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A conference titled "Sustainable City Finance" was hosted by the Urban Age Institute and the New York Academy of Sciences on 7 January 2010 in New York City. The day-long programme featured discussion and debate among more than 120 innovators in financing sustainability, greening city infrastructure, and urban economic development.
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The World Bank’s Sustainable Development Network (SDN) held its annual Forum in Washington, DC 19-21 January 2010. The overall theme of this year’s forum was ”Act Now, Act Together, Act Differently: Going Forward on Climate Action”.
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The Cities Alliance will participate in the Fifth World Urban Forum to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Together with partners, the Cities Alliance will organise discussions at networking events around issues such as slum upgrading, access to land, local governance, city indicators and city management.

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At the fifth session of the Africities summit held in Marrakech, Morocco in December 2009, the Cities Alliance was awarded a prize in recognition of its on-going support to local governments, particularly those in Africa. The award was presented under “Tools and Methods of Support to Local Governments”.
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At the opening of the of the seventh annual Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights on 21 January 2010, the Vice President of Sustainable Development for the World Bank Kathy Sierra delivered the keynote address “Empowering Hope: Cities, Slums and Human Rights”.
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