Our regular presence in UN-Habitat's activities began at WUF7 in Medellin in April 2014, where we organized a networking event, titled “Equity and Equality Opportunities – Cities Think Underground”. On September 16, 2014, UN-Habitat and ACUUS signed an MOU to raise awareness of best practices of the sustainable uses of underground space for urban development, in particular for adequate urban drainage management, city planning, and sustainable mobility solutions, among decision-makers, local authorities as well as UN-Habitat staff. ACUUS was invited to organize an Urban Lab Session during the opening day of the Urban Thinkers Campus, in preparation of Habitat III, in Caserta, Italy, in October 2014. The Session was titled “Advanced Local Energy Planning and Underground Space Utilization: suitable and feasible solution for future sustainable and resilient cities”. On October 2015, our Secretary General participated in New York, as a Member of the Working Group 1 "The City We Need (TCWN) 2.0 Drafting Committee”, to the meeting of the WUC 13th steering committee. More recently, in February 2018, we hosted another Networking Event in the AFINUA Room at the World Urban Forum 9, in Kuala Lumpur, titled “Cities need underground – Equity and equality opportunities for the New Urban Agenda”.

This year, we will participate to a World Cities Days event in Shanghai where will sign a new MOU with UN-Habitat and will co-host the FUUS2019 Conference from October 27 to 29. Then, in november we will host a Urban Thinker Campus and co-host the EUUS2019 conference in Wuhan.



WCD 2019 ENG 2The general theme of World Cities Day is Better City, Better Life, while each year a different sub-theme is selected, to either promote successes of urbanization, or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization.

This year, the United Nations has selected the theme “Changing the world: innovations and better life for future generations” to discuss how urbanization can be used to achieve sustainable development. It aims to promote the international community’s interest in implementing the New Urban Agenda globally and in enhancing cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization in cities.

Under the joint promotion of UN-HABITAT, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the Shanghai Municipal Government, forums, exhibitions, theme activities and research training related to City Day are carried out in China and other countries. As a sponsoring city, Shanghai hosts various events related to World City Day every year. Among them, the Global Urban Forum, is one of the three major thematic activities in Shanghai.

The forum is scheduled to open on the morning of October 27 (Sunday) for three days. The total number of participants in the General Assembly is about 300. The main contents of the forum are the speeches of the organizers' leaders and invited representatives, related thematic activities (such as the signing of the cooperation memorandum between The Shanghai Municipal Construction and Construction Commission and the Singapore Livable City Center, and between UN-Habitat and the Associated research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS). 

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Global Urban Underground Space Development and Utilization Shanghai Summit (FUUS2019) 

October 28 and October 29, 2019


The Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design and Research Institute (Group) Co., Ltd., Architecture Magazine of Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China, The Associated Research Centers for Urban Underground Space and UN-Habitat will jointly launch “the Urban Underground Space 2018-2019 Action Plan”. As the second step of the plan, the Shanghai Summit on Global Urban Underground Space Development and Utilization will be held in Shanghai from October 28, 2019 to October 29, with the theme on:Future cities for “Belt & Road Initiative” and Urban Underground Space development and utilization (FUUS2019). It will promote the continuous in-depth research and exploration of developing and using urban underground space in order to promote the realization of strategic objectives of inclusiveness, security, resilience and sustainability of cities proposed by the United Nations in the New Urban Agenda in 2016, in order to create a pleasant living environment and habitat for our future generations.






14 Nov 2019 to 18 Nov 2019
Wuhan City , China

1. Title of the Campus: Collaborative Exploration and Sustainable Development of Underground Space: NUA, Drivers of Change and Geosciences

2. Lead Partner Organization: Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS),

 3. Other Partner Organizations:

IRSM-CAS – Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (http://english.whrsm.cas.cn/)
SKLGME – State Key Laboratory of Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (http://english.whrsm.cas.cn/rh/rd/200908/t20090829_34771.html)
Nanjing University (https://www.nju.edu.cn/EN/)
Shandong University (http://www.en.sdu.edu.cn/)
ACUUS Youth Group Asia
SinoProbe Center – China Deep Exploration Center (http://www.sinoprobe.org/index.aspx)
EUUS 2019: www.euus2019.com

4. UTC Date: Thursday, November 14th to Monday, November 18th, 2019

5. Location / Venue: Hongshan hotel, No1. Zhongbei Rd, Wuchang District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, 430071

6. Language: English

7. Description of the Campus: Convened by universities and research institutions and supported by Hubei Provincial Industry and Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance for Underground Space Development (hosted at IRSM-CAS), this UTC4.0 will help to enhance the public-private awareness of NUA and to advance underground space solutions for achieving UN’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 6, 9, 11, 15 and 17).

