Welcome to the Global Planners Network
Planners and their organizations throughout the world provide leadership in addressing many societal issues. Often, challenges and successes cross geographic, national, and institutional borders. Best practices are often shared. Requests for assistance, too, occur through personal or institutional networks.

American Planning Association (APA)
The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, advance the art and science of planning to meet the needs of people and society. APA represents 38,000 practicing planners, officials, and citizens involved with urban and rural planning issues.
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Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)
The Canadian Institute of Planners has been dedicated to the advancement of responsible planning throughout Canada since 1919. Working on behalf of planners and the planning profession, CIP serves as the national voice of Canada's planning community. More than half of the CIP's 6,000 members are government employees, mainly working for municipal/local planning offices. 
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Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP)
The Commonwealth Association of Planners is concerned with the planning and management of settlements and regions across the Commonwealth. Professional organizations of urban and regional planners across the Commonwealth are members.
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Planning Institute Australia (PIA)
The Planning Institute of Australia was founded in 1951 and is the only national organization representing qualified urban and regional planners and other related disciplines in Australia.
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Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
The RTPI exists to advance the science and art of town planning for the benefit of the public. Town planning involves much more than planning towns, and is often referred to simply as "planning." Many planners, in both the public and private sectors, work within the planning system laid down by Parliament.
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GPN Purposes, Processes and Activities
The GPN is committed to Joining Voices … Joining Forces … Taking Action. The GPN is a plurality of voices with diverse and relevant experience to advocate for effective planning.

Read the full GPN Purposes, Processes, and Activities


Future Events

APA National Planning Conference
18-21 April 2015
Seattle, Washington, USA



Naples Declaration 2012

This Naples Declaration declares the aims of the Global Planners Network (GPN) at the UN Habitat's 6th World Urban Forum (WUF6) in Naples in September 2012. It builds on the Vancouver Declaration that was declared at WUF3 in 2006 and it sets out GPN's continuing commitment to action: "Joining Voices ... Joining Forces ... Taking Action".

Read about GPN at the World Urban Forum


Knowledge Exchange

GPN: Who We Are

Global Planners Network Exchange (GPNX)

UN-HABITAT's World Urban Campaign

CommunityPlanning.net


Contact Us

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Global Planners Network Updates

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is hosting the PIA National Congress 2015. Planners should check out PIA's Evolution, as they seek to ensure the profession remains relevant and responsive in a rapidly-changing world. The latest news for PIA members is online, along with online learning, and information about how to join if you have qualifications earned outside Australia.

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has released Promoting Healthy Cities, the thirdin a series of five 'big picture' papers (branded 'Planning Horizons') published by the RTPI. It is global in scope but contains messages that will resonate with policy-makers at every level of governance. The first paper in the series, Thinking Spatially, was published on 4 June and can be downloaded here. The second paper in the series, Future-Proofing Society, was published on 24 June and can be downloaded here.

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) has issued a call for proposals for "Thrive 2015" the CIP Annual conference. Finalists are announced in October for the Great Places in Canada program. CIP maintains a list of what's new, as well as a Resource Library, the CIP news feed and a list of Topics in planning. In other news, CIP has endorsed Marni Cappe for President of the Commonwealth Association of Planners.

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) has asked "What Makes a Great Planner?" PIA is creating a National Benchmark Framework that will be used to set membership eligibility criteria within a newly-aligned membership structure; guide professional development programs; and set a University Accreditation Policy.

Celebrate World Town Planning Day (WTPD) by joining the WTPD online conference, you can register or find out more at http://www.planningtheworld.net/. They are on Facebook. This year's theme is "Equality in the City: Making Cities Socially Cohesive".

Global Planners Network Resources

Newsletters
GPN Newsletter September 2013 GPN Newsletter September 2013
GPN Newsletter March 2013 GPN Newsletter December 2012
GPN Newsletter June 2012 GPN Newsletter December 2011
GPN Newsletter June 2011 GPN Newsletter March 2011
GPN Newsletter December 2010 GPN Newsletter October 2010
GPN Newsletter August 2010 GPN Newsletter June 2010


Montréal Communiqué – Global Planners Network Congress

Montréal, Canada, 2 - 5 October 2010
The Global Planners Network's third Global Planning Congress in Montreal has brought together planning organizations from around the world to consider the challenges presented by climate change. This communiqué complements the Canadian Institute of Planners Declaration, arising out of its 2010 Montreal Conference, under the theme of 'Climate Change and Communities: A Call to Action.'


GPN Congress Communique
The Global Planners Network Congress, held October 31-November 2, 2008, in Zhenjiang, China, highlighted critical planning issues of urbanization, poverty, and climate change and hazards. The Congress immediately preceded the United Nations World Urban Forum 4 in Nanjing, and this communique was one of the outcomes of the Congress. Also, read the Memorandum from the Closing Plenary of the Congress.

World Planners Congress: Vancouver Declaration 2006
"We, representatives of the planning profession of the world, dedicate ourselves to working together, and with others, to tackle the challenges of rapid urbanization, the urbanization of poverty and the hazards posed by climate change and natural disasters."
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GPN Congress Papers
Several individual and joint papers were submitted and discussed at breakout sessions during the GPN Congress. All of the papers centered on the three themes of the Congress: poverty, urbanization, and climate change and hazards. Here are some of those papers:

GPN Research
GPN has launched a tool designed to help planners around the world assess their capacity to respond to the challenges of urban growth. The Self-Diagnostic Tool to Assess Planning Capacity has been developed by the UK's Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and Commonwealth Association of Planners. The outcomes of this project will be presented later this year to the UN Habitat World Urban Forum 4 in Nanjing, and the Global Planners Network Congress in Zhenjiang.
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Reinventing Planning: A New Governance Paradigm for Managing Human Settlements
This paper outlines key principles of a new paradigm for managing human settlements that we call New Urban Planning. The purpose of the paper is to provoke and focus debate during the lead-up to the World Planning Congress and the World Urban Forum III in June 2006. The paper reflects the outcome of a series of discussions amongst planners with experience from different countries.
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世界规划师议会 温哥华宣言2006


Habitat Professionals Forum
The Habitat Professionals Forum (HPF) was established in 1999 under the auspices of UN-HABITAT as an inter-disciplinary partnership of Human Settlement Professionals and UN HABITAT. HPF promotes the delivery of sustainable urbanisation and equitable human settlements development. It consists of international associations of human settlements professions which are democratic, nonprofit, non-political and non-governmental. Documents from their recent meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, in April 2011 are linked below.
[Global Planners Network Presentation (pdf)]
[HPF/GPN Statement (pdf)]
[HPF Charter Approved April 2011 (pdf)]