Welcome joining the 14th Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS 2019)

05 09 2019
 Addis Ababa   05/09 - 06/09/2019

- 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. 

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.


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)

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.

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.

3. 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.

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Moderated by : Clément Gaillard

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