The Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF7) will take place in Medellín, Colombia, from April 5 to 11, 2014. Held every two years, the Forum is a key event for the international community that brings together a wide range of participants from around the world to discuss key urban challenges facing the world today.
Discussions during the World Urban Forum in Colombia will focus on the main theme: “Urban Equality in Development – Cities for Life”.
The Forum will be held at the Plaza Mayor Convention and Exhibition Center, located in the business district of the city of Medellín. More information can be found at the official venue website: www.plazamayor.com.co.
The address of Plaza Mayor is:
Plaza Mayor Medellín Convenciones y Exposiciones
Calle 41 N° 55-80
To see a map of Medellín, Colombia, Click here.
The World Urban Youth Assembly provides young people all over the world with the opportunity to discuss and deliberate on urban issues important to them, so that they are able to make relevant contributions at the substantive dialogues at the main Forum. The Assembly is not only informative but also maintains its status as the premier urban youth platform for deliberating on urban youth issues. Click here to read this year’s World Urban Youth Assembly Concept Paper.
The Gender Equality Action Assembly is a dynamic and multi-stakeholder event, bringing together Habitat Agenda partners and enables them to meet, explore and learn ways of strengthening gender equality in international, regional and national policies and programmes related to human settlement issues. Click here to read this year’s Gender Equality Action Assembly Concept Paper.
The WUF7 theme is “Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life”. The Dialogues are the high profile events at the Forum where the overall theme is debated at the level of few subthemes by a high level panel of speakers with different backgrounds, including interactions from the audience. Visit our Dialogues page to read more about the Dialogues offered this year at WUF7.
A number of Special sessions on subjects closely related to topical issues, identified as relevant, are organized by UN-Habitat and its partners at every forum. Visit our Special Sessions page to learn more about those organized for WUF7.
An array of Roundtable meetings will be held by peer groups for each of the main constituencies of Habitat Agenda Partners. Most of these meetings are open to the public, but access to some, such as the ministerial sessions, mayors and parliamentarians are restricted. Visit our Roundtables page to read more about the Roundtable discussions offered this year at WUF7.
Networking events are organized by partners such as governments, local authorities, civil society organizations, community representatives, the private sector, intergovernmental and national organizations, academics, UN bodies and others. The networking event format provides an opportunity to build knowledge, strengthen partnerships and networks through sharing ideas and identifying best practices in an effort to advance sustainable urban development in cities and towns around the globe. Visit our Networking Events page to read more about the Networking Events offered this year at WUF7.
Training events at the Forum provide an essential " how to " approach on the development of the latest sustainable urban innovations and their implementation. Visit our Training Events page to read more about the Training Events offered this year at WUF7.
Side events are usually related to the overall theme of the Forum and could include book launches, short presentations, receptions and are organized by the same partner groups as the networking events. Visit our Side Events page to read more about the Networking Events offered this year at WUF7.
The WUF7 Cinema room will showcase selected films of partners from around the world on the most pressing urban topics, sustainable development and urban solutions relating to the WUF7 theme. The application process will be announced on the website. Visit our Cinema Room page to read more about the scheduled screenings this year at WUF7.
‘I’m a City Changer’ is about giving the voice to people and cities to propose positive solutions to urban challenges. A range of ‘City Changer’ activities demonstrating the engagement of citizens in actions towards sustainable cities will take place at the Forum. Those will take place in the City Changer room within the UN-Habitat exhibition and other venues in the city of Medellin. Visit the City Changer Room page for more information about the scheduled City Changer activities at WUF7.
This information may be found in the WUF7 Programme and on this website. A copy of the programme will be in the delegate’s bag with other WUF7 documents, which participants will receive after accreditation upon arrival at the venue of the Forum. Visit our Programme page for the most updated schedule of events.
Visit our Programme page to see the full schedule of events at WUF7.
Any organization related or interested on UN-Habitat work can be an exhibitor. Private Sector, cities, countries, non-governmental organizations, foundations among others, are more than welcome to participate in the exhibition. WUF7 Secretariat will be in charge to select the exhibitors in order to give coherence with the general exhibition. Read more about the WUF7 Exhibition Page here.
