The tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) continued on Sunday, with the official opening taking place in the morning. During the ceremony, it was announced that more than 80 ministers, 70 mayors, and over 18,000 delegates from 140 nations had registered for WUF10.Falah Mohammad Al Ahbabi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport, noted that WUF10 was the first conference of its kind to be held in the Arab region. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, addressed the Forum in a video message, noting that urbanization often comes with problems such as high rates of inequality.Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan, said the shared goal for cities to become more compact and sustainable between now and 2050 is threatened by environmental change, a technological revolution, and mounting political rivalries and violence. Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama emphasized the need to make urban living synonymous with sustainability and called on “every nation, city and community” to join Fiji in achieving net zero emissions by 2050.UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif urged for turning urbanization into a net positive contributor to life on earth. In the afternoon, a ministerial roundtable heard statements from more than 20 high-level dignitaries, and the second Pan-Arab Urban Development Symposium considered region-specific challenges that influence sustainable urbanization and urban resilience. UN-Habitat’s new Goodwill Ambassador for Arab States H.R.H. Princess Lamia bint Majed Al Saud identified a rising trend of philanthropic giving and corporate social responsibility within the region’s private sector.A host of other events took place in parallel, including a local and regional governments’ roundtable, special sessions, and sessions on the Sustainable Development Goals in Action. Participants attended a reception and a concert in the evening.
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The audience during the opening ceremony
Opening of the WUF10 Exhibition
The high-level delegation opens the exhibition and meets participants.
Sustainable Urban Development in the Arab/MENA Region: 2nd Pan-Arab Urban Development Symposium
Launch of the SDG Project Assessment Tool: An innovative tool for inclusive, sustainable and effective urban projects
Around the Venue
Participants at WUF10's evening reception