The 11th edition of World Urban Forum (WUF) in 2022 will take place in Katowice, southern Poland, as the first city in Central Europe.
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The decision was announced by Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak, the Funds and Regional Policy Minister.
The Forum will be organised jointly by the Ministry and the authorities of the city of Katowice.
The decision about handing over the organisation to the Polish city was announced at the end of the 10th World Urban Forum, which was held in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
“Katowice is a unique Polish city, where industrial history and post-industrial architecture are combined with aspirations to be a cultural and business centre,” Ms Jarosińska-Jedynak said.
She added that the organisers want to “tell the history of Katowice to the world” and talk about the transformation the city has gone through over the last decades.
The World Urban Forum is the world's premier conference on urban policy, organised and convened by UN-Habitat, the United Nations agency for urbanisation and urban settlements. The event takes place every two years.