World Urban Forum

The PFVT brings together the activities of the French delegation at international events in order to strengthen the consideration of urban and territorial issues in the international agenda. Since its creation, the PFVT has organized the presence of the French delegation at the various World Urban Forums. The World Urban Forum has been held since 2002 at the initiative of UN-Habitat and is considered the main international conference on urban development. The 8th edition of the World Urban Forum was replaced by the Habitat III Conference, which was held in Quito (Ecuador) in 2016.

The World Urban Forum (WUF) has been organized since 2001 by the United Nations with the aim of highlighting one of the most pressing issues of our day: rapid urban expansion and its impacts on communities. , cities, economies, politics and on climate change. Having first taken place in 2002 in Nairobi, Kenya, it has been held every two years since, around the world. This forum initiated by UN-Habitat is the main international conference on urban development involving all urban stakeholders: public, private, civil society, researchers, etc. so that they can exchange their experiences in an organized manner, with the aim of defining major common directions.

In this sense, the French Partnership for the City and Territories (PFVT) brings together the activities of the French delegation internationally, in order to strengthen the consideration of French urban and territorial issues in the international agenda, as for the World Urban Forum in particular. This platform for exchange and promotion of the expertise of French actors includes more than 200 organizations, including States and public establishments, local authorities and associations of elected officials, urban development federations and professionals, the private sector, civil society organizations, or even universities and research and training organizations.

PFVT workshops

These French contributions are organized every two years in the form of working groups. Several major themes are established so that French experts can meet to discuss. Divided into three workshop periods, each group will successively have several objectives:

1. The first workshop consists of deciphering the shared issues and challenges to take stock of the situation, bringing together the vulnerabilities, interdependencies and obstacles encountered, based on prospective scenarios and the recommendations of previous work.

2. This diagnosis then allows us to imagine a possible and desirable future by 2050 through the creation of trajectories. They will highlight the controversies and constraints to be put on the agenda to get out of business as usual.

3. The third workshop aims to set the strategic meetings not to be missed between now and 2050 and to define the priority actions to be implemented at each scale. These operational recommendations, levers and short, medium and long term solutions make it possible to define the means of action to be used and the key actors to be contacted to achieve the objectives while respecting planetary limits.

These three workshops result for each theme in the creation of a deliverable, a summary booklet of orientations and recommendations, illustrated with examples of concrete projects in France or abroad, and available in French and English. To learn more, click this link.

Ateliers 2019-2020

In 2019-2020, the actors of the partnership participate in 10 working groups in order to develop contributions and common positions in the perspective of the World Urban Forum 10 in Abu Dhabi. These different workshops are led by members and hosted by the PFVT.The...

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Webinars: Crossed perspectives Africa – France

In 2020, the Fnau published the work “Towards sustainable African cities” with Éditions Gallimard Alternatives. On July 9, 2020, a webinar presenting the work and discussion is organized with the authors as well as with the main partners, the French Development Agency...

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9th World Urban Forum, Kuala Lumpur, February 2018

Organized by UN-Habitat since 2002, the World Urban Forum is the main international conference on urban development. The FUM is a multi-actor event, a place of exchange of experiences of all urban actors: public, private, civil society, researchers and academics, etc....

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10th World Urban Forum, Abu Dhabi, February 2020

Organized by UN-Habitat, the 10th World Urban Forum was held from 8 to 13 February 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on the theme "Cities of Opportunity: Connecting Culture and Innovation." The PFVT organized the French presence on the French Pavilion....

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