During the ongoing seventh session of the World Urban Forum in Medellin, ISOCARP was elected to lead two important groupings related to UN-HABITAT. Vice President Shipra Narang Suri was elected co-Chair of the World Urban Campaign (www.worldurbancampaign.org), a platform that brings together a wide range of organisations representing professionals, civil society, the private sector, and other groups interested in urban issues. This is also the primary forum to carry the views of these actors into the New Urban Agenda to be drafted by, and adopted during, the HABITAT III conference in 2016.
In addition, ISOCARP continues to play an important role in the development of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (IGUTP), through the participation of many of its members in the Expert Group formed to develop these Guidelines.
Leading these bodies at this critical juncture puts ISOCARP in the enviable position of being able to directly influence global agenda-setting in the quest for sustainable and inclusive urban development, and the development of several documents which will guide urban planning, management and governance processes globally over the next two decades.
The Dialogue on Urban Planning, moderated by ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri, was a super hit at WUF 7 in Medellin – 1000 people attended the really interesting and lively discussion. Watch the recorded event online.