Local and subnational governments agreed to prioritize nature-based solutions and the mainstreaming of nature at the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10). WUF10 took place in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 8 to 13 February 2020 with resounding success as over 13,000 participants from 169 countries and more than 30,000 cumulative attendees, took part across the week.
WUF10 brought together thinkers and doers working across the full spectrum of sustainable urbanization, and provided an excellent platform to increase the awareness on sustainable urban development and to upscale actions from a variety of stakeholders.
WUF10 began with a call to action and carried this call through to the Forum’s concluding the Abu Dhabi Declared Actions, which bring together voluntary actions and diverse commitments made at WUF10 by different partners and stakeholder groups in support of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Of particular importance are the commitments made by local and regional governments at the World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments convened by the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, which included the following commitment: “The constituency of Local and Regional Governments assumes a more prominent role for cities and local and regional governments in the discussions regarding the ecological transition, to localize climate action, prioritize nature-based solutions and traditional knowledge, and mainstream both nature and culture in sustainable urbanization.”