World Urban Forum II
The World Urban Forum is a key event on the international calendar aimed at keeping us all abreast of the main challenges of the new Millennium – our planet's transition to an urban world where in the next 50 years it is projected that two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities, many of them in the world's burgeoning, poverty stricken slums.

Given this situation, the theme of the forum this year comes in the form of a question that national and local governments, and the public at large need to keep asking: Cities: Crossroads of cultures, inclusiveness and integration?

World Urban Forum II NEWS

Second World Forum closing plenary
Barcelona - 17/09/2004

The Second World Urban Forum in Barcelona closed on Friday with a clarion call from urban leaders on governments to give local authorities more support saying the challenge of urbanisation is greatest facing humanity in the new millennium.

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Best Practices City and Water Exhibit
Visitors to the 2004 Universal Forum of Cultures in the Spanish city of Barcelona will see some of the world’s latest developments in urban innovation at a dazzling exhibition of best practices and ideas from countries around the world.
Conference Report
Closing Address of the Executive Director at The World Urban Forum, Second Session
"It has been fantastic to meet people, make new contacts and network. I have attended some of the youth networking events and as a result we came up with a decision to always have youth representatives at conferences like this in the future. I also enjoyed the Norwegian Hip Hop performance and the Kenyan dinner last night." -
Thomas Olufson, International Association for Human Values
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