The WUF7 will reaffirm the manner in which UN-Habitat and its partners contribute to guiding and enriching the policy work on equity and sustainable urbanization through an open dialogue. The Forum has the development objective to further advance the outcomes of the RIO+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development that proposed a blueprint to rethink economic growth while advancing social equity. The Forum will be a good opportunity to actively pursue the political and technical debates on a socially and ecologically equitable future initiated in Rio in June 2012.
The Forum will also set the stage to discuss the Post-2015 Development Agenda content with regards to the critical nexus of equity, inclusive growth and sustainable urban development. Key notions such as human rights, inequality and gender disparities will be debated as part of this new conceptual framework.
The WUF7 will feed into the global preparatory process of the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). It will be closely linked to, and guided by, the overarching principle of equitable growth and shared prosperity. This will represent an opportunity to integrate equity in the development discourse, ensuring that urbanization becomes a positive force for all present and future generations of the world‘s cities