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RTPI to put planning on the world stage at Habitat III

Words: Laura Edgar

Good planning and experienced planners will play a crucial role in implementing international agreements, the RTPI said.

This is the message the institute will be taking to the Habitat III Conference next week, 17-20 October, 2016.

Habitat III will consider urban trends and their impact on human development, environmental well-being and governance. RTPI president Phil Williams, chief executive Trudi Elliott and policy and research officer Marion Frederiksen will represent the institute’s 23,000 members to national governments from around the world.

Williams said: “My message to world leaders will be that planners have the skills to help solve some of the complex problems confronting societies around the world. Planners have a crucial role in building resilience, delivering sustainable housing, jobs and growth within vibrant communities.”

At the conference, the RTPI will be exhibiting at the Global Planners Network stand from 14-20 October.

The institute will also be attending the World Urban Campaign steering group meeting from 15-16 October.

Additionally, it will launch the United Kingdom Built Environment Advisory Group (UKBEAG) on 19 October with Royal Institute of British Architects and the Institution of Structural Engineers at the UKBEAG, side event number: 1183932.

Williams and Elliott will be speaking at a number of side events and at the Habitat Village, including:

  • 17 Oct: ‘Planning for Public Engagement’ organised by the Global Planners Network (side event number: 1186504):

  • 17 Oct: ‘Place-making’ organised by the International Federation of Housing and Planning (Habitat Village ‘Pop Up talk’)

  • 18 Oct: ‘Creating safe and inclusive cities that leave no one behind’ organised by the Institute of Development (side event: number: 1209772)

  • 19 Oct: ‘How built Environment Professionals Can Help Humanitarian Agencies Pre and Post Disasters’ organised by the RTPI on behalf of the UKBEAG (side event: number: 1183932)

  • 19 Oct: ‘Smart Cities in the New Urban Agenda’ organised by the International Society of City and Regional Planners (side event: number: 1172583)

A round-up of Habitat III news, features and opinion from The Planner, can be found here.

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