Planning is Global 3, the latest in a series of internationally focused publications by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), was launched at a COP28 'fringe event' reception in Dubai.
The publication highlights the crucial role of planning in addressing global water challenges. These challenges include water supply, sanitation, flooding, drought, and rising sea levels. Planning is Global 3 is the latest edition of the series, which uses case studies to explore the benefits of planning around the world.
As recognised by the UN “water is inextricably linked to the three pillars of sustainable development, and it integrates social, cultural, economic and political values. It is crosscutting and supports the achievement of many SDGs through close linkages with climate, energy, cities, the environment, food security, poverty, gender equality and health, amongst others”. In early 2023 the UN Water conference in New York yielded the Water Action Agenda and a range of commitments to addressing water challenges across the globe.