A total of 120 networking events have been planned around these main sessions, as well as 12 round tables, 20 workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions open for the public. ''We will be able to form a joint vision of future cities through the meetings and debates planned in Naples,'' said the president of the Campania Region, Stefano Caldoro. Caldoro underlined that in a time of international economic crisis ''it is necessary to develop clear ideas, feasible proposals that focus on social services.'' Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Staffan de Mistura also mentioned the crisis and said that ''the best decision would have been to cancel the World Urban Forum, because it is difficult to explained to people in Naples that 3.5 million euros will be spent to hold these meetings. But then the costs came down to 1.2 million, which are spent well and will bring five to seven thousand people to the city from across the world, so that should make it worthwhile. We must be realistic, the forum is only held because the budget has been cut drastically.'' The mayor of Naples, Luigi De Magistris, is proud that the Forum is held in the city. ''The Forum,'' he explained, ''is a great challenge for us. It makes Naples part of the debate on the future of urbanisation. We are highly interested in this topic, because Naples is on its way to become a sustainable city, putting people at the centre.'' The World Urban Forum will leave tangible evidence of the event in Naples, because the Forum finances an urban redevelopment project: a cultural centre will be set up in Piazza Mercato with art and crafts workshops for young people.
The project is an initiative of the Culture Councillorship of the Municipality of Naples. (ANSAmed).