World Urban Forum in Katowice was a success

Warsaw, Poland, July 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The 11th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11) reached every corner of the world. A total of 17,000 people from 155 countries attended the event. The FUM11 was unique in many ways.

For the first time, the WUF was held in Central and Eastern Europe. For the first time in history, anyone who wanted to participate in the WUF was able to do so remotely. This form was chosen by more than 6,000 people and more than 10,000 came Katowice in person. In terms of attendance, WUF11 ranks 3rd in the history of all World Urban Forums.

The basic program of WUF11

Nearly 500 events were organized as part of the 11th session of the WUF, including special sessions, workshops and round tables. WUF11 participants discussed topics related to fair cities, building urban resilience and rebuilding cities after a crisis. More than a thousand applications for the events organized by the partners were received. This is a record in the history of the WUF.

The FUM in the city

After each day of discussions, Forum participants traveled to 11 urban areas as part of the “WUF on the City” initiative. There has never been such an initiative in the history of the WUF before. Open-air cinema, talks with experts or dance lessons – several thousand people took part in these and many other events under the banner “WUF in the City”.

Accessible MED

The organizers of WUF11 have made every effort to make the Forum accessible to everyone. Wheelchair ramps, induction loops, 40 Polish and international sign language interpreters – these are just some of the pro-accessibility measures of WUF11. WUF11 also featured a Disability Roundtable.

Urban EXPO

The Urban EXPO space has always been the biggest attraction of the World Urban Forums, and this was also the case during WUF11. 90 stands organized by 43 partners over 8,000 square meters allowed Forum participants to take a trip around the world.

“WUF11 was undoubtedly a success. We are delighted to have been able to add our Polish perspective to the discussion on the cities of the future. Fingers crossed for Egypt and Cairo – the organizers of the 12th session” – concluded Deputy Minister for Development Funds and Regional Policy Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak, who is also the government plenipotentiary for the organization of WUF11.

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SOURCE Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy

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