Actions to achieve Sustainable Urban Development

Why actions matter in achieving the 2030 Agenda

We have less than eight years remaining to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2020, the United Nations Secretary-General called upon a Decade of Action to accelerate and mobilise solutions at local and global levels and fully engage partners, people and communities across all sectors to leverage transformative changes. Therefore, it is crucial to collect and monitor committed actions and advance the progress and achievement of the Agenda 2030.

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WUF 11 – The Katowice Declared Actions

The eleventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11) will take place in Katowice, Poland, from 26 to 30 June 2022 under the theme Transforming our Cities for a Better Urban Future.

The theme’s relevance is stark as the world comes together to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, especially after the devastating effects of Covid-19 and the refugee situation due to the crisis in Ukraine.

The WUF11 will conclude with the Katowice Declared Actions.

These include the recommendations and commitments that representatives of government, civil society and the private sector take back to their home cities for further discussion and implementation. WUF11 Katowice Declared Actions are voluntary actions and commitments that support the NUA implementation and accelerate the SDGs’ attainment.

More information on how to propose a declared action for WUF11 will be made available shortly.

The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) debated issues related to rapid urbanisation, building inclusive and resilient cities, and taking steps to accelerate their work towards the New Urban Agenda as an accelerator to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the Decade of Action. WUF10 began with a call to action and concluded with the Abu Dhabi Declared Actions committed by different partners and stakeholder groups.

The Abu Dhabi Declared Actions comprises actions committed on a voluntary basis by governments, partners, individuals, communities, and the business sector from cities and countries around the world to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The Actions were produced in consultation with the WUF10 Advisory Group representatives from diverse urban development partners. The Actions are strategic level goals that will result from implementing new initiatives from various institutions and actors.

For more information on the Declared Actions, please visit here.

The first report on the implementation of the Abu Dhabi Declared Actions: one year of implementation was published in 2021. The report details successes and highlights actions partners are engaging in to fulfil their commitments.

Actions At-a-Glance


An SDG-aligned Organisation for Resilient Citymaking

After World Urban Forum 10, we at Think City have re-organised around six key flagships that aim to scale our SDG impact across Malaysia. Our flagship...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Lineamientos hacia la Sustentabilidad Urbana

Mexico's federal environmental sector developed a reference framework to facilitate the adoption of an integrated approach in the planning and managem...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Programa de Vivienda Social (PVS), 2020

Achieve the right to adequate housing through 4 strategies: - Reduce the lack of proper housing for the most vulnerable population. - Expand the mec...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Estrategia Nacional de Ordenamiento Territorial (ENOT)

The National Strategy for Territorial Planning ENOT is a medium and long-term public policy that seeks to contribute to the reduction of social inequa...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Programa de Mejoramiento Urbano/Vertiente de Planeación Urbana, Metropolitana y Ordenamiento Territorial (PUMOT), 2020

Promote land and urban planning in the states, metropolitan areas, municipalities, and territorial districts....
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Programa de Mejoramiento Urbano/Vertiente de Mejoramiento Integral de Barrios, 2020

Improve the living conditions of low-income communities and neighborhoods with high rates of violence and marginalization, rehabilitating public space...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Commonwealth Sustainable Cities Initiative

Since WUF10, the Commonwealth Sustainable Cities Initiative has implemented two main actions. The first was an Online Programme on Sustainable Urbanis...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Sustainable Cities in Turkmenistan: Integrated Green Urban Development in Ashgabat and Awaza

The Sustainable Cities Project aims to: - improve opportunities and favourable conditions in Ashgabat and Avaza to identify, develop and implement ...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Disaster Response And Recovery Facility (DRRF) - Disaster Risk Management in Cox's Bazar Programme

The objective of the project is to reduce the seasonal weather and disaster vulnerability of at-risk Rohingya and Bangladeshi host communities in Cox’...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Metropolitan Development Program of Guatemala City - PRODEME

The project aims to improve the capacity to provide services of the Municipality of Guatemala through institutional strengthening and technological mo...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions