Towards the 10th World Urban Forum: Culture, innovation and sustainable urbanization


From 8 to 13 February 2020, the city of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will host the tenth edition of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) with  “Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation” as its theme. UCLG is mobilizing a delegation of mayors and local elected officials, and is facilitating the presence of all the member networks of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments.

Convened by UN-Habitat, the World Urban Forum is the world’s leading conference that addresses the challenges of urbanization. The Forum brings together a wide range of elected officials from all levels of government: national, regional and local governments, as well as experts and non-governmental organizations, community organizations, professionals, research institutes, development finance institutions, foundations, United Nations agencies and other international organizations.

UCLG, as facilitator of the Global Taskforce, is mobilizing a delegation of 200 local and regional government representatives from across the globe for this 10th edition and will be facilitating the presence of all the member networks of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments. Our constituency will call for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda as an accelerator of the Global Goals an to ensure a  direct dialogue  between UCLG members and partners of the Global Taskforce and the UN high officials, especially on the issues of WUF10: culture, sustainable urbanization and innovation.

Local and regional government’s programme at WUF10

UCLG will be coordinating the participation of the Global Taskforce (GTF) which will be organized around the main event: World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments on 8 February 2020 from 13:00-18:00.

It will provide a space for local and regional leaders, representing various global networks of local and regional governments, to deliberate and agree on resolutions on WUF10 themes to be presented to UN-Habitat bodies. The sitting of the World Assembly will build on the key recommendations that resulted from the dialogue with civil society, the constituency of local and regional governments, and partners in Durban.

Improving local-national dialogue at the Local and Regional Governments’ Roundtable

In the framework of the World Urban Forum, a dialogue between mayors and ministers will take place as the Local and Regional Governments Roundtable. This debate will ensure that the views of all stakeholders are incorporated to find solutions to the challenges faced when implementing the New Urban Agenda, and enhance dialogue among spheres of government.

Voices from Cities

As in the past editions of the WUF, UCLG members and partners will be given a space to showcase best practices, efforts undertaken, and milestones reached towards the achievement of sustainable urban development.

United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities

UNACLA will hold a session during the WUF to strengthen the dialogue between UN Habitat and the local and regional governments constituency.

Pavillion The Local and Regional Governments Pavillion

UCLG will facilitate the Local and Regional Governments pavillion within the space of the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center.  The pavilion will have a small agora and meeting room for the participants, and will ensure our visibility and coordination during the WUF. Our team will be happy to welcome you during #WUF10!