The World Urban Forum (WUF) is the premier global conference on sustainable
WUF11 will be held in the Polish city of Katowice from 26-30 June 2022.
This will be the first time that the WUF,
convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat),
will take place in Eastern Europe.
The WUF was established in 2001 by the United Nations to examine one of the most
pressing issues facing the world today:
rapid urbanisation and its impact on
communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies.
The first WUF was held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2002 and has been held
around the world ever since.
Representatives of national, regional and local governments, academics,
business people, community leaders,
urban planners will be among the thousands of people are expected to attend
WUF11 which is co-organized by Poland’s Ministry of Development Funds
and Regional Policy and the Municipal Office of Katowice.
UN-Habitat and Poland invite all to join WUF11 preparations
Maimunah Mohd Sharif
Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements
“I am looking forward to working closely with Poland and the city of Katowice, to host the
Eleventh Session of the WUF.
WUF11 is an opportunity for Poland to demonstrate to the world community its own commitment
to achieving a sustainable urban future.
Katowice is a wonderful example of urban regeneration, and I hope we can build on these
examples and leadership to share a wide range of global experience in 2022,
creating inclusive, prosperous cities with opportunities for all.”
Secretary of State, Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy — The Government Plenipotentiary for the organisation of the World Urban Forum in Katowice in 2022
“The organisation of the WUF is one of the top priorities of the Ministry of Development
Funds and Regional Policy which is,
among others, in charge of the National Urban Policy,”
The theme of WUF11, Transforming our Cities for a Better Urban Future,
will provide greater insights and clarity on the future of cities based on existing trends, challenges and opportunities, as well as suggest ways cities can be better prepared to address future pandemics and a wide range of other shocks.
The long-term prospects point to a world that will continue to urbanize over the next
from 56% of the world’s population living in cities today,
to 60% by 2030. Urban areas are the engines which will absorb virtually all the future
the world’s population.
Every region is expected to become more urbanized in the next ten years. Clearly, this
that the future of humanity is undeniably urban,
and we must plan our cities well to ensure sustainability, equity and shared prosperity.
This raises some key questions about the future of cities: what kind of cities are
support the future of humanity?
How do we envisage and reimagine the future of cities? What do we want our cities to
The coronavirus pandemic is a stark reminder that urban areas need to be prepared for a
and unpredictable future.
COVID-19 clearly exposed the existing challenges that cities face, and their
But each region and each country saw differences in these challenges and these
The future of cities is “plural”, and we must consider these differences as potential
unpack regional differences, learn together, and adapt urban models accordingly.
The theme of WUF11 will focus on these questions, providing us with the opportunity to
course-correct, and become more knowledgeable about the different possibilities that the
of cities offers.
Katowice is prepared to host the WUF11 with a state-of-the-art congress centre,
well-developed hotel facilities and transport network to welcome all the participants in
Katowice is a city of over 2 million people in the south of Poland.
It is one of the biggest business centres in the country with several renowned academic,
medical and cultural institutions.
One of the city’s landmarks is the Spodek arena,
which hosted many international music and sport stars,
and looks like a flying saucer
Katowice hosted the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in 2018
Katowice will host the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in December 2021
Mayor of Katowice, Poland
Hosting WUF 11 underlines the importance of Katowice as the site of visible and significant socio-economic transformation and as a welcoming host of all events. This is a great honour for Poland and a vote of confidence from our partners in the United Nations.
The registration will be open soon
By accessing this site, certain information about the User, such as Internet protocol (IP) addresses,
navigation through the Site, the software used and the time spent, along with other similar information,
will be stored on our servers.
These will not specifically identify the User.
The information will be used internally only for web site traffic analysis.
If the User provides unique identifying information, such as name, address and other information on forms stored on this Site,
such information will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be published for general access.
UN-Habitat, however, assumes no responsibility for the security of this information.