WUF10 concluded with a closing ceremony in the morning, including a performance by Al Ayala dancers and a sand art performance by Shayma Al Mughairy narrating the history of the WUFs, followed by a symbolic hand-over between WUF10 and WUF11 hosts, and a video launching WUF11.Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport, suggested that the goal should not be masterplanning cities but “masterpiecing” them. In a video message, President of the UN General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande commended WUF10 for marking one of the first events of the UN Decade of Action. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, UN Conference on Trade and Development, said the world is now taking stock of the “triple promise of 2015,” noting “we are falling behind.” Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the UN’s 75th Anniversary, said that we are at a “difficult juncture in history” where “geopolitics are back with a vengeance,” adding that the UN Secretary-General will launch a global consultation on the future of international cooperation in coming months. Henry Murillo Salazar, Latin American Network of Persons with Disabilities and their Families, said cities must integrate accessibility as a basic principle in local and regional governance, reminding that persons with disabilities represent 15% of the world’s population, accessibility is a human right, and that the New Urban Agenda is committed to addressing all forms of discrimination. Martha Delgado Peralta, President of the UN-Habitat Assembly, said the Forum’s outcome document, entitled Abu Dhabi Declared Actions, had been prepared by a “well-balanced group of national governments and stakeholders." In her closing address, UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif noted WUF10 had achieved a remarkable number of milestones, including in terms of quality of the presentations and exhibitions, and gender balance among the speakers. She declared the Forum closed at 11:57 am.IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, will provide a summary report from WUF10 on Sunday, 16 February 2020. This will be available in HTML and PDF.
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Official Closing Ceremony
Participants interact after the close of the ceremony.
Closing Press Conference
Around the Venue
Participants pose for photos.