UN-HABITAT Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, and Brazil’s Permanent Representative, Mrs. Ana Maria Sampaio, signed a Conference Agreement to facilitate the organization of the Fifth Session of the World Urban Forum to be held in Rio de Janeiro from 22-26 March 2010.
The Agreement signed in Nairobi lays the foundation for a successful World Urban Forum which is expected to attract around 15,000 participants. The Fifth Session of this premier conference on cities focuses on The Right to the City: Bridging the Urban Divide and will culminate in a global debate on the future of cities. It will feature a wide range of events, from thematic Dialogues, open debates, networking events, to roundtables among peers, training events and a major exhibition. It will be preceded by Youth and Gender Assemblies from 19-20 March 2010 and e-debates guided by leading experts on the themes of the Forum.
During the signing ceremony, Mrs. Sampaio and Mrs. Tibaijuka exchanged ideas about the Forum in Rio de Janeiro, a city gearing up to also host two premier sporting events, the 2014 World Cup Football and the 2016 summer Olympic Games.
The Agreement will strengthen overall cooperation between Brazil and UN-HABITAT.