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RTPI co-founds humanitarian crises advisory group

19 October 2016

The RTPI has joined The Royal Institute of British Architects and Institution of Structural Engineers to form the UK’s first advisory group to offer built environment expertise to global humanitarian crises.

The group was launched today at a special event attended by the British Ambassador during Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador.

The UK Built Environment Advisory Group (UKBEAG) brings together the collective expertise of the three founding institutes and their professional members to support a range of humanitarian and development partners, including UK and international governments, in preparing for and responding to humanitarian crises from floods, droughts and earthquakes to conflict situations.

RTPI President Phil Williams who led the Institute's delegation to Habitat III said:  

“As towns and cities around the world experience ever increasing pressure from growing populations and climate change, it is all the more important that urban planning expertise and training is shared to help communities become more resilient against man-made and natural crises.

"The RTPI represents some of the most experienced planners in the UK and worldwide and is proud to have co-founded the UKBEAG to enable our members to get involved in humanitarian work to help communities and aid agencies.”

Together the founding member institutes have over 100,000 members working in more than 150 countries throughout the world. Their skills in sustainable development, planning, infrastructure, architecture, structural engineering and project management will provide critical expertise as well as technical capacity, remotely or in the field.

The UKBEAG will also offer support to the UK’s Department for International Development and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, together with associated humanitarian agencies.