ABU DHABI / WORLD URBAN FORUM CLOSING

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The Tenth World Urban Forum, which attracted over 13,000 attendees taking part in more than 540 official events, has drawn to a close with a call for united action to ensure a better future for cities and towns. UN-HABITAT

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STORY: ABU DHABI / WORLD URBAN FORUM CLOSING
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DATELINE: 13 FEBRUARY 2020, ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

SHOTLIST:

1.Various shots, high level delegates arrive at the closing ceremony of WUF10 The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum, in ADNEC, Abu Dhabi.
2.Wide shot, audience watching at WUF10 closing ceremony.
3.Various shots, emirate dancers.
4.Wide shot, audience watching at WUF10 closing ceremony.
5.Wide shot, Emirate dancers on stage.
6.Wide shot, audience shot.
7.Wide shot, Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed on stage and screens.
8.Various shots, audience in the ceremony
9.Various shots, live sand artist, Shayma Al Mughairy, drawing the ten sessions of WUF.
10.Various shots, audience watching.
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Malgorzata Jarosinska-Jedynak, Minister of Development Funds & Regional Policy, Poland:
“After a long journey, from Nairobi to Abu Dhabi, the eleventh edition will take place in Poland. In the city of Katowice. It’s my great pleasure, together with Mayor Krupa, to invite you to our country.”
12.Various shots, ceremonially closing the Forum by placing hands on tablets, symbolizing the hand over to Katowice.
13.Med shot, audience watch.
14.Wide shot, Maimunah Mohd Sharif on stage and screens.
15.Various shots, audience watch.
16.SOUNDBITE (English) Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director:
“The best way we can pass it on to our future generations is by doubling our efforts and commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals.”
17. Various shots, audience
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director:
“WUF10 has given us some good ideas on how we can achieve the SDGs. At WUF10, through some 400 thought provoking sessions, some key ideas have emerged.”
19.Various shots, Delegates on the red carpet at the UN flag lowering ceremony.”
20. Various shots, UN flag is lowered at the World Urban Forum to symbolize the end of the event.

STORYLINE:

The Tenth World Urban Forum, which attracted over 13,000 attendees taking part in more than 540 official events, has drawn to a close with a call for united action to ensure a better future for cities and towns.

The UN-Habitat Executive Director, Ms Maimunah Mohd Sharif, told the Closing Ceremony that during six-day meeting, delegates from all walks of life had insisted on the importance of a common goal of leaving a legacy of a better world for future generations.

Speaking at the closing event, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director said, “WUF10 has given us some good ideas on how we can achieve the SDGs. At WUF10, through some 400 thought provoking sessions, some key ideas have emerged.”

The UN-Habitat Assembly President and Undersecretary of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of Mexico, Ms. Martha Delgado, who co-chaired the Advisory Group which put together the final WUF10 Declaration, called the Abu Dhabi Declared Actions, said they had listened to participants thoughts, wishes and aspirations.

The Abu Dhabi Declared Actions, which was read out, includes commitments from international organizations, national, local and regional governments, the private sector, civil society, academia and others for the next two years and beyond to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by world leaders in 2015.

The UN-Habitat Executive Director said at all of the Sustainable Development Goals came together in ‘urban’ goal SDG 11 aimed at achieving inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Sharif said, “through the Abu Dhabi Declared Actions, we now have the what, how and when components as well.”

The Executive Director of Strategic Affairs at Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipalities and Transport and General Coordinator of WUF10, H.E. Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, said their job with UN-Habitat was “not to only masterplan our cities we want to masterpiece our cities and that’s a big difference.”

Other speakers at the Closing Ceremony included the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Mukhisa Kituyi, who talked about the importance of bringing all sectors together to think afresh on overcoming challenges and the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Preparations for the Seventy-Fifth United Nations Anniversary, Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond, who said it was inspirational to see the mixture of idealism, practical reflection, lessons learnt and suggestions for action.

In a video message the President of the UN General Assembly, Tiijani Muhammad-Bande, referred to the WUF10 theme of the Cities of Opportunities: Linking Culture and Innovation saying “We must take urgent action to utilise culture and innovation as an accelerator of SDG implementation if we are to create a better world for all.”

The UN-Habitat Executive Director announced that the next World Urban Forum (WUF) in 2022 would be held in Katowice, Poland – the first time WUF has been held in Central Eastern Europe.

The Minister of Development Funds and Regional Policy of the Republic of Poland Malgorzata Jarosinska-Jedynak said they wanted to show the urban transformation that has taken place in Central Eastern Europe in the last 30 years.

“In Katowice we want to talk about just transformation, about changes that leave no one behind,” she said inviting all the delegates to participate in WUF11, which she said would be a “historic event”.
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