- Observance of Urban October 2019 -
The 14th Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS 2019)
Date: September 5th 6th, 2019
Venue: The United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa (UNCC-AA)
Theme: Sustainable Development of Cities and Human Settlements in the Digital Era
       The 14th Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS 2019) is being planned to be held on September 5th - 6th, 2019 in the United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa (UNCC-AA). As one of the most important global congresses on the urban agenda, sustainable cities and human settlements, as well as an observance of Urban October, GFHS 2019 will focus on the theme, Sustainable Development of Cities and Human Settlements in the Digital Era, and will be supporting campaigns on smart city and the use of digital technology for inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities.
       The digital revolution, led by information technology characterized by mobile internet, big data, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and blockchain technology, is on the rise. While promoting economic and social transformation, information technology and the digital economy have also triggered comprehensive and profound changes for urban development and human settlements, which is reshaping our cities and communities. More......
      Join more than 500 key decision makers from both public and private sectors to provide your valuable insights, share innovative solutions, and contribute to the deliberations and outcomes of the forum, thus enhancing practical cooperation and strengthening partnerships. Furthermore, please submit or nominate sustainable development practices and innovations for the 14th Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards Competition.

       For more details please contact the secretariat of GFHS: christine.he@gfhsforum.org; sabrina.he@gfhsforum.org.

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Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS)
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
World Urban Campaign (WUC)

in cooperation with
Universal Peace Federation (UPF)
Global One Belt One Road Association (GOBA)
Global Blockchain Alliance (GBA)
World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO)
China Research Society of Urban Development (CRSUD)

 The United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa (UNCC-AA)
Provisional Agenda at a glance
September 5, Thursday
September 6, Friday

Associated activities

1. Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards 2019

       The Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards Ceremony 2019 (SCAHSA 2019) will be held in an appropriately befitting way to recognize excellence in sustainable development practices and innovations. SCAHSA is a worldwide prize annually awarded by Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS). It is focused on promoting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development especially SDG 11. The SCAHSA has been successfully held on thirteen previous occasions with award winners belonging to all regions of the world, and has created a high-level interactive platform for insiders to share and spread knowledge and experience, exerting significant demonstration effects.

        The application is open all year round to cities, towns, scenic spots, communities, green smart technology and planning and design projects. Both organizational entities and individuals, including children, are eligible to apply.

Awarders and awardees, Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards Ceremony 2018
2. Closed-door consultation
      The closed-door consultation will be organized under the auspices of GFHS to provide an opportunity for substantial discussion on practical cooperation. The meeting is by invitation only, and will be attended by mayors, investors, developers and leaders from private sector. It is aimed at facilitating project cooperation among cities, international organizations and the private sector.
 The closed-door consultation at the 10th Global Forum on Human Settlements, New York, 2015
3. Exhibition
      Small-scale exhibition will be held at the conference venue to showcase the initiatives, programs, technologies, and practices that promote sustainable urban development and contribute to the implementation of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. The form of exhibition includes booths, display panels and roll up banners. The exhibitors are mainly comprised of forum sponsors, organizers, and partners.
 Sustainability project display, GFHS 2014, Bogota, Colombia

  Schneider Electric demonstrating its smart city and smart grid projects, GFHS 2013, Berlin, Germany

  Exhibited eBike from Bosch, GFHS 2013, Berlin, Germany
4. Study visit
      The city tour and study visit will be arranged by GFHS. The main purpose is to combine the technical discussions at the forum with site visit to some innovative and sustainable projects and cases. More detailed information will be provided separately.

Targeted participants
     The Forum is planned to bring together more than 500 participants including senior officials from the United Nations and other international organizations, dignitaries and diplomatic envoys from relevant countries, government representatives and city mayors, local administrators, business leaders, investors and officers from financial institutes, recognized experts and scholars, NGO principals, practitioners from the field of planning and design, architecture, energy, transport, tourism, digital information technology, real estate development and environmental protection, as well as well-known women and children representatives.

 Group photo of participants at the opening session, GFHS 2018, October 30, UNCC, Bangkok

Briefing note of GFHS
      Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit international organization, legally chartered in the State of New York, USA. GFHS has been granted the Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC, and is an Associate Partner of the World Urban Campaign which is coordinated by UN-Habitat. GFHS is committed to sustainable cities and human settlements for all, and acts as a high-level world platform for dialogue on sustainable cities and human settlements. GFHS has successfully organized a number of events in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and others. The annual conference of Global Forum on Human Settlements has been productively held in China, the United States, Brazil, Germany, Colombia, Ecuador and Thailand for 13 consecutive years. More than 14,000 representatives from all sectors of society have attended the Forums, and the distinguished guests present include state leaders, UN senior officials, ministers, mayors, business leaders, heads of international organizations, well-known experts, principals of NGOs, among others.

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