In the presence of agents of change and officials from cities that have already hosted the World Urban Forum
A delegation from the Department of Municipalities and Transport, led by Hamad Al Mutawa, Executive Director of the Planning and Infrastructure Sector, participated in the first meeting of cities that previously hosted the World Urban Forum held in Cairo
Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport participated in the first-of-its-kind meeting for the World Urban Forum Members Association in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, which brought together thought leaders and decision-makers from all cities that have previously hosted the World Urban Forum (WUF) will share the experience of the capital of the United Arab Emirates in hosting the tenth session of the World Urban Forum. The forum was organized by the Department of Municipalities and Transport under the slogan “Cities of Opportunities; Connecting Culture and Creativity”, two years ago in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The meeting was held in Cairo, organized by the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), to promote mutual learning and exchange of best practices between countries and previous host cities of the forum , as part of the preparation for the eleventh edition of the World Urban Forum, which will be held in Katowice, Poland, from June 26 to 30 this year, and the creation of a legacy that extends beyond the forum itself to realize the vision and aspirations of people around the world in the field of sustainable urban development.
The meeting is part of a partnership that was inaugurated during the tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi in February 2020, during which representatives of national and local governments assessed the achievements of the Forum in the respective cities since The first session of the World Urban Forum was held in Nairobi in 2002 and in Barcelona in 2004 And in Vancouver in 2006, in Nanjing in 2008 and in a number of other cities, until at its last session in Abu Dhabi in February 2020.
The delegation of the Department of Municipalities and Transport was led by His Excellency Hamad Al Mutawa, Executive Director of the Planning and Infrastructure Sector, with the participation of member cities during the meeting of the results of the tenth edition of the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, in addition to highlighting the long-term results of the forum and emphasizing that culture is integral to solving the challenges of urbanization and realizing the New Urban Agenda globally.
The actions and recommendations announced in Abu Dhabi during the previous session of the World Urban Forum demonstrated the commitment of a wide range of international organizations, national and regional governments, including the private sector, civil society, the academia and others, to support the achievement of sustainable development. development goals adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015.
His Excellency Hamad Al-Mutawa explained that Abu Dhabi reflects a pioneering model in applying new models of planning and change towards inclusiveness, sustainability and achieving prosperity and a decent life for communities .
Al-Mutawa added, “The outcomes of the World Urban Forum at its tenth session have enabled all participating countries around the world to take voluntary actions and commitments that have helped us to successfully face global events without precedent in 2020 and 2021, in addition to developing sustainable visions and plans for the years to come with the aim of giving the best possible to future generations.
The meeting, which lasted 3 days, witnessed a presentation by the Department of Municipalities and Transport of its experience in hosting WUF 10 to help the Polish city of Katowice in its planning to host the next edition of the World Urban Forum in June of this year.
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About the Ministry of Municipalities and Transportation:
The Department of Municipalities and Transport was established by Law No. 30 of 2019, and its priorities are to realize the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, who is inspired by the legacy and vision of the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, by embracing progress on a scientific basis and establishing strategic plans to pursue development in accordance with the needs of generations and current and future societies.
The department embodies the values of good governance, driven by the needs of the community it works for, and works with passion to achieve its goals. The department is focused on finding the most efficient ways to deliver basic municipal services, while adopting the highest international standards and modern technologies to ensure rapid response across the emirate’s three municipalities. Abu Dhabi and its commitment to continuously working and maintaining the highest standards for the benefit of all citizens and residents of the emirate.
As the entity responsible for supporting urban growth and development, infrastructure and the transport sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the department directs, regulates and monitors all activities in these sectors. He also works, based on his experience, to develop, oversee and manage work in the municipal sector to provide comprehensive services with the aim of strengthening Abu Dhabi’s position as one of the world’s best destinations to live. , work and tourism. The department also guarantees the highest standards of safety, security, sustainability and technological development for the emirate’s land, air and maritime transport networks, in accordance with the highest international standards and the legislation of the Arab Emirates. united, with the aim of enabling the location of the capital as a global hub linking the land, sea and air transport networks between East and West.
In its aspirations and objectives, the department is based on a clear foundation of innovation and building sustainable smart cities, and improving the capacity of cities and communities to change and adapt, in order to maintain excellence in service delivery and ensuring the prosperity of future generations, enabling everyone who lives in Abu Dhabi to reach their full potential and participate in building the future.
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