Within a few years, the World Urban Forumhas become the first world conference on cities. The Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing problems facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and politics.
With half of humanity already living in cities, it is expected that in the next 50 years, two thirds of us will live in cities. Major challenges include reducing poverty in booming cities, improving access to basic services such as housing, water and sanitation for the urban poor, and harmonizing environment, sustainable urban growth and development.
The World Urban Forum is a biennial meeting of all city stakeholders and NGOs from all continents. It is a laboratory of sorts for cities related issues, a dialogue between continents.