Date(s) - January 1, 2018
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The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organisations; community-based organisations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organisations and other international agencies. The WUF’s key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanisation through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanisation and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.