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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Decade of Action (2020-2030) is a decade of rapid urbanization.  By 2030, 60 percent of humanity will be living in cities, rising further to 70 percent by 2050. Cities produce more than 70 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and consume 80 percent of the world’s energy. Urbanization has direct impact on climate change, widening inequalities, population growth, ageing and environmental degradation.

The 10th World Urban Forum (WUF), the largest global urban conference is happening in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 8-13 February 2020. It takes into account key challenges for action to ensure sustainable urban development, including the need for aligned implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda.

WUF 10 will focus on key action areas

  • Innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable cities;
  • Innovative urban solutions in housing, mobility, planning and governance;
  • Technology and data as enablers for sustainable cities;Building human and social capital to build a sustainable urban future, with a special focus on youth and   women;
  • Empowering cities as open investment platforms to harness an enabling business and      regulatoryenvironments; and          
  • The impact of migration on cities.

UNDP’s presence in the World Urban Forum

UNDP will join the World Urban Forum to help inform discussions and shape collective action, engaging in high level roundtable dialogues and events. We will explore with our partners and stakeholders a range of policies and strategies necessary to achieve both the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda.

In the next 30 years, an estimated $90 trillion will be invested in infrastructure, with most of it in urban settings. There is a unique opportunity to shape these investments to ensure the need to promote a transition towards low-carbon, resource-efficient, climate and disaster resilient, and socially just cities where people can live healthy, productive and peaceful lives. If managed well, cities can significantly contribute to meet the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets and maintain the ambition of 1.5C while increasing resilience to climate change.

UNDP is committed to continue developing tailored integrated and context-specific solutions for promoting   sustainable development in cities. Leveraging the capacity, expertise and network of partners it has developed over the last 50 years, UNDP will focus support to countries, municipalities and local stakeholders to enhance governance, environment, social and financial landscapes for even progress. It will help develop policies, leadership skills, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

WUF 10 is expected to bring together about 15,000 stakeholders, including national, regional and local governments, NGOs, community groups, research institutions and academia, the private sector, IFIs, foundations, the media, UN organizations and other international agencies.

List of speakers at the Forum.


For information on UNDP events, please contact Renata Rubian (

For information on media engagements and communication, please contact Sangita Khadka (

For information on UNDP's Exhibition and the Urban Expo, please contact Ider Batbayar (

The full list of official WUF10 events can be found here:

UNDP Urban Expo: Visit UNDP's booth H9-13 at the WUF 10 Urban Expo Pavilion.

For details of UNDP engagement, See Flyer below.



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