The 10th edition of the World Urban Forum looks at the linkages between culture, innovation and development at the local level.

Bringing together mayors, senior officials and experts alongside UN HABITAT, it will provide a space for key discussions about how to create safe, sustainable and resilient cities and communities. 

Libraries have an important role to play in this, both as guardians of heritage, and spaces where people and communities can interact and create bonds.

IFLA will be taking part in the following sessions:

Saturday 8 Feburary: World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments, as a Lead Respondent in the session on local and regional governments’ role in maximizing the relationship between tradition, culture, and sustainable urbanization.

Monday 10 February: UNESCO Cities Platform: Urban Solutions for Global Challenges, intervening on the topic of Media and Information Literate Cities.

Monday 10 February: #Culture2030Goal Networking event, discussing the incorporation of culture into SDG implementation.

Tuesday 11 Feburary: Culture Heritage Network Networking event, discussing defining new ways for collaboration between climate action and resilience efforts and the arts, culture and heritage sectors  to support  transformative climate action in cities and regions.

Contact IFLA’s representative at the World Urban Forum, and follow live on Twitter.

Find out more about the Forum, read our briefing about what the New Urban Agenda means for libraries, and read our flyer about what libraries contribute to the work of local govenrment.