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RTPI promotes action on climate change at United Nations conference

13 February 2018

 RTPI Session On #climatechange In The #commonwealthThe RTPI has promoted action on climate change at a major international United Nations sustainability conference.

The World Urban Forum, run by the United Nations to discuss how to deliver sustainable development, takes place every two years and is expected to attract 27,000 delegates to this year’s conference in Kuala Lumpur.

The RTPI's President, Chief Executive and International Officer, who are at the conference, hosted a packed event on the urban dimension of climate change, which drew on lessons from Commonwealth countries.

John Acres MRTPI, RTPI President said 

“The RTPI session on climate change was one of our many engagements at the World Urban Forum being held in Kuala Lumpur. We have explored smart cities, the importance of governance, ethics, the role of professionals and how they can deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. The links between climate change governance and integrated planning and housing have been visible everywhere. It has been great to meet RTPI members working across the globe and in our sister institutes and organisations.

It has been great to meet RTPI members working across the globe and in our sister institutes and organisations.

“I am chairing a session on Rapid Urbanisation on behalf of the Commonwealth Association of Planners - a useful prelude to the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference being held in London in April.”

Integrated planning critical to tackling climate change

Speakers at the RTPI’s panel event agreed that integrated planning is critical to tackling climate change.

  • Professor Peter Head CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Resilience Brokers - who gave the 2017 RTPI Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture -  called for volunteer regions to be set up across the Commonwealth as a demonstration program using the integrated modelling platform to help city regions plan their future.
  • Professor Barbara Norman HonRTPI, from the University of Canberra, outlined sustainable pathways cities and regions can use to plan effectively for climate change.
  • Noraida Saludin, Vice President of the Malaysian Institute of Planners, focused on how places could turn polices into action, identifying the tools required but also the need for incentives.
  • Eleanor Mohamed, President of the Canadian Institute of Planners, used the experiences of indigenous communities in arctic Canada to illustrate the need for action.
  • Following a question from the audience, RTPI Chief Executive Trudi Elliott MRTPI discussed the Commonwealth Association of Planners Young Planners Network and their initiative to engage with the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London this April. She also explained how the RTPI’s new strand of work on climate would help practitioners build resilient and low carbon communities.

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