The Global Network of Urban Planning and Design Labs is an initiative of UN-Habitat to support local governments in achieving sustainable urban development, by bringing together local and international planners to work on concrete projects.

Welcomed in 2015 by resolution 25/L.6 of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat, the Network’s sets up temporarily and permanent Labs as part of or in close collaboration with the government. The network develops capacity of local and international planners with a ‘Learning by Doing’-approach and creates as such a global portfolio of practice that is being exchanged in the Network.

The Network disseminates UN-Habitat’s sustainable planning principles, advocates planning as a cyclical and participatory process that engages early on with civic society, the private sector and decision makers. The Labs of the Global Network are integrative facilities with a project approach that utilize design throughout the whole planning process.

The Global Network is focused on implementation applying a ‘three-pronged’ methodology that integrates planning, finance and the legal framework.

The objectives of the network are:

  • To set up temporary and permanent Urban Planning and Design Labs
  • To apply and implement UN-Habitat’s sustainable urban planning principles in concrete projects
  • To facilitate and develop applied knowledge exchange between planners worldwide with a ‘Learning-by-Doing’ approach
  • To develop a portfolio of practice and deduct successful tools and models for implementation
  • To mobilize resources for planning and implementation of concrete projects

This network contributes to making the world’s cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, an ambition formulated by target 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

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