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RTPI members appointed to global UN forum

Vice President Wei Yang and Vincent Goodstadt join Habitat Professional Forum

On World Habitat Day 2020, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is delighted to announce that two of its members have been appointed to the UN’s Habitat Professional Forum (HPF).

Vice President Wei Yang FRTPI and member Vincent Goodstadt MRTPI will represent the Global Planners Network on the HPF, a UN-Habitat body which consults planners, architects and engineers on global policy and strategic issues.

Wei Yang said: “Planning’s contribution to inclusive, sustainable cities and communities has no doubt been recognised globally, so it’s excellent news that the RTPI is increasing its presence and engagement with the UN.

“We will further demonstrate and strengthen planning’s position as mission critical to climate action and sustainable development at the highest level and are looking forward to sharing the joint expertise of Global Planners Network member institutes with the HPF and other global built environment professionals.

“Using the RTPI’s Plan the World We Need campaign, our aim is to ensure that planning is recognised as vital if we are to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals and a green recovery from COVID-19.”

The RTPI is also advising the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on strategic capacity building for planners in 19 global cities through the implementation of the Global Future Cities Programme.

The free RTPI Learn module Town Planning and the UN Sustainable Development Goals is designed to teach planners in the UK how to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals through planning in their city or community.

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