URBAN PLANNING IN KENYA: A Survey of Urban Planning Practices in the counties

In 2018,an estimated 27 percent (13 million) of Kenya’s population lived in cities and towns, of varied sizes, across the country. Towards the year 2050, this share will approach 50 percent of the total country population, which will be an equivalent of 44 million people. Kenya is thus undergoing an urban transition, which will induce structural transformations in social, economic and spatial development aspects. To effectively and efficiently manage this transition, the country must develop the requisite urban planning and management capacities, both at the national and county levels.

Call for Case Studies: Urban and Territorial Planning for Health

UN-Habitat invites national governments, local authorities, planning professionals, and civil society organizations to be part of our IG-UTP Compendium of Inspiring Practices: Health Edition by sharing with us case studies on urban and territorial planning (strategies, plans, designs and achievements) for the promotion of better urban health and wellbeing and mitigation of health risks.

Why planning for health? 

Publications supporting the spatial planning initiatives in Palestine launched

Ramallah, December 19, 2016 - UN-Habitat and its national partner, State of Palestine Ministry of Local Government launched two new publications under the framework of the joint cooperation to defend and advocate for the planning rights of Palestinian communities in Area C of the West Bank that is effectively controlled by the Israeli authorities.

Urban Planning and Design Lab's: Tools for Integrated and Participatory Urban Planning

Urban planning is a complex process that requires strong political leadership and commitment, and implementable legal frameworks articulated through a common development vision and social participation. It is exactly in the complexity of this process that UN-Habitat founded its in-house Urban Planning and Design Lab, in order to provide assistance to local, regional and national authorities with urban planning and design.

Advancing Synergy between Airports and Cities: UN-Habitat and ICAO sign MoU at Habitat III

Quito, Ecuador, 9 November 2016 ­— UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos and the International Civil Aviation Organization Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote synergy between airports and cities to achieve sustainable development.

Spatial Development Framework 2040: City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality

The Spatial Development Framework 2040 for Johannesburg is a city-wide spatial policy document developed by the City of Johannesburg in collaboration with The Urban Planning and Design Lab from UN-Habitat, Iyer Urban Design Studio and Urban the Morphology & Complex Systems Institute. The document identifies the main challenges and opportunities in the city, setting a spatial vision for the future city, and outlining a set of strategies that to realize that vision.

Rapid Planning Studio Workshop Boosts Local Planning Capacity in Turkana

Eldoret, 04 October 2016 – UN-Habitat organized a two day workshop on urban planning for technical officers from different Ministries and line departments of County Government of Turkana. The workshop took place in Eldoret Town and contributed to strengthening the technical capacity of county government officers from different sectors.

International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning discussed at ISOCARP Congress

Durban, 28 September 2016 - Planners from around the world engaged in discussing the application of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning Guidelines; a new tool being developed to provide a global reference framework for improving global policies, plans, designs and implementation processes.