World Urban Forum 11

Join us at the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Katowice, Poland for a discussion with UrbanShift partners and stakeholders on accelerating the shift to nature-positive, climate-proof development.

date & time
29 Jun 2022, 2:30PM CEST
hosted by
United Nations Environment Programme

Katowice, Poland, the venue for WUF11 / Wikimedia Commons

The World Urban Forum (WUF) is the premier global conference on sustainable urbanization, convened every two years by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). This year, WUF11 takes place in Katowice, Poland from June 26 - 30. Join us virtually on Wednesday, June 29 for UrbanShift's session at the WUF, Accelerating the Shift to Nature-Positive and Climate-Proof Urban Futures. 

The session will showcase UrbanShift's ongoing efforts to promote climate adaptive urban development in participating cities, highlighting examples of local leadership in building an equitable, nature-positive urban future. We'll hear from UrbanShift's funder, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and our partners at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)World Resources Institute (WRI), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA). We'll also hear from UrbanShift stakeholders in India, Costa Rica and Morocco about their progress toward the SDGs and initiatives to deliver sustainable, resilient urban action at both the local and national levels.

How to join

To join the UrbanShift session on Wednesday, June 29, please register on the Mobile App or Web App


  • Sharon Gil, Programme Officer, UNEP (moderator)
  • Rogier van den Berg, Acting Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
  • Aloke Barnwal, Senior Climate Change Specialist, GEF
  • Modesto Alpízar, Mayor, City of Alajuelita, Costa Rica
  • Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar, Chair, Urban Resilience, Global Resilience Cities Network, National Institute of Urban Affairs, India 
  • Nourdine Brine, Regional Director of the Environment, Region of Marrakech Safi
  • Priscilla Negreiros, Project Manager, CCFLA
  • Sharon Dijksma, Mayor, City of Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Yunus Arikan, Director of Global Advocacy, ICLEI
  • Sonja Leighton-Kone, Acting Deputy Executive Director, UNEP