UN-HABITAT launches tool to support urban planning
UN-HABITAT has launched a new guide called Urban Planning for City Leaders, aimed at providing local leaders and decision makers with the tools to support urban planning good practice. Although relevant to cities of all sizes, the guide targets intermediate cities – those with populations of between 20,000 and two million people – in developing and emerging economies in particular, where the majority of urban growth is taking place. The guide puts early urban planning at the centre of preparations for this growth.
"All too often planning has been disconnected from the day to day realities and needs of citizens", said Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Dr. Joan Clos. "This Guide has been designed to fill the gap between the technical and the policy dimensions of urban planning and to help local leaders to better communicate with their planning departments and ask the right questions."