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World Town Planning Day 2018

08 November 2018

On today’s World Town Planning day, the RTPI is joining global planning organisations across the world to raise the profile of planning and its role in responding to global challenges.  

Initiated by Professor C. M. della Paolera in Buenos Aires in 1949, this international day celebrates the accomplishments of planners and their contributions to their communities.

As part of this day, the RTPI is raising awareness about the positive contribution of planning in dealing with the global challenges of rapid urbanisation and climate change. The UN department for Economic and Social Affairs says that 68% of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050, while the IPCC’s recent report warned there are only 12 years left for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C.

Michele Vianello, RTPI International and Policy Officer, said:

“On World Town Planning day we join our partners across the globe to celebrate the role of planning, and reaffirm its role in meeting the global challenges of rapid urbanisation and climate change.

“Following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s sobering report, coordinating efforts at a global scale to fight climate change and achieve long-term sustainability is vital. And with the global population growing exponentially, megacities require coordinated efforts to deal with the critical challenges of pollution, poverty and housing informality.”

RTPI World Town Planning Day activities

A delegation composed of RTPI President and RTPI Director of RTPI Wales and Northern Ireland, is currently visiting the Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP) with a delegation from the American Planning Association. There they are delivering a two-day seminar on best practices in planning.

Many of the challenges faced by Britain are faced globally including the housing crisis. Our annual Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture this evening will discuss housing policy and affordability in the UK and its relationship to global economic processes and cycles.

Our school competition is asking pupils to reflect on how changes in towns and cities affect us all. Secondary school pupils are designing a new episode of the RTPI educational podcast series ‘Anna the Planner’, while primary school pupils are invited to work on displays that illustrate how planning shapes a community.

To read about all of our activities, click here.