Welcome to the Global Planners Network
Planners and their organizations throughout the world provide leadership in addressing many societal issues. Often, challenges and successes cross geographic, national, and institutional borders. Best practices are often shared. Requests for assistance, too, occur through personal or institutional networks.

American Planning Association (APA)
The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization of 38,000 practicing planners, officials, and citizens involved with urban and rural planning issues. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, advance the art and science of planning to meet the needs of people and society.

Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)
The Canadian Institute of Planners has been dedicated to the advancement of responsible planning throughout Canada since 1919. Working on behalf of planners and the planning profession, CIP serves as the national voice of Canada's planning community.  

Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP)
The Commonwealth Association of Planners is concerned with the planning and management of settlements and regions across the Commonwealth. Professional organizations of urban and regional planners across the Commonwealth are members.

Irish Planning Institute (IPI)
Founded in 1975, the Irish Planning Institute is the professional body representing the majority of professional planners engaged in physical, spatial and environmental planning in Ireland and Irish planners practicing overseas.

New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI)
Established in 1949, the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) is the home of planning in New Zealand. Possessing 11 branches both within New Zealand and overseas.

Planning Institute Australia (PIA)
The Planning Institute of Australia was founded in 1951 and is the only national organization representing qualified urban and regional planners and other related disciplines in Australia.

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
The RTPI exists to advance the science and art of town planning for the benefit of the public. Town planning involves much more than planning towns, and is often referred to simply as "planning." Many planners, in both the public and private sectors, work within the planning system laid down by Parliament.

International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)
ISOCARP is a global association of professional planners. It was founded in 1965 with the object of bringing together recognized and highly qualified individual planners in an international network.

GPN Purposes, Processes and Activities
The GPN is committed to Joining Voices ... Joining Forces ... Taking Action. The GPN is a plurality of voices with diverse and relevant experience to advocate for effective planning.

Read the full GPN Purposes, Processes, and Activities

Current Newsletter

GPN Newsletter July 2015


ISOCARP Signs the Vancouver Declaration

GPN Preparation for Habitat III

Future Events

International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP): IFHP Lab: Stop calling it 'The sharing economy'
25 August 2016

International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP): IFHP Oslo Urban Lab
10 September 2016

ISOCARP: 52nd ISOCARP Congress
12-16 September 2016
Durban/South Africa

UCLG: 5th UCLG Congress - World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders
12-15 October 2016

World Urban Campaign: 16th Steering Committee Meeting (SCM16)
14 October 2016

Habitat III: HABITAT III Conference
17-20 October 2016

International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP): IFHP Summit 2016
10-11 November 2016
Rotterdam/The Netherlands

APA National Planning Conference
6-9 May 2017
New York, New York/USA

Contact Us
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Our Members are those who have signed up to the Vancouver Declaration for the furtherance of inclusionary and sustainable planning practice worldwide, as well as other interested organisations who share the above vision, objectives and goals. The GPN comprises two types of membership:
  • Signatories: Recognised professional planning associations of nations that have signed up to the Vancouver Declaration of 2006 and are committed to contributing time and effort to implementing the actions of the GPN.
  • Supporters: Organisations who have an interest in planning and do not represent the planning profession at a national level, but contribute to achieving planning outcomes that are consistent with the objectives, goals and actions of the GPN.
To learn more, contact global@planning.org.

Global Planners Network Partner Updates

GPN Preparation for Habitat III
APA is co-sponsoring a Side Event with the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) entitled Governance and Planning: the Role of Cultural Heritage.

The latest draft of the New Urban Agenda is out and comments are welcome.

Thanks to the members who already provided input through the previous drafts! The main activity of PreCom 3 will be to finalize the draft ahead of the Habitat III meetings in Quito in October. APA will collaborate on an Urban Village workshop with one of the local neighborhoods in Quito throughout the event as well and hosting a side event and partnering with many others on other side events. Under the banner of the Global Planners network, we will share an exhibition space that includes a small presentation area for ongoing presentations and discussions throughout the week. APA is joined by RTPI, CIP, PIA, AIA, ASLA, ISOCARP and ICOMOS in putting the exhibition space together.

Delivering Better Development
Delivering Better Development is free to download from the RTPI and Global Planners Network websites! Partners are encouraged to upload it to your own institutes' websites or include a link if easier! It will also feature on the Global Planners Network Stand at UN-Habitat's Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, next year.

UN-HABITAT Report on Planning in Palestine
Earlier this year, an international team of experienced planners was asked by UN-Habitat to report on the current planning situation in what is called Area C of the West Bank of Palestine.

The Irish Planning Institute (IPI) has signed the Vancouver Declaration and joined the Global Planners Network. The Council of the IPI met in October to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Republic's planning legislation. In 2015, the IPI celebrated the 40th Anniversary National Planning Conference.

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) commissioned a Centenary Poll, the results were published in November. Their new centenary blogs cover a variety of international planning issues. RTPI hosted the annual Nathaniel Litchfield Lecture on 'Future trends in City and County Governance' at University College London, by Professor Tony Travers. The RTPI has published two new documents as part of its Planning Horizons series: Creating Economically Successful Places: Why planning is needed in a fast-changing world, and, Making Better Decisions for Places.

