WUF11 Closes With Calls for Urgent Urban Action

  • Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director

  • Martha Delgado, President of the United Nations Habitat Assembly at WUF11

  • Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development, Egypt, and Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director, sign the WUF12 agreement

After five days of debate and discussion, with 400 events featuring 700 speakers from government, civil society, communities, academia, and the private sector, the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11) in Katowice, Poland closed. New friendships and partnerships were formed, new agreements reached, and bold ideas formulated among the 17,003 people from 155 countries who attended WUF11.

The closing ceremony in the Spodek Arena concluded with the torch for WUF12 being officially passed to the Egyptian government, represented by General Mohammed Sharawy, Minister of Local Development, in a short signing.