Katowice prepares for World Urban Forum

Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

Southern Poland's industrial capital Katowice is getting ready to host the 2022 World Urban Forum (WUF), one of the biggest UN conferences.

The biannual conference is usually attended by about 20 thousand delegates. The previous forum took place in Kuala Lumpur in 2018 and the next meeting is scheduled for 2020 in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

To date, Katowice city officials and representatives of Poland's Investment and Development Ministry have met twice to discuss preparations for the event.

Katowice was announced as the host of the 2022 WUF on May 21 by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) Maimunah Mohd Sharif. On July 23, Investment and Development Minister Jerzy Kwiecinski announced that the government's commissioner for the conference will be Deputy Minister Grzegorz Puda.

Hosted by UN-HABITAT, the World Urban Forum takes place every 2 years and focuses on urban policy and urban development. It is attended by government, regional, NGO and banking segment officials.