Organized by UN-Habitat, the Government of Italy, the Campania Region, the Municipality of Naples, and in collaboration with the Province of Naples, Naples will host the 6th bi-annual edition of the World Urban Forum, September 1st through 7th, 2012.

The World Urban Forum is the premier conference on sustainable urban development and city issues in the international calendar. It also benefits from being completely open so that anyone can register and contribute from presidents, mayors and ministers to NGOs, companies and students. This year’s theme is “The Urban Future” and it is a unique platform for the exchange of ideas about what we want our cities and towns to look like. Dr Joan Clos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN-Habitat

Previously held in Nairobi, Barcelona, Vancouver, and Rio de Janeiro, the 6th edition will be hosted at Naples Mostra d’Oltremare.

Naples is a fantastic city with a great sense of urban history and a willingness to look at the future, which makes it a fine location for a city conference. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and is now one of the more populous urban areas in Europe. In addition, the city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site while boasting modern services. It is only the second time the World Urban Forum will take place in Europe and we are very excited that Naples will be our host. Dr Joan Clos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN-Habitat

According to UN-Habitat, some 3,000 participants from 114 countries have already registered for the event whose goal is to examine the implications of increasing growth and identify solutions for improving quality of life in the world’s cities. To that end, a series of Special Sessions, Round Tables, 10 Side Events, 12 Training Events, 133 – 2 hour networking sessions, Business, Gender and Youth Assemblies, and the World Forum Exhibition will focus on four key areas of discussion:

  • Urban Planning: Institutions, Regulation for improving Quality of Life
  • Equity and Prosperity: Distribution of Wealth and Opportunities
  • Productive Cities: Competitive and Innovative Cities and Urban Job Creation
  • Urban Mobility, Energy and Environment
Visit the Exhibition!

Free and open to the general public daily from 0900 – 1830, the exhibition will feature thematic exhibits, pavilions for participating countries, an urban cinema area, seating areas for informal discussions, and food and refreshment stands. Presenting programs, initiatives, partnerships, and solutions for urban sustainability on the local, national, and international level, exhibitors inlcude:

  • Cities and Countries
  • UN agencies and other international organizations
  • Private sector service and product providers
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Researchers and publishers

Find the full program and more information about the event and other initiatives at:

UN-Habitat World Urban Forum

World Urban Forum Napoli

I’m a City Changer

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