The booking for exhibition space will close on 31 January 2014. Reservation of exhibition space is on a first-come first-serve basis, taking into account the general technical construction needs and the design of the exhibition as a whole. Upon payment, reservation for your space will be confirmed. Note that you need to register online as an exhibitor. The Exhibition Guide is available here.
Everyone attending the World Urban Forum should register in order to get a WUF7 photo badge. In your case, you will register as an exhibitor as your primary role.
All registered exhibitors may access all the meetings at WUF7 except the ones indicated as closed events
If you wish to visit the Exhibition only, you do not need to register. There will be a provision for the general public to visit the WUF7 exhibition without registration, and this will be free of charge.
As per the rules governing the United Nations’ conferences, exhibitors are prohibited from selling their goods.
An Exhibition Guide has been elaborated and you can find more detailed information and procedures in order to exhibit in the WUF7 exhibition. The Exhibition Guide is available here.
The World Urban Campaign is a global advocacy platform to promote a positive vision of cities in the twenty first century. Coordinated by UN-Habitat and driven by a large number of partners, it is designed as an essential platform to propose solutions towards a better urban future and to build synergies, knowledge, and consensus on sustainable urban development towards Habitat III, the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to be held in 2016. WUC Partners will organize several activities and sessions during WUF7. More information is available at www.unhabitat.org/wuc
Following United Nations Paper Smart initiative, WUF7 will be served in a Paper Smart manner. The information and documentation of the Forum will be available on this WUF7 website (www.unhabitat.org/wuf). Specific criteria will be shared in future updates. Accepted event organizers who may wish to make available documents to participants in the Forum, may forward an electronic copy to WUF Secretariat to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Opening and Closing ceremonies, the Dialogues, Roundtables, Press conferences and other activities will be broadcast live on WUF Television, through the WUF7 website. This page coming soon!
The Forum is an open meeting and everyone is free to attend. All are welcome to take part in the World Urban Forum and actively exchange ideas and best practices. The theme of the Forum, Urban Equality in Development - Cities for Life, will guide discussion in all events.
Events will include Dialogues, Special sessions, Peer Roundtables, Networking events, Training events, and Side events. In addition to this, there will be an exhibition by cities, countries, organizations, national and international institutions among others.
Participation in the World Urban Forum is open to representatives of national governments, local authorities and other Habitat Agenda partners from all over the world. The latter mainly include the parliamentarians, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, human settlement professionals, research institutions and academies of science, the private, business and non-profit sectors, foundations, relevant UN organizations, multilateral finance institutions and other international agencies.
No invitation letter is necessary. UN-Habitat does not issue invitations to participants to attend the World Urban Forum. However, all participants are required to register for the Forum to access the venue and attend its meetings. Register for WUF7 here.
Generally, all events are open, but where an event is closed it will be reflected in the conference programme. The only restriction applies to certain high-level round tables involving peers alone, which are not open to the general public
The working language of the World Urban Forum is English. Spanish is the official language used in Colombia. The Opening and Closing ceremonies, as well as Dialogues, will have interpretation into the six United Nations official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish). Other WUF7 main sessions will have interpretation into Spanish and French. It will be reflected in the final programme in case of an event is held in another language other than English.
Online registration opened on 17 July 2013 and closed on 16 March 2014.
Yes, everybody had to register in order to receive the WUF7 photo badge and to attend the meetings.
Please find categories and examples of partner types below:
Civil Society Organization
(UN-Habitat staff will register on a separate form provided by the WUF Secretariat)
WUF7 Secretariat staff, including UN-Habitat and Host Country teams and selected Volunteers will register through dedicated links.
View in the section Accreditation on site.
Participants are requested to come to the venue with the acknowledgement email of registration. It is also necessary for each individual to present his/her passport (for international participants) or identification card (for national participants) which was used for registration in order to receive a WUF7 badge. Accreditation with WUF7 photo badge will commence at the venue on 3 April 2014 and the accreditation area is open daily from 7.30 to 18.00 until the last day of the Forum.
