SOU 96 - Urban and Territorial Planning for improved socio-economic outcomes
PRESENTATION OF THE SESSION
The International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (IG-UTP) are a key implementation tool for the delivery of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), and recognised as such in Clause 93 of the NUA.
The IG – UTP similarly provide a critical framework for the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular with those targets concerned with urbanisation.
It is clear that we now know the “what” – Our attention needs to turn now to the “how”.
National, sub-national and local governments, planners and civil society organisations across the world have recognized that urgent action is needed to respond to urbanisation and create spaces that are more equitable and sustainable. As we plan, design and manage urban and rural development, there is an increasing recognition that our entire approach to urban and territorial planning must change. Thus the adoption of the IG-UTP in 2015 was a key milestone in the global response to urbanisation.
The 9th Session of the World Urban Forum provided an ideal opportunity to share these reflections with the world and engage with planners, national, sub-national and local government officials, and urban and human settlements actors in general on concrete and practical approaches to planning in line with the principles of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning.