About GPN

Vision, Goals and Objectives

Our Vision is to contribute to the creation and maintenance of inclusive, safe, healthy, and sustainable human settlements through a collaboration of the international planning profession.

Our Goals are to mobilize and share knowledge and learn from each other’s experiences, build the capacity of the planning community, and promote and provide international advocacy for planning.

Our Objectives are to develop and share a global planning knowledge base, further develop the world’s capacity for and understanding of planning, define the concepts of sustainability and sustainable human settlements, promote human equity and empowerment in planning, and engage new partners committed to the values of the Vancouver Declaration and the work of Global Planners Network (GPN).

GPN Structure and Operation

The GPN is intended to be a non-institutional body with limited administration. In this way it does not seek to replace or duplicate the roles and purpose of national planning associations or other representative associations, but rather to garner ideas and information to help shape consensus views and engage in activities that will leverage off this experience for the benefit of international planning awareness, learning, development, support, and standing up for planning.

On this basis, while the membership on occasion needs to make decisions principally of an operational nature, the bulk of its focus is on activities that will benefit current and potential participants.

Its activities center around the conduct of the Network, the existence of which is essentially virtual, although on occasion our members do have the opportunity to meet at various events around the world.

In order to coordinate its activities, the GPN convenes periodic teleconferences of interested members. The Steering Group comprises at a minimum those organisations undertaking key tasks for the GPN and at least one representative of smaller organizations. The hosting of the Steering Group rotates and is intended to encourage engagement with any member who shares an interest in its activities.

It is necessary on occasion for the Steering Group to discuss and make decisions as to how its activities are conducted, which is not only part of good governance but necessary if promotion of the aims of the GPN is to be advanced. The decision-making process is promoted in an open and inclusive forum, with consensus outcomes.

Those who share the vision, objectives and goals of the GPN are welcome to participate as members at no charge and in whatever capacity they are able to, in order to help advance the activities of the Network.

This membership is comprised of two types, the first of which are the recognized planning associations of nations that have signed up to the 2006 Vancouver Declaration and are committed to contributing time and effort to implementing the actions of the GPN. These are known as signatories.

The second are those organizations who have an interest in planning and do not represent the planning profession at a national level, but may still be able to make a contribution to achieving planning outcomes that are consistent with the objectives, goals and actions of the GPN. These are known as supporters. The Steering Group may consider requests from recognized international planning organisations to join at, or transfer to, signatory status.

GPN Activities and Support — A Common Voice for Planning

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. As a Network the GPN is able to:

  • articulate planning issues as they present themselves in different contexts in various parts of the world;
  • raise issues faced by national planning organizations to a global scale;
  • promote and champion shared values about “good” planning and deliver universal planning messages to national governments and international agencies;
  • operate a knowledge sharing platform and disseminate lessons and case studies
  • enable organizations within their own countries or regions, and in different circumstances, to have access to the ideas, experiences, and information of others to assist them in their advocacy for planning; and
  • focus strongly on communication strategies and methods to promote these activities.

Since its inception in 2006, the GPN has used its collective voice at a host of international forums, through material it has produced and major statements it has made at its biennial meetings, starting with the Vancouver Declaration to which most members are signatories.