UN Habitat publishes Persian version of Int’l Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning1Tehran, 17 March 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Habitat Office in Tehran has translated into Persian and published the 2015 edition of International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning. International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning: Towards a Compendium of Inspiring Practices (2015) comprises a sample of 26 international experiences in urban and territorial planning that have been developed by the Guidelines Expert Group and its associated networks.

It provides a cross section of inventive, ambitious and unique cases that address common issues of urban and territorial development and highlights successful examples of how urban and territorial planning can reshape countries and regions towards more sustainable development. The need for planning cannot be over-emphasized. Urbanization is progressing rapidly and by 2050, seven out of ten people will be living in cities. Inappropriate policies, plans and designs have led to inadequate spatial distribution of people and activities, resulting in proliferation of slums, congestion, poor access to basic services, environmental degradation, and social inequity and segregation.

The International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning serve both as a source of inspiration and a compass for decision makers and urban professionals when reviewing urban and territorial planning systems. The Guidelines provide national governments, local authorities, civil society organizations and planning professionals with a global reference framework that promotes more compact, socially inclusive, better integrated and connected cities and territories that foster sustainable urban development and are resilient to climate change.

This valuable book includes twelve key principles and a series of action-oriented recommendations that are based on strong evidence, inspiring practices and lessons learnt from various regions and contexts. The Guidelines emphasize the need for an integrated approach to planning and cover areas of urban policy and governance, sustainable urban development, planning components as well as implementation and monitoring mechanisms. Download  publication here.

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