AFD at the 7th World Urban Forum in Medellín
5 - 11 April 2014


Since 2002, and every two years, UN-Habitat has been organizing the World Urban Forum (WUF)  with the aim of addressing the challenges of rapid global urbanization. The Forum is the main international conference on the topics of the city and urbanization. It gathered some 10,000 participants in Rio de Janeiro in 2010 and subsequently in Naples in 2012.

The 7th World Urban Forum (WUF), organized in April 2014 in the Colombian city of Medellín, provides an opportunity to feed into reflection on contemporary urbanization. It will also prepare the ground for the United Nations “Habitat III” conference in 2016 and will redefine the international urban agenda for the next 20 years.

The choice of the emblematic city of Medellín gives this edition a very strong tone. By selecting a positively militant theme – "Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life", the event is taking a resolutely innovative approach by placing societal issues at the center of debates on urban sustainability.

AFD’s participation in the WUF 2014 demonstrates its commitment to contributing to reflection and guidance for sustainable urban development on a global scale. This approach fits in with the action of French cooperation in support of strengthening local authorities, territorial urban planning and the fight against climate change.


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