ISOCARP @ World Urban Forum 10

From 8 to 13 February, the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The WUF was established in 2001 by the United Nations to address one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. Convened by UN-Habitat, the Forum is a high level, open and inclusive platform for addressing the challenges of sustainable urbanisation.

ISOCARP and ISOCARP Institute actively participated by co-hosting two Networking Events, presenting our Society and projects together with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) at the exhibition (Hall 7, Booth 5), and speaking on behalf of the Society at various events. Further, we invited our members, partners and supporters to join us for our social event.

Additional to the public events, ISOCARP and ISOCARP Institute representatives attended several partner meetings and workshops, such as the Planners for Climate Action (P4CA) and National Urban Policy Programme (NUPP) members’ meeting, as well as the Global State of Metropolis Experts Group Meeting, which contributes to the preparation of the Global State of Metropolis Report.


WUF10 membership discounts until 29 February 2020

We have special membership discount on the occasion of the World Urban Forum for everyone who joins ISOCARP before or on the 29 February 2020.

Individual Membership
If you are signing up for a 3-year individual membership, you get another 6 months membership for free. For a 5-year individual membership, a full year! Simply mention WUF10 in the comment field on the last page and we will adapt your membership length accordingly.

Institutional Membership
For every institutional membership type (silver, gold, platinum), you get a 10% discount on the annual fee. To make use of this discount, mention WUF10 in the description field.

Find out more about our membership and join here:


Our events at the WUF10


SIDE EVENT (Board Member Milena Ivkovic spoke on behalf of ISOCARP)
Sunday, 9 February 2020, 12:30-1:30 PM
Planners for Climate Action: Nature-Based and Decarbonizing Solutions in Heritage contexts
Hall 3, Room 17


SIDE EVENT (Secretary General Frank D’hondt spoke on behalf of ISOCARP)
Sunday, 9 February 2020, 12:30-1:30 PM
Domesticating the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning in Africa: Lessons and Best Practices
Hall 3, Room 11


NETWORKING EVENT (organised by MTPA, ISOCARP and UN-Habitat’s MetroHUB)
Sunday, 9 February 2020, 2-4 PM
Beyond the Metropolis – Inspiring and innovative initiatives to strengthen territorial management of worldwide metropolises and large-city regions
Hall 3, Room 13


Sunday, 9 February 2020, 4:30-5:30 PM
Mobility for carbon-friendly Cities


  • Pascal Smet, Secretary of State of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Urbanism and Heritage, European and International Relations, Foreign Trade and Fire fighting and Emergency medical Assistance
  • Eleri Jones, Foresight and Urban Policy, Space Syntax
  • Annemie Wyckmans, Norwegian University of Science of Technology (NTNU)
  • Joachim Bergerhoff, Team Leader SMMR Project, implemented by GFA on behalf of GIZ


NETWORKING EVENT (President Martin Dubbeling spoke on behalf of ISOCARP)
Monday, 10 February 2020, 2-4 PM
Heritage & Culture-led development – A new paradigm towards Sustainable Architecture
Hall 3, Room 11



ISOCARP EVENT (social event for members, partners and supporters)
Monday, 10 February 2020, 8:00-10:00 PM
Social Event of the International Society of City and Regional Planners

Made possible with the generous support of:


NETWORKING EVENT (Didier Vancutsem spoke on behalf of ISOCARP Institute)
Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 2-4 PM
Social and cultural innovation for sustainable cities: a myth or reality?
Hall 3, Room 18


NETWORKING EVENT (Milena Ivković spoke on behalf of ISOCARP)
Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 2-4 PM
Towards child-friendly public spaces in Sharjah, UAE
Hall 3, Room 19


Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 10:30-11:30 AM
Project and Activities of ISOCARP Institute
Hall 7, Booth 5


NETWORKING EVENT (Didier Vancutsem spoke on behalf of ISOCARP Institute)
Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 4:30-6:30 PM
Innovative Partnerships to Drive Effective National Urban Policies for Sustainable Urbanization
Hall 3, Room 12


Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon
Urban Planning and Heritage Preservation – Regeneration
Location TBC


NETWORKING EVENT (organised by ISOCARP and Planning Aid Scotland)
Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 2-4 PM
Global Planning Aid – A new partnership approach to “Sustainable Cities and Communities”: Empowering poor and marginalised people to make better places
Hall 2, Room 5


ROUNDTABLE PROFESSIONALS (moderated by Didier Vancutsem, ISOCARP Institute)
Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 4:30-7 PM
Professionals Roundtable
Keynotes and Table Cafes
Hall 4, Room D


If you will be in Abu Dhabi during the WUF, please let us know by filling the form below and we will update you on all our activities and organise various meetings between members and partners. Do you want to connect, schedule a meeting or invite ISOCARP to join other events? Please reach out to us via and we will get in touch with you.

Space Syntax @ WUF10

We are happy to announce that Space Syntax will sponsor our Social Event during the World Urban Forum. They will participate in some activities of ISOCARP and actively contribute and speak at other sessions. On Saturday, 8 February, Space Syntax will participate at the Business Assembly. On Monday, 10 February, Tim Stonor will join the Book…

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Beyond the Metropolis | 9 Feb 2020, 2-4 PM

Organised by the Metropolitan and Territorial Planning Agencies global network (MTPA), ISOCARP and UN-Habitat’s MetroHUB, the event will provide presentations from high-level institutions and large city-regions in charge of urban development and culture with their approaches on the innovative tools for planning, governing and financing large city-regions.

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Global Planning Aid | 12 Feb 2020, 2-4 PM

During the 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi (8-13 February 2020), this Networking Event will be a call to action from the International Society for City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and Planning Aid Scotland (PAS). We urge others to join us to explore practical ways to connect know-how and need.

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Coronavirus outbreak – Roles & Responsibilities of Planning

At the brink of the WUF10, ISOCARP expresses its solidarity with the residents of Wuhan and surrounding cities in China. These are currently in a ‘lock-down’ to contain and overcome the outbreak of a coronavirus, declared by the WHO as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. We stand by our colleagues and invite our members and partners to join us in the discussion on how planners can contribute to mitigate, adapt, and overcome.

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