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The Government of Egypt and UN-Habitat kick off preparations of WUF12

Cairo/Egypt – WEBWIRE
Signature of the WUF12 agreement at the Egyptian cabinet in the presence of Prime Minister of Egypt Dr. Mostafa Madbouly
Signature of the WUF12 agreement at the Egyptian cabinet in the presence of Prime Minister of Egypt Dr. Mostafa Madbouly

The Government of Egypt and UN-Habitat announced that they are starting preparations for the twelfth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF12). The premier global conference on urbanization convened by UN-Habitat, the United Nations entity responsible for sustainable urban development, is set to take place in Cairo in November 2024.

The announcement was made at the Egyptian Cabinet, following a meeting between Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly and Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat. During the meeting, they signed the agreement to hold WUF12 in Egypt, jointly organized by the Government of Egypt and UN-Habitat.

”We are proud to be hosting the twelfth session of the World Urban Forum in Cairo in 2024. This is a significant milestone in our partnership with UN-Habitat. We are eager to use this event as a platform to engage in global discussions around urbanization and learn from other countries and stakeholders, and continue to build sustainable and resilient cities for future generations,” said in his speech Prime Minister of Egypt Dr. Mostafa Madbouly.

The WUF Local Organizing Committee meeting, established under the auspices of the Egyptian Prime Minister and chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities, the Ministry of Local Development, and Cairo Governorate, was also held for the first time. The discussions included:

·         The need to accelerate the implementation of the New Urban Agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through national and regional urban forums.
·         Cairo aims to set new benchmarks for all cities and communities to follow as previous WUF host cities did.
·         WUF is about action on the ground. Declared actions and, most importantly, actions fulfilled.

In 2022, Egypt was selected to host WUF12 in Cairo. The forum comes after various achievements, including Egypt’s New Urban Communities Authority receiving the UN-Habitat 2021 Scroll of Honour award in the field of sustainable urbanization and the success in hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27).

“I stand before you today to assure you that you can fully count on the support from UN-Habitat through the entire preparatory process to make sure we make the best out of this opportunity,” Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director, stated during the press conference. ”Let us come together, let us collaborate, and let us build a better future that will last thousands of years more for the generations to come.”

About the World Urban Forum
The World Urban Forum (WUF) was established in 2001 by the United Nations to address one of the most pressing issues facing the world: rapid urbanization and its impact on people, cities, economies, climate change, and policies. Held every two years, the forum is convened by UN-Habitat. It is designed as a high-level, open, and inclusive platform for addressing the challenges of sustainable urbanization.
Each session is staged in a different city - the twelfth session in Cairo, Egypt, will mark the first time the forum returns to an African continent in over 20 years and the first time WUF is held in a megacity with more than 20 million inhabitants.

About the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
UN-Habitat is the United Nations entity responsible for sustainable urbanization. It has programmes in over 90 countries that support policymakers and communities to create socially and environmentally sustainable cities and towns. UN-Habitat promotes transformative change in cities through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance, and collaborative action. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @unhabitat and @UNHabitat_Ar.

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