World Urban Congress - Kazan, Russia 2019


“On behalf of the World Urban Parks and Republic of Tatarstan, we are delighted to invite you to this year’s World Congress in Kazan, Tatarstan from the 17-20th of October 2019.  The Congress Committee has prepared an exciting and diverse programme of lectures and technical visits. We hope you will be able to participate in this very special event and we look forward to welcoming you there."

Natalia Fishman
Aide to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan

Kevin J. Halpenny
Chair, World Urban Parks Europe Committee

Initial Program

World Urban Parks is proud to announce the next World Urban Parks World Congress will be in Kazan, Russia from the 17th  to 20th of October 2019 including

  • Thursday 17th October Delegates  participate in Technical Visits to Parks in Moscow
  • Thursday 17th October (evening) Delegates  fly to Kazan
  • Friday 18th October - Plenary Sessions in Kazan Expo
  • Saturday 19th October - Plenary Sessions in Kazan Expo
  • Sunday 20th Technical Visits to parks in Kazan (Conclusion of Congress)

Kazan in Detail

After a successful Melbourne, Australia World Urban Parks Partner Congress, we are excited to keep the international urban parks momentum going in Kazan.
Kazan is a Russian city and the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. Geographically, Kazan is a crossroads for major trade routes, uniting Europe and Asia. It's a junction of civilizations and a meeting point for two cultures — East and West.

Urban policy is focused on organizing large-scale events. Each event generates fresh thinking and builds on existing expertise whilst also ensuring a valuable legacy: from the regeneration of urban areas to the development of tourist infrastructure.

Kazan’s is identified as a growing, dynamic city with significant opportunities for improved liveability, Kazan has already been placed in the top 10 most sustainably developed cities in the Russian Federation.

Since 2016 the Institute for Urban Development of the Republic of Tatarstan has been implementing the Program for the Development of Public Spaces, as a part of which more than 300 parks, embankments, pedestrian streets, public gardens and squares in all municipal districts of the region were improved. Another 60 sites and programs are planned to be developed in 2018/2019.

Get to know parks of Kazan –  Time to take a Walk

The Institute for Urban Development of the Republic of Tatarstan drives the implementation of programs for redevelopment of public spaces, design and architectural supervision of facilities while implementing government programs for shaping a contemporary urban environment in the Republic of Tatarstan, implementation of cooperative design practices, arrangement of urban cultural events, education seminars, architectural awards and exhibitions.

World Urban Park Congress Theme

The principles of sustainable development are reflected in Kazan's long-term development strategies — from transport, housing and energy- saving technologies to the support of park, cultural and social programs.

The Key Themes to the upcoming Partner Congress:

Parks and Cities — Development for Sustainability and Health
• Development of public places for people
• Community leadership for liveable cities
• Sustainability and management for healthy cities
• Smart city technologies for urban environment and public spaces
• Designing cities for nature

Venue Location Announced

The recently opened International Exhibition Centre – The Kazan Expo will host the 2019 World Urban Parks Congress.

The Kazan Expo International Exhibition Centre features a competition zone, exhibition space, gallery, congress halls, multi-purpose halls, VIP zone, lounge zone, and a restaurant. Open areas and a hotel featuring 200 rooms will also be developed at the complex.  The exhibition centre’s proximity to the Kazan International Airport and the City.