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RTPI calls on government to implement international sustainable development obligations

19 April 2017

The RTPI has formally endorsed the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) Fiji Declaration today. The Declaration urges Commonwealth Governments to implement the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also calls on government to recognise the crucial role of planning to deliver these international commitments.

The Fiji Declaration, developed at the first major international planners’ conference held after Habitat III, draws attention to SDG11, in particular. This goal aims to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable


By signing up to the Fiji Declaration, the RTPI commits to:

  • Promote and use planning skills to help implement the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs in Commonwealth countries
  • Promote the Fiji Declaration to national, sub national and local governments
  • Work with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum and other professional associations and individuals to promote the Declaration
  • Review progress in delivering these commitments at CAP’s next Biennial Conference in 2018

The declaration now forms part of the RTPI’s Action Plan to implement to the New Urban Agenda.

Peter Geraghty, RTPI International Committee Chair said:

“This Declaration is a major initiative and will be used by us and other members of the Commonwealth Association of Planners to promote the importance of planning in implementing the New Urban Agenda. Planners will play a critical role in implementing governments’ international commitments and we urge government to take action quickly.”

The Board of Trustees endorsed the declaration following a recommendation from the Institute’s International Committee. CAP members agreed the Fiji Declaration in November 2016 at its Biennial Conference in Yanuca, on Fiji’s south coast. CAP, of which the RTPI is a member organisation, represents over 40,000 planners in 27 Commonwealth countries.

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