If you did not register before the online registration closed but are interested in attending the World Urban Forum as a member of the Press, please email your request to email@example.com including a scanned copy of your national or international press card, letter of employment and your national passport. If you do not have a press card, or are a freelancer, please forward a letter from your employer which clearly states your role at the company or news agency and two recent articles or items showing your name as the author or producer. Media registration is strictly reserved for members of the Media: print, photo, radio, television, film, news agencies, and online Media who represent a bona fide organization. No double accreditation is allowed (e.g., as media and delegate, or as press and non-governmental organization).
PLEASE NOTE: due to high numbers of press who have registered, Media representatives of companies and organisations will NOT be given Media accreditation but will be registered as participants. You will still be able to access the Press Area at WUF. For any queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A WUF7 provisional list of participants will be issued at the beginning of the event. In the registration process, participants will be requested to accept or reject to be included in that list. Specific authorization is needed due to privacy international policies. The data to be published will be: First name, Middle name, Last name, Country and Organization. No other information will be published.
UN-Habitat does not issue individual invitation letters to World Urban Forum participants. The only document you will receive from UN-Habitat is the acknowledgement email confirming the successful online registration.
A valid passport and visa are required to enter Colombia. You may contact your nearest embassy or consulate for information on how to obtain a visa. There you may also verify whether you will require a visa to attend WUF7. Information on visa and permits is available on Colombia’s national Travel Website, and on the Ministry of External Affairs website.
Where a visa is required, participants are strongly advised to apply as early as possible. For more information about visas
Attendance at the Forum itself is free of charge and participants are expected to cover the cost of their travel, accommodation and all other expenses related to their stay in Medellín.
No, it is expected that every participants covers their cost of travel. You can visit the WUF7 Booking Center for discount flight codes.
No, every participant is responsible for their own booking of accommodation and pay for cost of accommodation. You can visit the WUF7 Booking Center to book hotels with WUF7 Primary Information Points.
Medellín is the capital city of Antioquia Department. It is the second largest city in Colombia and the first industrial center in the country. It is also home of many prominent universities. More information is available on Medellín’s officail travel website, www.medellin.travel/en and on the Government of Colombia’s official travel website: www.colombia.travel/en/
The official language of Colombia is Spanish.
The official currency of Colombia is the Colombia Peso (COP). The exchange rate fluctuates; at present it is approximately $1.884 pesos per US dollar. Exchange facilities and ATMs are available at airport terminal, local banks and shopping malls; some hotels also provide currency exchange services.
Colombia is UTC/GMT -5.
Yellow fever vaccine is required for visitors to the national parks along the Atlantic coast. No other vaccines are legally mandated. Medical services in the city (private clinics and hospitals) are available. Visitors are advised that some clinics request a down payment prior to providing medical assistance, even in emergency situations. Visitors should take medical precautions and advice should be sought before travel.
Medellín’s Jose Maria Córdoba International Airport is located in the nearby city of Rionegro (approximately 45 to 60 minutes away from the WUF7 venue). International non-stop flights are available from Caracas, Quito, Lima, Curacao, Panama, San Jose, San Salvador, Mexico City, Miami, New York and Madrid.
In collaboration with the Municipality of Medellín, WUF7 is pleased to provide WUF7 Participants with the online Booking Center to facilitate planning your travel to Medellín. Registered participants will receive a discount code on flight reservations.
Thanks to the support from the City of Medellín, all registered WUF7 Participants will receive a complimentary Tarjeta Civica, with unlimited use on the Medellin Metro during the World Urban Forum, from April 5-11. For more information about Medellín’s transformative metro system, visit their website.
Selected hotels will serve as primary pick up and drop off points for transportation to the WUF7 venue.
All participants should ensure that they have adequate medical insurance prior to arrival in Medellin.
All meeting rooms and general areas in the WUF7 venue (<<LINK pagina WUF7 venue) will have free WiFi access for all participants.
There are no calls for presentation of papers at the World Urban Forum.
Each event is organized through one or several partner organizations which identify their own speakers.
The World Urban Forum does not facilitate the sale of private products, publications, etc.
Usually the host country would need to be approached directly. More information on this will be made available here.
Feel free to contact the WUF Secretariat on questions regarding the Forum preparations at email@example.com.