Next City, a nonprofit news organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities around the world, announces the launch of our “Urban Planet” newsletter, which will kick off Saturday, February 8 with daily coverage of World Urban Forum 10 (WUF 10) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Our special correspondent Gregory Scruggs will be in Abu Dhabi to cover WUF 10, taking place February 8 through 13, 2020. Scruggs will report on climate change, migration, affordable housing and other sustainability issues and solutions that are elevated at this worldwide convening of urbanist professionals from the public, private, nonprofit and academic sectors.
To stay on top of the essential conversations and innovative solutions presented at WUF, sign up for Urban Planet, our global sustainability newsletter. Each newsletter will showcase one or two of Scruggs’s stories. The newsletter will be delivered straight to your inbox daily during the conference, from February 8 through 14, and then once per week after that, until March 9.
About WUF: WUF 10 is organized by UN-Habitat as the foremost international conference on urban issues of sustainability. Participation will be both inclusive (countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe will be represented) and high-level (more than 50 mayors and governors are confirmed to attend).
The theme of WUF 10 is “Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation.” Only ten years remain to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the target date of 2030. This year launches the Decade of Action, which calls for accelerating sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. WUF10 will be the first major UN event of the decade. Our Urban Planet newsletter will spotlight the innovative ideas and urban visionaries driving this change.
About Gregory: Gregory Scruggs is a Seattle-based independent journalist who writes about solutions for cities. He has covered major international forums on urbanization, climate change, and sustainable development where he has interviewed dozens of mayors and high-ranking officials in order to tell powerful stories about humanity’s urban future. He has reported at street level from more than two dozen countries on solutions to hot-button issues facing cities, from housing to transportation to civic engagement to social equity. In 2017, he won a United Nations Correspondents Association award for his coverage of global urbanization and the UN’s Habitat III summit on the future of cities. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
About Next City: Next City’s journalism is grounded in the vision of a world in which cities are not in crisis, and are instead leading the way toward a more sustainable, equitable future. We provide daily online coverage of the leaders, policies and innovations driving progress in metropolitan regions across the world, and we produce impactful events including Vanguard, an annual leadership conference for rising urbanists.