Planet Smart City will share insights with delegates at the World Urban Forum (WUF) on the use of new technologies, intelligent urban planning and social innovation programmes to tackle the global affordable housing deficit and enhance quality of life. The experience draws from Planet’s unique approach to real estate development, which has been applied in Brazil, Italy and India.

WUF, convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, will take place from 8th to 13th February in Abu Dhabi—the first time an Arab country has hosted the event.

Planet has been chosen to run a key network building event at the forum entitled: “Places that matter: how affordable neighbourhoods can be smart and innovative creating communities that improve the quality of life of residents.” The event will take place on Sunday 9th February from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in Hall 3, Room 15 of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre. Planet’s team will be available throughout the forum at stand H9 25.

The event will feature contributions from leading experts such as Mohamed El Sioufi, current professor at Monash University, who spent almost two decades with UN-Habitat advising on settlements policy around the world, Francesca De Filippi, Director of the Research Centre on Habitat in the Global South (CRD-PVS) at Politecnico di Torino, and Francesca Medda, director of University College London’s Institute of Finance and Technology, which specialises in sustainable investment and urban infrastructure financing. They will be joined by Manoj Sharma, Chief of Urban Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, at the Asian Development Bank and Amadou Oumarou, Director of Transport and Urban Development at the African Development Bank.

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