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The 15th Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements & Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards Ceremony (GFHS 2020)
From Thursday 15 October 2020
To Friday 16 October 2020
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1. Introduction

COVID-19 that is continuing to cause human tragedy, social upheaval and economic turmoil across the globe can be considered as a once-in-a-century ecological security crisis that creates an urgent need for an in-depth reflection on the relationship between human beings and nature.But striking a balance between the two will not be possible unless the root causes - rampant destruction of nature, increasing resources depletion, sprawling cities and human settlements, unabated greenhouse gases emissions, unsustainable consumption and production patterns – are rapidly halted. 

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres emphasized in the latest UN Policy Brief: COVID-19 in an Urban World: “Now is the time to rethink and reshape the urban world. Now is the moment to adapt to the reality of this and future pandemics. Now is our chance to recover better, by building more resilient, inclusive and sustainable cities.

The international community therefore must heed to the unprecedented wake-up call that COVID-19 has offered to take decisive action to halt destruction of nature and tackle the imminent threats that undermine the health of ecosystems and disrupt the global climate, through combining the post-pandemic recovery of people’s well-being and an aggressive transformation towards sustainability. Thus we shall be able to achieve our vision of a healthy planet upon which all life depends to survive and thrive.

2. Institutional Framework


Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS)

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

International Science Council (ISC)

In Collaboration With  

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

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD)

United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)

World Urban Campaign (WUC)

UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI)

Global One Belt One Road Association (GOBA)

Global Blockchain Alliance (GBA)

Quality of Life and Environment Foundation (QLEF)

China Research Society of Urban Development (CRSUD)

International Ocean Institute (IOI)

World Ocean Council (WOC)

Universal Peace Federation (UPF)

World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO)

3. Objectives

  1. Draw lessons and acceleratetransformation in recovery: the forum will call on the global community to draw lessons from the current pandemic crisis to make the much-needed transformation which is essential to eradicate poverty, protect the planet, and ensure health and prosperity for all.
  2. Promote biodiversity conservation: the forum aims to provide a valuable global platform for high-level dialogue and sharing of innovative approaches, strategies, technologies and successful local experiences, to promotethe conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity, advocate nature-based solutions and resource recovery, facilitate harmony between built environment and nature, and guarantee ecological security.
  3. Strengthen urban safety and resilience: the forum seeks to offer practical solutions to how cities should be planned, designed, financed, developed, governed and managed so as tosupport a stronger and greener recovery,building up cities’ adaptive capacity against all shocks and stresses, and enhance safety, resilience and sustainability in diverse urban systems. 
  4. Foster partnership towards SDGs: the forum is designed to strengthen capacity building, cultivate new type partnerships, foster urban innovation, accelerate effective actions, and to drive progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and a better future.

 4. Content

The online forum will include an opening address, keynote speech, high-level dialogue, thematic sessions, recommendations and summaries. Simultaneous interpretation between English and Chinese will be provided throughout the online conference. 

5. Scope and Key Issues

  1. Preserving and sustainably managing biodiversity and guaranteeing ecological security
  2. Integrated climate, hydrology and environment services for sustainable cities
  3. Building urban resilience to climate change
  4. Financing for resilient urbaninfrastructure
  5. Smart,sustainable cities and communities
  6. International Green Model City Initiative: Inclusive, Resilient,and Smart Cities
  7. Strategies for fighting epidemics: adaptable buildings and resilientcities
  8. Post-crisis healthy and anti-fragile cities
  9. Blue economyand healthy ocean
  10. Blockchain technology and smart urban governance
  11. Energy-efficient and sustainable housing
  12. Pursing a resilient, inclusive, gender-equal and green economic recovery


Watch live: The opening, keynote, high-level dialogue, thematic forum A, Sustainable Cities And Human Settlements Awards Ceremony 2020:

Watch live: Thematic forum B, Summary and Recommendation:


Location Online Forum + Live Streaming