Lagos – After intensive and extensive deliberations last week, world leaders from both public and private sectors concluded to expedite actions towards delivering sustainable cities and towns for coming generations.

Consequently, they have called on policy makers and governments across the globe to activate actions that would ensure that the world’s cities and towns are sustainable.

They spoke last week in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, during the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum.

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The event, which was the largest global gathering on the future of cities, opened penultimate Saturday and ended last week Thursday with thousands taking part in lively discussion, through different assemblies representing youth, women, grassroot communities, local and regional governments and business.

Indeed, the forum attracted over 13,000 attendees, that took part in more than 540 official events, focused on the theme ‘Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation,’ and called for united action to ensure a better future for cities and towns.

At the commencement of the six-day event, Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, the Executive Director, UN’s agency for urban affairs, UN-Habitat, urged participants in the five assemblies to focus on concrete outcomes.

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I know that we share a common vision of sustainable and safer cities. We know that urbanization is unstoppable», she said at the first event of the six-day meeting being held for the first time in the Arab region, in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi.


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Leah Namugerwa, a 15-year old climate activist from Uganda and founder of the youth climate action group Fridays for Future, who represented the Youth Assembly at the Joint Opening told participants they were good at planning but fell short on implementation.

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