Side events remain an important aspect of the World Urban Forum and provide a platform for governments, partners, civil society organizations, private sector, community representatives, international and national organizations, academia, international and regional finance Institutions, and other United Nations entities to showcase or present their latest innovations or best practices.
The topic is usually related to the overall theme of the Forum. It could also have a relationship with the Post 2015 Development Agenda or Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in 2016. A Side event is only held by application and would include book launches, receptions, a short representation, signing of an agreement, etc.
Submission of online application for Side events took place between 7 August 2013 - 30 October 2013. Applications received within the deadline have been vetted by a selection panel and event organizers are being informed on the results.