The World Urban Forum 6 – Naples, Italy 1-7 September

1 August 2012 | Uncategorized

Naples, Italy – From 1 to 7 September, the city of Naples, Italy will host the 6th Session of the World Urban Forum.  Convened by UN-Habitat, the United Nations Programme for Human Settlements, the World Urban Forum is world’s premier conference on urban issues and the theme of this year’s meeting is The Urban Future.

Highlights include:

  • The opening ceremony on 3 September at Naples’ Mostra d’Oltremare by the President of Italy, HE George Napolitano and UN-Under-Secretary-General and UN-Habitat Executive Director, Dr Joan Clos; 
  • On Wednesday 5 September, UN-Habitat will be revealing its State of the World’s Cities 2012/13: Urban Prosperity.  investigating the challenges facing our rapidly urbanising population and introducing the concept of an index of prosperity;
  • For the first time, the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour awards will also be presented at the Forum.  The Scroll is currently the most prestigious recognition of work in housing and human settlement provision with winners receiving the award at the WUF closing ceremony on 6 September
  • The first “Habitat Cup” football match between a visiting team from Nigeria and a local team from Naples
  • The Youth and Gender Assembly on 2 September
  • More than 160 networking, training and side events, participants from more than 150 countries from all walks of life and the biggest WUF partner exhibition to date

Register for World Urban Forum 6 to join us or to receive the press updates by visiting www.unhabitat.org/wuf. Here you can also find out more information on the programme, the venue and about staying in Naples.

For media accreditation, please register as above and follow the instructions sent to you.  For any enquiries, please email jeanette.elsworth@unhabitat.org

Dates for the planning diary

Sunday 2 September      Youth and Gender Assembly

Monday 3 September       Opening of the World Urban Forum

Wednesday 5 September      Release of State of World’s Cities 2012/13 Report

Thursday 6 September      UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Awards and Forum Closing Ceremony

For information on the World Urban Forum, or to register, please visit www.unhabitat.org/wuf

To request an interview with Dr Joan Clos, please contact:

Public Information Officer, Tel: +254 (0) 20 762 5518 or +254 (0) 723 268 135,

E-mail jeanette.elsworth@unhabitat.org, Website: www.unhabitat.org