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2002 and has been held around the world ever since.
The WUF12 will be held from 4–8 November 2024 in Cairo, Egypt and is co-organized by UN-Habitat and the Government of Egypt
WUF: Theme, numbers & facts
Theme: Transforming Our Cities for a Better Urban Future
Attendance: 17,000+ attendees from 158 countries.
Place: Katowice, Poland
Date: 26 to 30 June 2022
Theme: Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation
Attendance: 13,000+ attendees from 160 countries.
Place: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date: 8 to 13 February 2020
Theme: Cities 2030 – Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda
Attendance: 24000+ participants including representatives from 45 least developed countries.
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 7 to 13 February 2018
Road to WUF
The WUF12, convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will take place in Cairo, Egypt. This will be the first time in over 20 years, the forum is returning to the African continent, and it is the first time that it will be held in a megacity.
Second session of the United Nations Habitat Assembly, Nairobi 5 - 9 June 2023
The Government of Egypt and UN-Habitat announce dates for the twelfth session of the World Urban Forum
The Government of Egypt and UN-Habitat kick off preparations of WUF12
The Declared Actions of the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum
WUF11 closes with calls for urgent urban action
WUF11: an “extraordinary moment” for the world’s cities
The World Urban Forum is underway!
Urban crisis dialogue at the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum in Poland
UN HABITAT opens application for WUF11 events and exhibition space