Celebrate World Town Planning Day

November 8, 2018

World Town Planning Day is an opportunity to unite planners and celebrate planning around the globe. The American Planning Association's International Division is sponsoring activities celebrating this year's World Town Planning Day.

Joining planners and planning organizations from around the globe, APA and the International Division are excited to bring you international planning focused resources. See the details below, and follow or join the conversation on social media using #WTPD2018 and @GlobalPlanners

Welcome to World Town Planning Day 2018

This year the American Planning Association, in partnership with Global Planners Network, is pleased to share content from planning associations around the globe:

APA’s International Division

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP-ICU)

Planning Institute Australia (PIA)


International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP)

We also draw your attention to the following upcoming events listed on the Global Planners Network website.

Among this year’s topics are:

How can planners identify best practices to inform their work from beyond international borders?

Border Urban Areas
Learn how to uncover their potential and balance local, state, and national priorities.

International Smart Cities
Learn strategies and tools used internationally to adopt information and communication technologies for better city planning, management, and governance.

Planning for Migrants and Refugees
As many as 500–600 million people globally may have to move because of climate change.

Planning at the United Nations
Explore the role of urban planning within the United Nations, especially the UN Habitat program. Learn how UN Habitat uses urban planning principles to improve urban settlements worldwide.

Nongovernmental Organizations and Planning in the Developing World
Cities in the developing world are struggling to address rapid population growth and major challenges from climate change.

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.