The 14th Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS 2019)
Sustainable Development of Cities and Human Settlements in the Digital Era
Thursday, September 5, 2019 to Friday, September 6, 2019
United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa

GFHS 2019 aims to provide a valuable platform for high-level dialogue among participating stakeholders from around the world especially from Africa region to look for leapfrogging opportunities that digital revolution is bringing for sustainable cities and human settlements, and to share innovative policies, strategies, technologies and examples on sustainable cities and human settlements.

It also commits to strengthen advocacy, capacity building, foster new partnerships, boost urban innovation, accelerate effective actions, and support various parts of Africa and beyond, to develop inclusive green sustainable economy, to promote pragmatic cooperation in the context of the “Belt and Road Initiative” and to drive progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 11 and the New Urban Agenda.

Furthermore, GFHS 2019 will provide inputs to the World Urban Campaign activities and through it substantively contribute to the outcomes of World Urban Forum 2020 in Abu Dhabi in February 2020. More



Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS)

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

World Urban Campaign (WUC)


The main topics to be addressed:

  1. Smart sustainable cities and communities
  2. WUC: connecting global sustainability agendas and private sector local actions
  3. Digital technology, innovation, and sustainability in Africa
  4. Smart planning and design & sustainable human settlements
  5. Financing for sustainable urban infrastructure
  6. Renewable energy, climate actions and urban resilience
  7. International Green Model City Initiative – urban innovation and green economy
  8. Blockchain technology and smart city governance
  9. Prefabricated, smart and green building
  10. Family values and happiness in cities


Registration: http://gfhsforum.mikecrm.com/96FxnTX



Ms. Fancy Li, International Affairs Department, Global Forum on Human Settlements

Email: fancy.li@gfhsforum.org; christine.he@gfhsforum.org



Addis Ababa Declaration



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