Key Resources from UN Habitat

  • International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning
    The guidlines serve as a source of inspiration and a compass for decision makers and urban professionals when reviewing urban and territorial planning systems.
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
    APA has promoted checking your local plans against these comprehensive goals and metrics. The metrics are key to making plan implementation measurable over time.
  • Habitat III — The New Urban Agenda
    Provides a great framework for showcasing the impact of planning on a wide range of human needs and opportunities. Also worth using to evaluate local and regional plans and policies.
  • World Cities Report 2022
    This report seeks to provide greater clarity and insights into the future of cities based on existing trends, challenges and opportunities and suggest ways that cities can be better prepared to address a wide range of shocks and transition to sustainable urban futures.

The Katowice Declaration 2022
The Katowice Declaration declares the aims of  the Global Planners Network (GPN) at the World Urban Forum Eleventh Session in Katowice, Poland in June 2022. The Declaration is a commitment by members to tackle the challenges of rapid urbanisation, the dire consequences of poverty and inequality, and the hazards posed to both humans and the environment by biodiversity loss, climate change, conflicts and natural disasters.

Abu Dhabi Declaration 2020
The Abu Dhabi Declaration declares the aims of the Global Planners Network (GPN) at the UN Habitat’s 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi in February 2020. It sets out GPN’s commitment to planning as an inclusive process that “must underpin any approach to managing rural, urban and regional development.”

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.”

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.”
世界规划师议会 温哥华宣言2006

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:

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.
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
HPF/GPN Statement
HPF Charter Approved April 2011

International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is the professional and educational organization for chief appointed managers, administrators, and assistants in cities, towns, counties, and regional entities around the world.

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). Its mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability with special focus on environmental conditions through cumulative local actions.

International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP) is a world-wide network of professionals representing the broad field of housing and planning. IFHP organizes a wide range of activities and creates opportunities for an international exchange of knowledge and experience in the professional field.

Metropolis — World Association of Major Metropolises is an association of more than 90 cities worldwide whose mission is to promote international cooperation and exchanges among members, i.e., local and metropolitan governments. Metropolis is also the metropolitan section of the United Cities & Local Government organization (UCLG).

Other Resources

Worldwide Value of Planning
Promoting Healthy Cities
Future Proofing Society
Thinking Spatially
Creating Economically Successful Places
Making Better Decisions for Places
The Location of Development