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DPU participation at the 10th World Urban Forum

28 January 2020

The DPU will have a presence at the Tenth World Urban Forum (WUF) in Abu Dhabi between 10th-13th February.


Organized and convened by UN-Habitat, the World Urban Forum has become the foremost international gathering for exchanging views and experiences on sustainable urbanization in all its ramifications. The inclusive nature of the Forum, combined with high-level participation, makes it a unique United Nations conference and the premier international gathering on urban issues.

The theme of the Tenth Session is 'Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation', with the aim of taking stock of emerging innovative approaches and practices in harnessing culture and innovation as drivers for sustainable urbanization and provide greater insights into the linkages between urbanization, culture and innovation as a basis for achieving inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements.

DPU Emeritus Professor, Yves Cabannes, will be hosting a number of events, with further participation from DPU's Barbara Lipietz and Adriana Allen. Further information can be found below.

The DPU will host an alumni dinner at Abd Al Wahab on Tuesday 11th at 7:30pm.

Integrating food into urban planning - Book launch and debate

Monday 10th from 17:00 to 18:00, FAO booth

Book launching of and debate upon the UCL Press / FAO book, Integrating food into urban planning with various of the authors: René Vanhuizen [RUAF on Tamale, Ghana]; John Taylor [now at FAO,  on Indonesia], Samina Raja [ Buffalo University, on the US], Cecilia Marocchino and Yves Cabannes [co-editors]  

Cabannes & Marocchino (Eds) Integrating Food into Urban Planning. UCL Press: London; FAO: Rome 


Building culture of resilience towards urban sustainable development

10 February 2020, 14:15-15:45 hrs, ONE UN Room

The session will include the launch of the Words Into Action Guide on Land Use and Urban Planning. This publication was developed by DPU’s Cassidy Johnson and Barbara Lipietz, along with Shipra Narang Suri and DPU alumna Sarah Brennan. It is part of the UNDRR’s ‘how to’ series, intended to guide implementation of the Sendai Framework. 

Full details in the PDF below.

Inclusive Cities for a Changing Climate: Realizing the Urban Opportunity

Event co-hosted by the World Resources Institute  the Coalition for Urban Transitionsin partnership with IIED and the OECD. Launch of the new cycle of WRI Ross Centre Prize for Cities on the above theme. Barbara Lipietz has been invited to sit on the Advisory Council for the WRI Prize for Cities. 

Monday 10th Feb:

- 4-6pm: Panel events

- 6-8pm: Reception to announce new cycle of WRI Ross Centre Prize for Cities.

Location: Andaz Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi - a concept by Hyatt

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre - Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street Capital Gate Building, next to - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Civil Society Organizations Roundtable

HIC President Adriana Allen will participate in the Civil Society Organizations Roundtable.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 13:30 – 16:00 – Hall 4, Room B

Training event:  Integrating Food into urban planning

Time and venue: February 12th, 9 am – 12 am, Room CS 7, Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center, (ADNEC), Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Training event:  Integrating Food into urban planning [to be booked in advance, limited number]. FAO [lead], DPU/UCL and RUAF, co-organizers.

Full details (PDF):  

Side event - Achieving SDG11 and the NUA with Participatory Budgeting

Hosted by UN Habitat and University College London/ DPU, Russian Ministry of Finance (PB), United Cities of Local Governments as partners and co-hosts.

Urban ARK-UN-Habitat Book launch 'Breaking Cycles of Risk Accumulation in Urban Africa'

Jointly published with UNHABITAT as an output of the DFID-ESRC Urban Africa Risk Knowledge programme.

12 February 10.00 - 10.45 in room Urban Library (UL) 28.

Networking event - Contribution of participatory budgeting to climate adaptation and mitigation

Wednesday 12th February 2020
Hall 3, Room 15

The localization of the SDGs and the NUA: lessons from the GOLD V Report

HIC President Adriana Allen will participate in the above UCLG session offering a perspective from the Coalition on bridge-building between local authorities and civil society to advance transformative action towards the Right to the City.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 16.30 – 17.30 -  Room B (session Vc-B24)

Full details here (link)

Global Platform for the Right to the City (GPR2C) Facilitation Group Meeting [Internal meeting]

HIC President Adriana Allen will participate in the above GPR2C meeting

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 18.30-20.30 - Capital Suite 16 (CS16) first floor.

Habitat International Coalition (HIC) social gathering with HIC members and friends

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 20.30 onwards – Venue tbc [More details available soon at HIC website]