OECD work on Cities

OECD events at 11th World Urban Forum (WUF)


26 - 30 June 2022 Katowice

The World Urban Forum (WUF) was established in 2001 by the United Nations to address one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. Convened by UN-Habitat, the Forum is a high level, open and inclusive platform for addressing the challenges of sustainable urbanisation.

The 11th World Urban Forum will take place in Katowice, Poland from the 26-30 June 2022. The theme of WUF11, Transforming our Cities for a Better Urban Future, will provide greater insights and clarity on the future of cities based on existing trends, challenges and opportunities, as well as suggest ways cities can be better prepared to address future pandemics and a wide range of other shocks. WUF11 thematic areas are:

  • Equitable urban futures
  • Greener urban futures
  • Innovation and technology
  • Building urban resilience
  • Urban planning and governance
  • Future urban economy and finance

The OECD contributes to this important event through a series of side events, publications, and by taking part in a number of workshops, seminars and other events throughout the conference.

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Saturday 25 June

Time Venue  Event
09:00 - 10:00 Silesian Museum Plenary Session at the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) Annual Summit 2022

Sunday 26 June

17:00 - 19:00 Novohotel Katowice Centrum

National Urban Policy (NUP) Workshop

Celebration Event of the Pilot Phase of the National Urban Policy Programme and Launch of the next phase

Monday 27 June

13:30 - 15:00

ICC Hall Room 16

Implementation of National Urban Policy (NUP) with smart city strategies

13:30 - 15:00

ICC Hall Room 13

Renewal of Urban Planning for a Better Urban Future

15:00 - 16:00 Urban Library Room

Launch of the OECD report Urban-Rural Linkages in Poland

Read the report

16:00 - 17:30 ICC Hall Room 4

Shocks and the City: Adapting Urban Policies to Uncertainty 

Hybrid event 

Discover the Implementation Toolkit of the OECD Principles on Urban Policy

Explore the OECD Toolkit for a Territorial Approach to the SDGs

16:00 - 18:00 Special Session Room 2

Special Session on Urban Data and Circular Economy

Hybrid event 

Tuesday 28 June

09:00 - 10:00 ICC Hall Room 9

Consultation of a new strategic project to promote a holistic, cross-sectoral approach to urban health among national- and city-level decision-makers 

12:30 - 14:00 ICC Hall Room 7 Localising the NDCs in cities and regions
12:30 - 14:00 ICC Hall Room 19 Financing Urban Climate Adaptation
12:30 – 14:00  ICC Hall Room 9

Towards achieving the SDGs and realizing the NUA through the Spatial planning platform - Transforming the Path to Resilient Infrastructure for Sustainable Urban Development

12:30 – 14:00  Voice from Cities Room B

Megacities' solutions facing climate change

13:00 - 14:00 Urban Library

The Economic Power of Africa's Cities

16:30 - 18:00 ICC Hall Room 2

Priorities under pressure: How cities can be inclusive, resilient and green in response to a refugee crisis

Hybrid event

16:30 - 17:45 German Pavillion

Digital4LivableCities: Digital solutions for the common good

Wednesday 29 June

12:30 - 14:00 ICC Hall Room 6

Unleashing the Potential of Intermediary Cities for Climate Action

12:30 - 14:00 Voices From Cities Room B

Collaborative Governance & Innovation Ecosystems: Best Practices from the 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge Network 

13:00 - 14:00 Urban Library Room

Have you heard of 'BiodiverCities by 2030?' Two recent publications speak to citizens and governments about why nature needs to be at the forefront of urban life

13:15 - 14:15 German Pavillion

Leveraging Land Value Capture to Achieve Climate Goals in Cities 

14:30 - 16:00 ICC Hall Room 19

Multidimensional sustainability assessment of cities and regions in Europe

14:30 - 16:00 ICC Hall Room 5

Geospatial data for real-time city statistics and better policy

14:30 - 16:00 ICC Hall Room 19


Multidimensional Sustainability Assessment of Cities and Regions in Europe


16:30 - 18:00 ICC Hall Room 10

Leveraging land value capture for equitable cities: Local experiences, global trends

16:30 - 18:00 ICC Hall Room 1

Multi-level action for equitable and sustainable cities

17:00 - 18:00 Urban Library Room

Addressing Environmental Challenges and Rapid Urbanisation by Enabling Green, Circular Transitions


Thursday 30 June

08:00 - 09:00 TBC National Urban Policy Programme Partners' meeting
14:00 - 15:30 ICC Hall Room 18

Novel data for a better urban future – ensuring data continuity with the Global Human Settlement Layer






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