From February 8-13, 2020, national and local leaders, governments, civil society representatives, academics, non-governmental organizations, and many others will gather in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for the tenth World Urban Forum, or WUF, the world’s premier conference on urban issues. Organized and convened by UN-Habitat, WUF10 has its theme: “Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation,” and it will be the first time that a Middle Eastern country has had the opportunity to host the world’s leading conference on cities and human settlements.

Habitat for Humanity will be organizing and speaking at a number of side and networking events, as well as round tables and special sessions, emphasizing the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 11, or SDG 11. We will be calling attention to our key engagements on this page, so be sure to check back for updates and additional details!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates on WUF10 events and ways to get involved.

Where you can find us at WUF10:


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Capital Suites, 1st Floor: CS16

Innovative Management of Multi-Apartment High Rise Housing: Localizing SDG 7 and 11 and the New Urban Agenda Through Housing Strategies

Training Event, organized by UNECE


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Hall 2, Room 3

Opportunities and Challenges to Catalyzing Affordable Housing in Africa

Side Event, convened by Habitat for Humanity International and Shelter Afrique

This event will showcase learnings from Habitat for Humanity’s impact investment fund (MicroBuild) and feature insights from key market players mobilizing capital for low-income households to improve their housing.


12:45 PM – 1:45 PM | SDGs in Action Room

Leveraging Partnerships to Achieve Success in Monitoring and Influencing the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11 and Other Human Settlement Indicators

SDGs in Action Roundtable, organized by Habitat for Humanity International

This session will explore the methods and issues around data collection, monitoring and reporting for SDG 11, other human settlements indicators, and the New Urban Agenda. Panelists will discuss how  civil society stakeholders can work together with national and local governments as well as relevant United Nations agencies to facilitate implementation of SDG 11 indicators. The session will bring together civil society data providers, field experts, and local and national governmental representatives. 


2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Hall 2, Room 6

Civil Society Innovation and Urban Inclusion

Networking event, convened by International Civil Society Center

At this networking event, a panel of urban practitioners from various international civil Society organizations will be sharing insights around best practices when working on innovation and sustainability.


4:30 PM – 6:30 PM  | Hall 3, Room 19

An Integrated and Innovative Approach to Housing as a Driver of Sustainable Socio, Cultural, Economic, and Health Outcomes in Cities

Networking event, convened by InterAction

This event will be a research presentation from the humanitarian sector, commissioned by InterAction, on how improved shelter or access to housing can have broader impacts on other aspects of people’s lives. Habitat for Humanity, CARE International, and Reall will also present research surrounding the transformational effects housing has comprehensively on people’s lives.


Tuesday, FEBRUARY 11th

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Capital Suites, 1st Floor: CS16

How Does Culture Enable Local Governments and the Private Sector to Create Meaning Urban Transformation?

Traning Event organized by Urban Catalyst Lab, Accenture, Habitat for Humanity and Others


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Hall 3, Room 11

Culture and Innovation: Changing Community Identity and Sense of Place in the Urban Context

Side event, convened by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies


1:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Location TBD

Civil Society Organization Grassroots Roundtable

Roundtable, organized by UN-Habitat with Habitat for Humanity International and other Civil Society Organization stakeholders


4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Hall 3, Room 18

Property Rights, Culture and Context

Networking event, convened by IHC Global

This networking event will explore the significance of culture and local context for the realization of property rights and secure tenure, especially for women. Habitat for Humanity will speak on outcomes of the Solid Ground campaign and its role in the Stand for Her Land Campaign.  


4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Hall 2, Room 2

Bridging Cultural Gaps Between Refugees and Host Communities in the Middle East Urban Context Through Community Based Social and Cultural Infrastructure Projects

Networking event, convened by Jordan Green Building Council, and Habitat for Humanity International



2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Hall 2, Room 7

Building Public-Private-Civil Society, Global Innovation Platforms: Regionally Adapted Expressions of the Successful Urban Housing Practitioners Hub

Networking event, convened by HILTI Corporation Foundation

This event, convened by HILTI, will invite new urban stakeholders into the current dialogue on how to replicate and expand the successful Latin America and Caribbean regional Urban Housing Practitioners Hub into a global network of regional platforms, adapted in culturally appropriate expressions in Asia, Africa and Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, or MENA.


4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Hall 3, Room 19

New Business Model, Introducing an Investment Fund’s Ecosystem to Fulfill the SDGs and Create Integrated Urban Solutions

Networking event, convened by Inter-American Housing Union


4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Hall 3, Room 14

Sustainable and Inclusive Housing Finance: Investor, Donor and Practitioner Perspectives on Affordable Housing and Slum Upgrading

Networking Event, organized by Reall


4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Hall 2, Room 4

Changing the Culture of Planning: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Human-Centered Smart Urbanization

Networking Event, organized by Initiative for Advanced Urbanization and Artificial Intelligence




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Will you be at the World Forum? Let us know on Twitter, and be sure to visit us at the Habitat for Humanity booth.

We look forward to seeing you there!