The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has been active at the sixth World Urban Forum (WUF6) in Naples, Italy, joining forces, joining voices and taking action with its international partners in the Global Planners Network (GPN). It led an influential Networking Event and joined GPN colleagues in issuing the GPN \"Naples Declaration\" to the UN Habitat Professionals Forum.
The \"Naples Declaration\" builds on the Vancouver Declaration issued at WUF3 in 2006. The core principles were that \"there can be no sustainable development without sustainable urbanisation and there can be no sustainable urbanisation without effective planning\". GPN brought the world's planning associations together to provide solutions to global issues.
The GPN recognises there have been significant changes in global issues since 2006 including the world-wide recession and the increasing frequency of natural disasters associated with climate change. It points out that a key driver of rapidly increasing urbanisation is the basic need for economic survival of the world's rural poor.
The role of planning is to propose forms of sustainable development to accommodate the world's increasing urban populations. People need the essentials of housing and sanitation for their security and they need education and skills to take part in modern economies. Governments and communities need good planning to enable social and economic growth.
The GPN is committed to tackling the economic, carbon, water and governance conundrums of modern international development around the world. It is committed to \"taking action\" on a range of issues to address these conundrums. It is dedicated to help build local planning capacity and to work with others to deliver the solutions required.
The GPN will promote these principles to national and local governments, international development organisations, local communities and associated planning and development professions. It will work with its partners in UN Habitat and other professions in a spirit of open-mindedness to fulfil collective and individual global responsibilities.
Richard Summers, who represented RTPI President Colin Haylock at the World Urban Forum, said : \"GPN has recognised that the world has moved on since 2006 and it is moving on too. The Naples Declaration makes clear commitments to action by planners across the world to promote the principles and best practice of sustainable development.\"
Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive, said : \"The RTPI and its partners in GPN are playing an effective part in achieving a more sustainable world through spatial planning. The RTPI is promoting its role as a world leading advocate of the value of planning and planners in pursuit of its aims as a learned society and a professional membership organisation.\"
The Global Planners Network (GPN) is a network of national planning associations that aims to promote and support planning around the world.