– WUF11 With new ideas, the new approach can serve as a positive impetus that encourages necessary actions in areas such as: adaptation to climate change, implementation of a circular economy, easy access to green spaces for all, priority treatment of pedestrians, bicycles and public transport – emphasized the Government Commissioner of the World Urban Forum 11.
As she emphasized, the post-pandemic reality prompted officials, city experts, local government representatives and academia to gather as part of the coordination team to prepare for the eleventh session of the World City Forum, to develop an Action Plan for Cities – Achievements from WUF11.
The plan consists of 4 components:
- City Zwarte (built-in)which emphasizes the importance of multifunctional areas, proposes measures to prevent uncontrolled urban encroachment, a 15-minute city concept and revitalizes degraded areas;
- green cityWhere green spaces, air pollution, mobility prioritize pedestrians, and low-emissions mode of transport;
- An accessible and inclusive city: This component deals with housing issues, the inclusion of residents in democratic processes related to where they live, issues of representation of women in the city council, and finally friendly, healthy and high-quality public spaces accessible to all residents;
- smart cityIn line with the saying that connectivity does not mean being smart, the importance of data collection and management is promoted as practical tools for cities to plan their policies according to the real conditions in their city; The smart component is also looking for ways to engage people in the processes that drive cities.
As part of the Urban Policy Conference, a V4+4 Ministerial Committee was organized on cooperation within WUF11 and the legacy of WUF11. Ministers Responsible for Urban Affairs in V4+4: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Romania discussed why it is worth participating in the World Urban Forum and how they will participate in the work of the programme. They also talked about including cities in Poland’s proposed Cities Action Plan, which would shape the legacy of the Eleventh World Urban Forum. In addition, there was a symbolic handover of the presidency of the Visegrad group to Hungary.
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In the segment devoted to climate issues and the involvement of cities in the NAZCA (Non-State Climate Action Network), Minister Jarosińska-Jedynak emphasized the prevention of energy poverty. Poland plans to double the pace of building renovations. We plan to achieve the assumed goals by adding capital to the Modernization and Renovation Fund for Multifamily Buildings and the Clean Air Program for Single Family Buildings.