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Sixth Session of World Urban Forum takes place in Naples, Italy

The World Urban Forum (WUF) was established by the United Nations in 2002 to examine the rapid urbanization and the impact on communities, cities, economies, policies and climate change. Today WUF brings together national leaders, slum dwellers, mayors, academics, community and business leaders, urban activists – in short everybody who shares the vision for better and smarter future cities.

At the sixth World Urban Forum held in Naples, Italy on September 2-7th more than 8,000 registered delegates from 152 countries participated in the impressive numbers of seminars and discussions in the program. Almost 25,000 visited the open exhibition area.

The theme for this year’s Forum was The Urban Future. The topic addressed through four focused Dialogues: (a) Urban Planning: Institutions and Regulations, including the improvement of Quality of Life; (b) Equity and Prosperity: Distribution of Wealth and Opportunities; (3) Productive Cities: Competitive and Innovative Cities and (4) Urban Mobility, Energy and Environment.

During the Forum, the WHO Kobe Centre held a networking event on ‘Empowering the Future of Cities: Addressing urban health and health equity through intersectoral action’ on Monday, 3 September. This was one of the few events dedicated specifically to discussing health issues.

The 6th World Urban Forum was the major event in which Habitat partners addressed the growing urbanization trend. Local, regional and metropolitan authorities played a central role in the discussions and committed to significantly contribute to shaping the new Habitat Agenda. The mayors’ roundtable, held jointly with the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and UN-Habitat, launched a statement calling for a new Habitat Agenda that strengthens local governance and improves collaboration between local, regional and national levels of government. Read Final Draft on UNACLA Statement on Habitat III. In the other hand, the World Urban Campaign has issued a new call for all urban development actors to come together and commit to a common urban agenda. Called the Manifesto for Cities, the document represents the consensus of all partners engaged in the Campaign on the critical role that cities play in building a sustainable future. Click here to download the Manifesto for Cities.

During the Forum UN-Habitat launched the Global Network on Safer Cities which intends to target selected cities and resort to an inclusive coalition of stakeholders enhancing urban safety. This will contribute to the exchange of knowledge and experiences on urban crime and violence prevention, transform societies to be more inclusive and participatory, and encourage a culture of crime prevention.

Finally, UN-Habitat announced the 2012 Habitat Scroll of Honour Awards. This is the most prestigious award by the United Nations in recognition for work carried out in the field of human settlements development.

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