8. UTC Programme: The “Collaborative Exploration and Sustainable Development of Underground Space: NUA, Drivers of Change and Geosciences” UTC 4.0 will be organized in five days during November 14 – 18, as follows:

Day 1: Presentation of the New Urban Agenda and The City We Need (short course)

Day 2: International forum (EUUS) supported by 30 research institutions and enterprises and international experts (plenaries). Urban Thinkers Sessions will be organized with multidisciplinary presentations.

Day 3: International case studies of collaborative exploration projects for underground space and academic experience sharing with themed urban labs:
- High-resolution Investigation of Underground Space
- Intelligent Modeling and Big Data Mining of Underground Space
- Investigation of Underground Space Resources and Collaborative Planning
- Frontier Exploration and Special Underground Space Utilization

Day 4: International case studies of sustainable development projects for underground space and academic experience sharing with themed urban labs:
- Construction and Maintenance of Underground Space
- Underground Space Development and Urban Resilience
- Typical Cases and Exemplars of Underground Space Development

Day 5: Dialogue and roundtables for “ACUUS-GEO Wuhan Declaration 2019: Urban underground space in our future cities should be explored collaboratively for a sustainable development”

9. List of Speakers / Moderators: TBC

10. Contact: LI Xiaozhao & Jacques Besner

11. Weblink: https://www.euus2019.com/


IMG 20180208 WA0002A successful participation of ACUUS at the World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur

February 8, 2018

Our President, Dimitris Kaliampakos, along with Mark Wallace, Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 16th World Conference of ACUUS in Hong Kong,  Tony Ho, Secretary of the Organizing Committee of the Conference and Yingxin Zhou, Director ACUUS Asia, presented in the AFINUA room four conferences under the theme "Cities need underground - Equity and equality opportunities for the New Urban Agenda". That room was dedicated to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and how a political commitment, breaking the sectorial, constituency and geographical silos, looking for cross-cutting linkages, can trigger new issues with better partnerships, synergies and coordination.

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Following the presention, our delegation met some high representatives of UN-Habitat to talk about the renewal of our MOU with ACUUS.

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The Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space joins the World Urban Campaign

Published April 7, 2015

ACUUS is an international ‘Think Thank’ for the underground space definition and planning initiatives with a continuous goal of broadening the membership across continents and countries. To achieve this, ACUUS hosted last year in Medellin, a networking event at the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum, and signed a MOU of collaboration with UN-Habitat in September 2014, to promote the sustainable use of the underground space. Last October 2014, ACUUS participated to the Urban Thinkers Campus in Caserta, Italy, another initiative of UN-Habitat in preparation of Habitat III. 

As a result of those activities, the Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space now joins forces with the World Urban Campaign. The Campain seeks to facilitate collaboration and bring people together to create a better and sustainable urban future for all. If you are interested to help us in that campaign, please contact the Secretariat.

Ref.: http://www.worldurbancampaign.org/acuus-joins-the-world-urban-campaign/

Partners of the WUC: http://www.worldurbancampaign.org/partner/


A big step forward: Cooperation agreement between UN-HABITAT and ACUUS

Montreal, 24 September 2014

The date of September 16th 2014 is remarkable for our organization. A Memorandum of Underground was signed between The United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS), aiming to establish an official collaboration for raising awareness of the sustainable use of underground space for urban development. Since inauguration of ACUUS Secretariat in Montreal in 1996, our organization incorporated in Canada has maintained an international network of institution members and professional members located in 15 countries around the world. This agreement will allow ACUUS and UN-HABITAT to collaborate and work together to share and transfer the benefits, lessons learned, best practices, advantages and financing opportunities of underground sp

ace maintenance and development for its sustainable usage within a context of urban development, resilient cities and disaster risk deduction.

The ceremony was held in the UN-HABITAT New York office, with presence of ACUUS General Manager Mr. Jacques Besner, UN-HABITAT Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos, and ACUUS Secretary General Mrs. Sanja Zlantanic (From left to right in the photo below). Official announcement is published in UN-HABITAT’s front page, please refer to: http://unhabitat.org/cooperation-agreement-promotes-sustainable-use-of-underground-urban-space/.