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The World Urban Forum

The World Urban Forum (WUF) is a prestigious international conference, organized by UN-Habitat for urban growth and human settlements. This is the most important global event concerning municipal policies, transformation and development.

It is held every two years and hosts over 20 thousand participants representing governments, regions, cities, non-governmental organizations and financial institutions.

The upcoming tenth edition will take place in 2020, in Abu Zabii - the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The previous two meetings were convened in Kuala Lumpur in Malesia and in Quito, in Equador.

In November 2018 Katowice was selected as the Polish candidate for the host of the conference scheduled for the year 2022. On 20 May 2019 the UN-Habitat informed that Katowice would hold the status of the host of the eleventh edition.


Why Katowice?


Revitalization of the former coal mining area enabled the establishment of the Culture Zone – a unique space on the national scale. The new headquarters of the Silesian Museum, NOSPR (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra) and the International Congress Centre in the vicinity of the legendary "Saucer" bring prestige to the city, attracting both locals and tourists to its center.


Katowice is not only a city inhabited by approximately 300 thousand people but also the heart of Upper-Silesia and Zagłębie Metropolis, integrating 41 cities and municipalities, populated by more than 2 million people. The urban body created in July 2017 is an expression of joint commitment and concern for the welfare of the region, which offers a real opportunity for accelerated, dynamic development.


The region which is traditionally associated with coal mining and heavy industry gradually strives to become a leader in innovation and new technologies. These ambitions are reflected in the development of modern business sectors and sustainable investments.


Katowice, as the host of many international events, is perfectly prepared to host large conferences. The state-of-the-art congress centre, well-developed hotel facilities and transport network are the characteristics that make the capital of the conurbation the city of business tourism.


The city with extensive experience in levelling the effects of long-term environmental degradation. Thanks to the efforts made, the quality of air, the condition of the environment as well as the standard of inhabitants’ life are clearly improving.


Three international airports (KTW and KRK, OSR), two motorways, national and regional roads, modern rail and public transportation make up an extensive transport network that provides the possibility to easily reach the city from almost every part of the country and the world.

About Katowice

About Katowice
Katowice is a fairly young, only slightly more than 155-year-old city in the South of Poland. It is one of the most developed business centres in the country, with a significant share of industrial activity. It is the capital of the Silesian Voivodship, and from 1st July 2017 – the largest city of the Upper Silesia and Zagłębie Metropolis, inhabited by over 2 million people. It is home to renowned academic, medical and cultural institutions. The hallmark of Katowice is the "Saucer" sports and entertainment arena with its shape resembling a UFO, which has hosted many international music stars, and more.


Katowice used to be the leader in the amount of coal mined in its coal mines, but today it shines in rankings of exceptional cultural and business events. A wide range of hotel facilities, state-of-the-art conference halls and the perfect access by various means of transport are a magnet attracting the organizers, who find the centre of the agglomeration to provide the best venue.
The festivals and cyclical events organised in Katowice include also supra-regional and international projects. Music lovers, theatre fans and enthusiasts of unusual experiences every year visit the capital of the agglomeration to learn about current trends, listen to world stars and feel the unique atmosphere. The Silesian Jazz Festival, the Rawa Blues Festival, the Off Festival or the Tauron Nowa Muzyka have become a permanent fixture in the calendar of important music events, and the A PART International Theatre Festival, the International Summer Theatre Garden and the Festival of Directing Art are significant events in the theatre community.

WUF11 friendly

WUF11 Participant,
Welcome to Katowice!
Meet our WUF11 Friendly Program:
Especially for you, we have prepared a list of recommended places in our city, where you can eat well, do interesting shopping and have fun. From the list below, select the places that interest you, remember to take the ID and enjoy! Places chosen by us will serve you in English and prepare a special offer for WUF11 guests.
Check our hospitality!

WUF11 friendly