Today at the World Urban Forum, UN-Habitat launched a book intended to illustrate how to implement the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning released in 2015: Leading Change: Delivering the New Urban Agenda through Urban and Territorial Planning.
The introduction states, “The starting point is that planning has to adjust to a new global context. Traditional forms of planning were formulated before concerns such as climate change, inclusion, metropolitanisation, spatial justice, gender, or resilience were considerations. Furthermore, an unprecedented extent of urban development is now unplanned and many cities are overwhelmed by dysfunctional and often slum led urban growth. Planning needs to adjust to these new realities so that we do not continue on the current trajectory. Many of the notions on how to do this are not new but need reexamination.”