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has released Promoting Healthy Cities, the third in a series of five 'big picture' papers (branded 'Planning Horizons') published by the RTPI. It is global in scope but contains messages that will resonate with policy-makers at every level of governance. The first paper in the series, Thinking Spatially, was published on 4 June and can be downloaded here. The second paper in the series, Future-Proofing Society, was published on 24 June and can be downloaded here.

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) has asked "What Makes a Great Planner?" PIA is creating a National Benchmark Framework that will be used to set membership eligibility criteria within a newly-aligned membership structure; guide professional development programs; and set a University Accreditation Policy.

Global Planners Network Resources

GPN Newsletter July 2015
GPN Newsletter December 2014
GPN Newsletter September 2013
GPN Newsletter March 2013
GPN Newsletter December 2012
GPN Newsletter June 2012
GPN Newsletter December 2011
GPN Newsletter June 2011
GPN Newsletter March 2011
GPN Newsletter December 2010
GPN Newsletter August 2010
GPN Newsletter June 2010

Naples Declaration 2012
This Naples Declaration declares the aims of the Global Planners Network (GPN) at the UN Habitat's 6th World Urban Forum (WUF6) in Naples in September 2012. It builds on the Vancouver Declaration that was declared at WUF3 in 2006 and it sets out GPN's continuing commitment to action: "Joining Voices ... Joining Forces ... Taking Action".

Montréal Communiqué — Global Planners Network Congress
Montréal, Canada, 2-5 October 2010
The Global Planners Network's third Global Planning Congress in Montreal has brought together planning organizations from around the world to consider the challenges presented by climate change. This communiqué complements the Canadian Institute of Planners Declaration, arising out of its 2010 Montreal Conference, under the theme of 'Climate Change and Communities: A Call to Action.'

GPN Congress Communique
The Global Planners Network Congress, held October 31-November 2, 2008, in Zhenjiang, China, highlighted critical planning issues of urbanization, poverty, and climate change and hazards. The Congress immediately preceded the United Nations World Urban Forum 4 in Nanjing, and this communique was one of the outcomes of the Congress. Also, read the Memorandum from the Closing Plenary of the Congress.

World Planners Congress: Vancouver Declaration 2006
"We, representatives of the planning profession of the world, dedicate ourselves to working together, and with others, to tackle the challenges of rapid urbanization, the urbanization of poverty and the hazards posed by climate change and natural disasters."
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世界规划师议会 温哥华宣言2006

GPN Congress Papers
Several individual and joint papers were submitted and discussed at breakout sessions during the GPN Congress. All of the papers centered on the three themes of the Congress: poverty, urbanization, and climate change and hazards. Here are some of those papers:

GPN Research
GPN has launched a tool designed to help planners around the world assess their capacity to respond to the challenges of urban growth. The Self-Diagnostic Tool to Assess Planning Capacity has been developed by the UK's Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and Commonwealth Association of Planners. The outcomes of this project will be presented later this year to the UN Habitat World Urban Forum 4 in Nanjing, and the Global Planners Network Congress in Zhenjiang.
[Begin the self-assessment]

Reinventing Planning: A New Governance Paradigm for Managing Human Settlements
This paper outlines key principles of a new paradigm for managing human settlements that we call New Urban Planning. The purpose of the paper is to provoke and focus debate during the lead-up to the World Planning Congress and the World Urban Forum III in June 2006. The paper reflects the outcome of a series of discussions amongst planners with experience from different countries.
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[En Français] 2007
世界规划师议会 温哥华宣言2006

Habitat Professionals Forum
The Habitat Professionals Forum (HPF) was established in 1999 under the auspices of UN-HABITAT as an inter-disciplinary partnership of Human Settlement Professionals and UN HABITAT. HPF promotes the delivery of sustainable urbanisation and equitable human settlements development. It consists of international associations of human settlements professions which are democratic, nonprofit, non-political and non-governmental. Documents from their recent meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, in April 2011 are linked below.
[Global Planners Network Presentation (pdf)]
[HPF/GPN Statement (pdf)]
[HPF Charter Approved April 2011 (pdf)]

International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is the professional and educational organization for chief appointed managers, administrators, and assistants in cities, towns, counties, and regional entities around the world.

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). Its mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability with special focus on environmental conditions through cumulative local actions.

International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP) is a world-wide network of professionals representing the broad field of housing and planning. IFHP organizes a wide range of activities and creates opportunities for an international exchange of knowledge and experience in the professional field.

Metropolis — World Association of Major Metropolises is an association of more than 90 cities worldwide whose mission is to promote international cooperation and exchanges among members, i.e., local and metropolitan governments. Metropolis is also the metropolitan section of the United Cities & Local Government organization (UCLG).

Other Resources

Worldwide Value of Planning
Promoting Health Cities
Future Proofing Society
Thinking Spatially
Creating Economically Successful Places
Making Better Decisions for Places
Strategic Planning
The Location of Development

Meeting Minutes
20 June 2016
17 May 2016
27 April 2016
16 December 2015
27 May 2015
14 January 2015
2 December 2014
24 September 2014
30 July 2014