In the morning, two Dialogue sessions provided forums for attendees to hear keynote speeches and panel discussions by high-level participants on dimensions of WUF10’s themes of culture and innovation. The topics of the day’s dialogues were "Urbanization, Culture and Innovation" and "Implementing the New Urban Agenda to drive Sustainable Change." In closing remarks of the first dialogue, UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif called on all stakeholders to build a global coalition for fairer globalization, stressed the importance of a One UN approach, and encouraged participants to share experiences to develop a concrete action framework focused on areas with the largest possible impact.A number of roundtable discussions convened during the day, including a One UN roundtable and roundtables focused on foundations and philanthropies, as well as persons with disabilities. UN-Habitat initiated five global flagship programmes to catalyze transformative change in cities and human settlements, and today two of these initiatives were showcased in the Exhibition Area, namely ‘People-focused Smart Cities' and ‘SDG Cities.’Many parallel events also took place throughout the day, including special sessions on: migration and the open city: the role of culture in enabling inclusive societies, and culture, the creative industry and their impact on reconstruction and resilience. Other events hosted included the WUF Cities Investment Platform, a convening place for cities and investors to foster new partnerships and make sustainable urbanization more investable.
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Dialogue 1: Urbanization, Culture and Innovation
The panel (L-R): Moderator Jason Pomeroy; Ernesto Ottone Ramírez; UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saskia Sassen, Columbia University; Luis Monreal, Aga Khan Trust for Culture; Beth Chitekwe-Biti, Slum Dwellers International (SDI); Tim Stonor, Space Syntax
Noura Al Kaabi, UAE
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University
Luis Monreal, Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Beth Chitekwe-Biti, SDI
Moderator Jason Pomeroy
Participants listen to the discussion.
Dialogue 2: Implementing the New Urban Agenda to Drive Sustainable Change
The first panel (L-R): Jasmine Pang, Moderator; Martha Delgado, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico; Khadijah Ahmadi, Mayor of Nili; Sergey Levkin, Department of Urban Development Policy of Moscow; Sameh Wahba, World Bank; Sheela Patel, SDI; Rose Molokoane, SDI; Marjeta Jager, European Commission
Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat
Mariana Mazzucato, University College London
Khadijah Ahmadi, Mayor of Nili
Sheela Patel, SDI
Sergey Levkin, Department of Urban Development Policy of Moscow
Sameh Wahba, World Bank
Rose Molokoane, SDI
Marjeta Jager, European Commission
The second panel (L-R): Ricky Burdett, London School of Economics (LSE); Wendy Pullan, University of Cambridge; Cyrille Pierre, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France; Joyce Msuya, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); Mounir Tabet, UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA); Mami Mizutori, Head of UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR); Jasmine Pang, Moderator
Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji
Ricky Burdett, LSE
Wendy Pullan, University of Cambridge
Cyrille Pierre, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, France
Joyce Msuya, UNEP
Mami Mizutori, UNDRR
Sustainable Urban Development Now: SDG Cities
Speakers take the floor during the sessions.
One UN Roundtable
Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat
Matthias Naab, UN Resident Coordinator in Comoros
Fiona McCluney, UN Resident Coordinator in Montenegro
Christopher Williams, UN-Habitat
Sanaka Samarasinha, UN Resident Coordinator in Fiji
Amin El Sharkawi, UN Resident Coordinator in Bahrain
Ugochi Florence Daniels, UN Resident Coordinator in Iran
Ghulam Isaczai, UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan
Special Session: Migration and the Open City: The Role of Culture in Enabling Inclusive Societies
The room during the special session
Emmanuel Jal, Canadian-South Sudanese artist
Soula Ben Abderrahim, Tunisia
Carola Gunnarsson, Mayor of Sala
Jonathan Malagón González, Minister of Housing, City and Territory, Colombia
Participants listen to the discussion.
Special Session: Culture, the Creative Industry and their Impact on Reconstruction and Resilience
Moderator Ottavia Spaggiari
Hodan Ali, Municipality of Mogadishu, Somalia
Ernesto Ottone Ramírez, UNESCO
Sushil Gyewali, National Reconstruction Authority, Nepal
Around the Venue
A participant discusses the Earth Negotiations Bulletin coverage of the WUF10.
A participant in between sessions
Participants from Korea and Sudan at the venue
Participants take photos at the venue.
The next WUF will be held in Katowice, Poland, in 2022.