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.

World Town Planning Day logpThe 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.

World Town Planning Day International Online Conference

Water and Planning: The Fluid Challenge

November 6-7, 2013

Planning professionals around the world have all had to deal with at least one major water-related challenge in their career — flood, drought, climate change, supply shortages, or demand management. How our profession responds has a significant impact on the future of our communities.

This online conference will bring together ideas from around the world about how we plan for communities in response to water-related issues. We hope to offer insights to help improve the built environment — our cities, towns, rural communities — and the natural environment.

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Visit the conference website at for full details.

Why Celebrate World Town Planning Day?

  • To draw attention to the aims, objectives, and progress of urban and regional planning around the globe.
  • 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.

What Is APA Doing for World Town Planning Day?

To highlight the impact and benefits of planning around the United States, APA encourages members to celebrate National Community Planning Month in October of each year.

APA encourages members to continue to think globally on World Town Planning Day.