74th World Town Planning Day Statement

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74th World Town Planning Day Statement


Every person and community in the world
today is threatened by a deepening climate
and biodiversity emergency, compounded by
conflicts, the pressures of demographic and
other societal change, and the continuing
legacy of the pandemic.

The Global Planners Network (GPN)–the
largest gathering of national and international
planning associations–calls for urgent action
to stop any further irreversible degradation of
the natural world and adverse impacts on
communities globally before the window for
action closes.

Following our Katowice Declaration in June
2022, we re-assert that there can be no
sustainable development without
sustainable urbanisation and no
sustainable urbanisation without effective
planning. Effective planning, however,
requires political support, financial and
human resource investment, and authentic
community empowerment and engagement.

As planners, we call for nations and cities to
urgently deliver inclusive and ambitious
climate measures to strengthen resilience,
support a just transition to a net-zero
, and more quickly deliver on the
Paris Agreement. Plans must be based on
more sustainable transportation systems,
better air quality, greater protection of our
natural environments, less poverty, and
reduced consumption of resources, energy
and non-organic goods and foods.

For this to happen, we advocate for better
human and technical resources for
institutions and functions and for
stronger subnational governments to manage
land development so that local and national
plans can be swiftly aligned with the United
Nations Sustainable Development Goals
and the New Urban Agenda.

This means re-imagining planning so that the
lessons learned on the limits to growth on a
planet with finite resources can be shared by
society. Adopting a nature and place-based
approach to the climate emergency and
tackling inequality requires collaboration
across planning and allied professions, civic
society, and the private sector. It also
requires a flexible approach to foster
innovation, learning, and adaptation.

Key to this will be creating capacity to allow
for effective, strategic, and participatory
at both regional and national levels.
It will also be important to address
inequalities and include the voices of those
most at-risk from the climate emergency into
our plans. Planning can also coordinate
infrastructure investments to help direct
where and what we build, how we build it, and
how we move around.

City-regions sit at the forefront of current
emergencies. Utilising effective planning
approaches across them can play a
significant role in addressing the challenges
of climate change. Local governments, by
virtue of their close relationships with
businesses, residents, and institutions, also
provide an opportunity for new policies to be
implemented quickly in response to pressing
social, environmental, and economic
challenges. Working together in wider areas,
they can bring powerful additional action to
effectively tackle these challenges.

Local planning functions are key to
mobilising resources, redistributing land
value uplifts, and delivering truly inclusive
place-based solutions for climate
adaptation and mitigation which
communities can influence, co-produce, and own.
This is also essential for sustainable
rural development.

It is the firm belief of the Global Planners
Network that planners throughout the world
have the unique skills, talent, desire, and
commitment to tackle the global crisis we now
face. Planners stand ready to play their part
to harness transformative changes for a
better, fairer, more sustainable future.

World Town Planning Day takes place every November 8th, bringing planners and communities together
to celebrate how good planning improves the lives of people and benefits society at large, creating places
to live, work and play. Argentinian professor Carlos María della Paolera started World Town Planning Day
in Buenos Aires in 1949, and today, planners from over 30 countries celebrate the occasion with lectures,
school competitions, fundraising, charity events, planning awards, and street festivals.