UAE first Arab country to host World Urban Forum

Abu Dhabi: The Tenth Edition of the World Urban Forum (WUF 10) kicked off from Feb 8 until 13 Feb in Abu Dhabi. The UAE is the first Arab country to host the world’s most important conference on cities and human settlements.

WUF10 is convened by UN-Habitat in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, General Secretariat of the Executive Council, and the ultra-modern Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The theme of the Tenth Session is Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation.

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 Objectives of the World Urban Forum:
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.

Six Dialogues Sessions at the WUF10 will take stock of emerging innovative approaches and practices in harnessing culture and innovation as drivers for sustainable urbanization and provide greater insights into the linkages between urbanization, culture and innovation as a basis for achieving inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements.

The dialogues are:
1. Urbanization, Culture and Innovation Driving Sustainable Urbanization through Culture and Innovation
2. Tradition and Modernity – A Creative Convergence for Sustainable Cities
3. Frontier Technologies and Sustainable Cities
4. Urban Planning and Heritage Preservation and Regeneration
5. Partnerships and Initiatives Supporting Culture and Innovation in Cities

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