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The Seventeenth Annual Session of
Global Forum on Human Settlements

Sustainable Cities And Human Settlements
Awards Ceremony

(GFHS 2022)




Together for a shared safer and greener urban future:
resilient, carbon-neutral and nature-positive cities


Date: December 15-16, 2022

Format: Online Forum+ Live Streaming


As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, the world remains trapped in multiple emergencies, most notably climate change, nature loss, energy and food crisis, economic downturn, conflict and violence. It is becoming more arduous to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The latest report issued by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) reveals that “the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is far-reaching. At its current pace, Asia and the Pacific is now only expected to achieve the SDGs by 2065 – more than three and a half decades behind the original goalpost.”

On an urban planet, cities are always the main battleground to resolve the above-mentioned crises and achieve a sustainable and better future. Cities are where we can make the best use of its cutting-edge technology, vigorous economy, talent capability and good governance to accelerate green transition and innovation, and achieve the end goal of leaving no one behind and no life behind.

With the world facing the irreversible and accelerating climate change, moving fast towards carbon neutrality at the city level shall be one of the most urgent tasks to take on. Simply curbing carbon emissions is no longer enough to halt the impacts on our cities and communities. Climate change adaptation and mitigation are equally important. According to new analysis, nearly half of global cities do not have adaptation plans to protect people and critical infrastructure from climate crisis, especially in developing countries.

Today, the severe challenges of traditional security and non-traditional security are multiplying, which leaves us a daunting task to ensure urban security. There are still many hidden safety hazards in buildings and infrastructure systems. And they are becoming increasingly vulnerable with the increase of extreme weather events and natural disasters. In the coming decades, cities must make climate change adaptation and overall resilience building a major policy and smart investment to comprehensively improve systemic disaster prevention and mitigation capabilities, thereby building safe and future-proof cities and communities.  

The future of cities needs to be nature-positive, as cities need nature to thrive. Integrating nature into cities and living in harmony with nature not only improves people’s health and well-being, but helps tackle biodiversity loss and build climate resilience. Unarguably, improving the designing, building, financing and governance of nature-positive cities is one of the most cost-effective and efficient approaches to implement the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, to build a greener urban future for all and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2022 is both a year of hope to end COVID-19 pandemic and a critical year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the climate commitments globally. The 77th General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi calls on the international community to work together to develop solutions rooted in solidarity, sustainability and science to address the challenges facing mankind. It is against this important backdrop that the Seventeenth Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS 2022), one of the most important conferences worldwide focusing on sustainable cities and human settlements, will be taking place on December 15-16, 2022, with the theme being “Together for a shared safer and greener urban future: resilient, carbon-neutral and nature-positive cities”.

GFHS 2022 will be held in a virtual format. Senior officials from relevant national governments, the United Nations and other international organizations, green city mayors, business leaders, and well-known experts and scholars will be giving speeches and joining thematic discussions. Webcasting and simultaneous translation between Chinese and English will be available throughout the meeting to foster interactive dialogues with stakeholders across the globe. Under the new global context, GFHS 2022 will discuss how to harness the historical opportunities brought by carbon neutrality and digital economy, how to accelerate all-round green transformation and innovation and cope with multiple crises and challenges, and how to make dramatic breakthroughs in terms of enhancing urban resilience, inclusiveness, sustainability and productiveness, so as to make cities resilient, carbon-neutral and nature-positive and deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement, and the New Urban Agenda. GFHS 2022 is expected to produce the Declaration on Together for a Shared Safer and Greener Urban Future.


I. Duration: December 15-16, 2022

II. Institutional Framework

Co-organizers (tbc)

Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS)

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

In Collaboration With (tbc)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD)

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

United Nations Economic and Social Commission in Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)  

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

African Development Bank (AfDB) Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) 

UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI)   

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

International Ocean Institute (IOI)  World Ocean Council (WOC) 

International Science Council (ISC)  Global Building Performance Network (GBPN)

Habitat For Humanity International (HFHI)   

World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO)

(This list of organizations is in no particular order)

III. Objectives

1. To facilitate productive conversation and substantial action: GFHS 2022 aims to provide a valuable global platform for high-level dialogue with stakeholders on innovative approaches, technologies and successful experience on green and just recovery and transition.

2. To provide policy recommendations and technology guidance: GFHS 2022 seeks to offer policy guide and practical solutions to how healthy, resilient, nature-positive and carbon-neutral cities should be planned, designed, financed, developed, and governed, so as to enhance safety, resilience, inclusiveness and sustainability in diverse urban systems.

3. To create synergies between all parties and foster sustainability partnership: GFHS 2022 is designed to build synergies, strengthen the capacity building of local governments and stakeholders, enhance public awareness and participation, foster innovation, accelerate strong and substantial actions, and forge effective and long-lasting partnerships.

4. To recognize and promote best practices: GFHS 2022 will recommend a batch of exemplary and replicable best practices to inspire and influence more cities, companies, organizations and individuals to follow suit, thereby helping scale up sustainable development actions at the local level.

IV. Key Topics

1. Resilient cities and coastal areas: policies, technologies and practices

2. Transformative action and technology towards green energy transition and carbon neutrality

3.  Sustainable waste management for circular economy and zero-waste cities

4.  Scale up nature-based solutions towards a greener urban future

5.  Join International Green Model City Initiative and create carbon-neutral demonstration zones

6.  Harness the power of blue economy for resilient coastal cities

7.  Urban hydrology and integrated water resources management

8.  Healthy, smart and zero carbon buildings

9.  Boost financing for climate action and pollution abatement at the local level

10. Sustainable urban food systems for SDGs acceleration

11. People-friendly urban public space

V. Sustainable Cities And Human Settlements Awards Ceremony 2022

Global Forum on Human Settlements will present the “Sustainable Cities And Human Settlements Awards Ceremony 2022 (SCAHSA 2022)”, as one of the highlights of the Forum to recognize excellence in sustainable development practices and innovations and recommend winners’ innovative strategies, technologies and valuable experience. The awards include Global Green City, Global Smart City, Global Green Model Community (Building), Global Low-Carbon Ecological Scenic Spot, Global Human Settlements Award on Planning and Design, Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contribution Award, Global Model of Green Technology, Global Model of Green Economy, Global Model of Ecological Restoration and Protection, among others.

VI. Invited Participants

GFHS 2022 is projected to reach approximately a hundred thousand of interested persons, including dignitaries from numerous countries, senior officials from the United Nations and other international organizations, green city mayors and senior government representatives, business leaders, planners and designers, practitioners in environmental protection, building and construction, energy, public utility, transport and mobility, digital economy, tourism, finance, trade, well-known experts and scholars, universities, civil society organizations, women and children representatives, among others.

VII. Media

GFHS 2022 will be covered by 1000+ mainstream media worldwide.

VIII. Conference website

Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS):

IX. Register