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World Town Planning Day


Celebrate planners & planning every 8 November!

Every year planners from over 30 countries celebrate their achievements and skills  in helping to create more sustainable communities and places. Celebrations range from evening lectures, school children's competitions, fund raising and charity events, planning awards and even street festivals!

The RTPI is actively involved! Our nations and regions put on events, our accredited universities host lectures and we choose an international charity to donate to. We also run  an active social media campaign - so follow us on Twitter: @internatRTPI and @RTPIPlanners or connect on LinkedIn (RTPI international).

Our sister insititutes and planning organisations from around the world also celebrate! Find out what's happening in countries like Ireland, USA, Australia, India, Malaysia, Canada, Pakistan, South Africa and here, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Belize and Jamaica and in Hong Kong just to name a few! Or contact the Global Planners NetworkCommonwealth Association of Planners, the European Council of Spatial Planners, the International Federation of Housing and Planning, and the International Society of City and Regional Planners!

Planning is critical to delivering the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals -agreed by over 190 governments at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador in 2016.


How Can You Get Involved?

Your'e all invited! Planners, other built environment professionals, residents, stakeholders, children, politicans - everyone! Help us showcase what good planning is and how planners help stakeholders and local residents create the kinds of places we and future generations want to live, work and socialise in.

Our governments have signed up to International Commitments on sustainable development - and yes that inludes the UK and the Republic of Ireland too!

So, organise an event in your local neighbourhood, at your office,  university, school etc. Invite some planners, residents, students, scholars and politicians to take part.

Be a social media champion and connect with us on Twitter (@RTPI Planners and @internatRTPI). Help us promote by using #WTPD2017! You cna also interact with us on RTPI International LinkedIN or take photos and connect on Instagram!

Finally, we'll help you promote your activities - email and tell us what you have planned!

What is the RTPI doing for 2017?


This year we're promoting local initiatives in implementing the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Habitat -III-New -Urban -Agenda -600x 300The Global Goals Square

For past RTPI events, see below!

History of World Town Planning Day

Founded in Argentina by Professor Carlos María della Paolera in Buenos Aires in 1949, World Town Planning Day is now held every year on the 8th  November and is celebrated all over the world!

RTPI's activities on 8 November 2016

Last year the RTPI celebrated World Town Planning Day with a number of events and a staff charity lunch.  Donations went to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Our events were actively promoted throughout the day on our twitter accounts @RTPIPlanners and @internatRTPI and at one stage World Town Planning day was trending at number 10 on Twitter!

The annual online global conference was broadcast  live on Twitter @WTPDonlineConf! Further information at website.

Events were held in Chelmsford, London, Belfast and Edinburgh and the Scottish Quality Awards for Planning also  took place in Edinburgh on World Town Planning Day!

Our annual Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture and 3 RTPI accredited universities (Anglia Ruskin, University College London and Ulster University) also  hosted events for students, school children and planners. 

Festivities continued afterwards with RTPI London and RTPI South East Scotland and Scottish Young Planners Network hosting evening sessions.

Finally, planning academics at Ulster University (RTPI accredited) - UPLAN- organised an interactive afternoon of activities with local school pupils, undergraduate students on Ulster's Planning, Regeneration and Development Course, and doctoral research students in the Built Environment Research Institute. Participants heard from Phil Williams (RTPI's President in 2016) and Professor Greg Llloyd (Emeritus Professor at Ulster University) on the role of planners in creating local responses to the global challenge of climate change.  Local practioners were also on hand to give their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Finally, participants worked in groups and discussed future proofing development in Belfast, Northern Ireland and created a manifestor addressing the theme of 'Local Resilience in the face of global challenges' which was presented to Belfast City Council after the event.

Anglia Ruskin University

Climate Change: Local Responses to a Global Challenge - seminar

A Conversation About Cities: Global and Local

Gypsies and Travellers: The Forgotten Housing Need 

Professer Michael Batty (University Collge London) and RTPI Gold Medalist

Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture 2016

The World Town Planning Day Online Conference

From 2009 to 2016, the RTPI and its sister planning organisations around the world ran an international online conference for World Town Planning Day. Co-organisers included the planning institutes of Australia, South Africa, the USA and Canada with the International Federation for Housing & Planning and the Ibero-American Federation of Planners. Themes included Resilience in a Changing Climate (2009), Healthy People, Healthy Places, Health Planet (2010), Going Public (2011) and Smart Communities Connect (2012), Planning and Water (2013), Equality in the city (2014), Housing Regeneration: Strengthening Communities (2015) and Planning around the World (2016). The online conference is no longer held due to a lack of resources but all recordings can still be found at