The city of Katowice in southern Poland will be the host of the 11th edition of the World Urban Forum, organised by the United Nations.
The decision was announced on Tuesday by the minister of investment and economic development Jerzy Kwieciński. He pointed out that among the reasons Katowice was chosen were its good communication infrastructure and achievements in revitalising the city.
The World Urban Forum is the world’s premier conference on urban issues. It was established in 2001 by the United Nations to discuss the impact of rapid urbanisation on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies.
Organised and convened by UN-Habitat, the Forum has become one of the most open gatherings on the international arena, attended by several thousand officials, entrepreneurs and the representatives of non-governmental organisations.
The first World Urban Forum, which is a biennial event, was held in 2002 in Nairobi. In 2020, Kuala Lumpur will be the host of its tenth edition.