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29/10/2020

Agent of change: Jenna Halal

Words: Jenna Halal
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In our November issue, we've profiled young planners who are delivering sustainable development goals around the world. Read about the Agents of change and discover more young planners whose work is having an impact in communities worldwide

Jenna Halal is an urban planner with UN Habitat and member of ISOCARP Young Planning Professional Programme, in Beirut, Lebanon

With cities reconsidering planning mechanisms for urban systems and physical urban space, global development frameworks such as the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Habitat III New Urban Agenda demonstrate an underlying point – that urbanisation can be a powerful tool for sustainable development in developing and developed countries. Through planning mechanisms, city planners and urban practitioners can enrich urban planning processes, while sharing a global vision for a brighter and more sustainable future.

“Urban practitioners can enrich urban planning processes, while sharing a global vision for a brighter and more sustainable future”

Project focus

I’ve been working in Ethiopia on implementing SDG11: ‘Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.’

To support local government we have designed a participatory incremental urban planning (PIUP) toolbox, a methodology to assess, design, and implement urban planning processes. Its aim is to guide planners and stakeholders towards a sustainable approach, ensuring a participatory process for the city’s policies, strategies, plans and projects. It works in tandem with Ethiopia’s national urban development spatial plan (NUSP), and GTP2, the growth and transformation plan for the country.

Photo | Alamy

 

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