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RTPI joins forces with global partners at the World Urban Forum

04 September 2012

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has been active at the World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy, leading an influential networking event with its international partners in the Global Planners Network (GPN). This World Urban Forum (WUF6) is the sixth event in a series organised by UN Habitat to engage international delegates in discussions about global issues including sustainable development, rapid urbanisation and natural disaster recovery. 

WUF GPN1The RTPI-led networking event on \"Capacity Building in Planning for Communities\" attracted over 50 international participants. It promoted a probing and stimulating debate on key issues in developing the capacity of professional planning services to support local communities in shaping their living and working environments.

Pictured right: a packed audience at the RTPI-led networking event.

Richard Summers, who represented RTPI President Colin Haylock at the World Urban Forum, said, \"Participants in the GPN Networking Event brought together a wealth of experience from across the world to help promote capacity building in planning for local communities particularly in the developing nations.\"


Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive, outlined the work of the RTPI and the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) and mentioned the parallels between the RTPI's work with Planning Aid England and its international partners. She said : \"Planning helps local communities to realise their vision for the future, to influence decisions on investment priorities and to tackle the competing objectives of economic growth, social inequity and climate change.\"

The GPN Networking Event was chaired by Richard Summers, RTPI Immediate Past President and International Committee Chairman. It was organised by Janet O'Neill, Vice Chair of the RTPI International Committee, and featured Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive, as one of the international speakers illustrating capacity building in action.

The Global Planners Network (GPN) is a network of national planning associations that aims to promote and support planning around the world.  

Pictured above left: Ashraf Adam CAP Vice President  (left) Andrea Gabor CIP President (centre), Trudi Elliott RTPI Chief Executive (right).