Cities already house half of the world’s population and are expected to add an additional 75 million people each year. The rapid growth of cities, especially in the developing world, presents enormous opportunities and challenges to ensure that growth is equitable and sustainable.

The upcoming World Urban Forum (WUF7), organized by UN-HABITAT, will address the ways cities can become more sustainable and livable for all residents.

On Thursday, April 3 at 1 p.m. EST, experts from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and its EMBARQ sustainable transport and urban development initiative will host a press teleconference on what to expect at WUF7. With equitable development the theme of this year’s conference, our experts will explain how urban design is a fundamental part of equity because poor and underprivileged people are disproportionately impacted by bad planning choices. We will also highlight case studies from Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, and answer questions about the conference themes.


Press teleconference on the World Urban Forum (WUF7)


Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute
Dario Hidalgo, Director of Research and Practice, EMBARQ
Robin King, Director of Urban Development and Accessibility, EMBARQ
Adriana Lobo, Director, EMBARQ Mexico


Thursday April 3, 2014 1:00pm EST


Media must RSVP to Daniel Melling ( or Ryan Schleeter ( to receive the international call-in information.

Questions? Contact Daniel at +1 (202) 729-7769