On 21st July 2011, the Secretariat of GMF faxed the first invitation letter to the UN Under-Secretary-General Mr. Sha Zukang, marking the start of the invitation work for the GMF2011.
International Urban Development Association (INTA) officially joined the Global Mayors Forum Council in January 2013 and has become a full member of the second Global Mayors Forum Council.
Ms. Jin Lan, the Secretary-General of the GMF Council, was invited by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to participate in the "UN Climate Summit" on 23rd Sep 2014.
The theme of “Urban Equity in Development-Cities for Life”, more than 15,000decision-makers and stakeholders from cities from 164 UN member states participated in the Forum.
The Office of 2014 GMF organizing committee was relocated to Shekou. This office building is subordinate to the properties of GMF cooperative partner, China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone.
The Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC), an initiative of UN-HABITAT, is an open space for the exchange of critical information between professionals and decision makers on city research.
Ban Ki-moon pointed out that in 2015 the world's three main objectives are the Millennium Development Goals, the development agenda and reaching a legally binding global climate change agreement.
On April 22nd, 2008 the press conference of GMF was held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong.
In 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon initiated the World Urban Campaign with the slogan I'm a city changer. WUC places the city at the top of the development agenda.
IMCC, the permanent secretariat of the GMF Council, signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Tongshan District Government located in Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province.
On November 3rd, the 4th session of the World Urban Forum kicks off its opening ceremony, as the top Forum on urban development issues in the world.
On June 18th, 2008, the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the China International Friendship Cities Association agreed to become an endorsing organization for GMF.
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