AESOP Discussion on the New Urban Agenda

UN-Habitat Governing Council approves International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning

Published at: 12 May 2015

UN-Habitat Governing Council, during its meeting in Nairobi, Kenya,17-24 April 2015, approved International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning. The Guidelines are a global reference framework that will inform the New Urban Agenda and the unfolding Sustainable Development Goals. The Guidelines will act as a compass for decision makers and urban professionals while developing urban and territorial planning frameworks. In the lead up to its approval, the Guidelines were discussed with a broader audience during two side events that gathered around 120 persons representing national and local governments, development partners, urban professionals, research and academia and civil society organizations.

The drafting of the Guidelines was supported by an Expert Group through a broad-based consultative and participatory process and based on evidence, good practices and lessons learnt from different contexts and at different planning scales. The process led to the preparation of a Compendium of Inspiring Practices, an ongoing open initiative to document inspirational and international experiences on urban and territorial planning. The Experts were nominated by their respective national governments, associations of local authorities, associations of professional planners and international institutions, representing experience and practice from Africa, Asia, Europe and America. UN agencies and members of the Committee of Permanent Representatives at UN-Habitat were also consulted and briefed throughout the process of developing the Guidelines.

The Guidelines complement the International Guidelines on Decentralization and Strengthening of Local Authorities (2007) and the International Guidelines on Access to Basic Services for all (2009), which were also adopted by the Governing Council of UN-Habitat and implemented in a number of countries.