Celebrate World Town Planning Day 2021

November 8, 2021

The American Planning Association's International Division invites planners, urban designers & placemakers to submit session proposals by October 13 for the 72nd annual World Town Planning Day virtual online conference, to be held on November 8, 2021.

As the world faces global crises like climate change and pandemics, planning for sustainable and equitable communities requires both long-term thinking and immediate action. Explore how Planners can be changemakers today and support intergenerational equity at the community, national and global scales. Tracks will explore best practices, challenges, and opportunities for moving from plans to implementation; effecting behavioral change today; and who needs to be at the table today to ensure intergenerational equity.

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Registration is required but this event is free and open to all.


World Town Planning Day Resources

Global Planners Network

Global Planners Network YouTube page

A Guide to Using Your Planning Skills Abroad

APA International Division Planner Exchange Program

About World Town Planning Day

World Town Planning Day is celebrated in 30 countries on four continents each November. It is a special day to recognize and promote the role of planning in creating livable communities.

World Town Planning Day presents an excellent opportunity to look at planning from a global perspective, and APA encourages its members to consider planning challenges and solutions around the globe on that day.

The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) endorses World Town Planning Day as a strategy to promote a broad-based awareness, support, and advocacy of community and regional planning among the general public and all levels of government through activities in recognition of American accomplishments on World Town Planning Day of each year.

Program History

The international organization for World Town Planning Day was founded in 1949 by the late Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera of the University of Buenos Aires to advance public and professional interest in planning, both locally and abroad.

Why Celebrate World Town Planning Day?

  • To draw attention to the aims, objectives, and progress of urban and regional planning around the globe.
  • To engage local citizens and officials in the value of planning and to participate in shaping their community.
  • To highlight the valuable contributions sound planning has made to the quality of global human settlements and their environment.
  • To give worldwide coverage to the ideals of urban and regional planning not only within the profession but also among the general public.