Habitat has formally launched a call for expressions of interest from cities wishing to host the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF7).
The winning city to host WUF 7 in 2014 will be officially announced in Naples, during the Sixth Session of WUF. A press conference will be organized on Wednesday 5th September to announce the winner and the city selected will participate in the WUF6 Closing Ceremony on 6th September. The call for expression of interest runs from 10th July, and will close on 10th August 2012.
According to the application guidelines, all interested cities would be expected to answer a set of 10 of questions some of which include why they want to host the event; which of the cities in the bidding city's country has participated in WUF; what legacy the city would like WUF7 to leave the country, and the bidding city or the country's substantive contribution to the Habitat Agenda.
In addition to responding to the questions above, the expression of interest should briefly indicate a list of previous events hosted by the city, including United Nations meetings; a list of major events planned in the city for the years ahead; and information on adequacy of conference facilities and details of airports and other transport infrastructures; accommodation on offer.
"The hosting requirements for WUF7 will be a total contribution of 4 million dollars over two years (not including the cost of the venue that with its facilities that will be part of the host city/country contribution) as well as a letter with the confirmation of this financial commitment should be part of the bidding documentation," the guidelines state.
For detailed application procedure please click here