Celebrate World Town Planning Day

November 8, 2019

World Town Planning Day is an opportunity to unite planners and celebrate planning around the globe. The American Planning Association in partnership with APA'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. Stay tuned for details, and in the meantime, join the conversation on social media using #WTPD2019 and follow @GlobalPlanners on Twitter. You can also revisit the 2018 World Town Planning Day resources below.

Welcome to World Town Planning Day 2018

APA President Cynthia Bowen discusses the importance of World Town Planning Day and recognizing planners for their contributions to our communities.


Multimedia Resources

International Smart Cities

How can your city become a smart, sustainable city? Learn strategies and tools used internationally to adopt information and communication technologies for better city planning, management, and governance.


Fostering Global Exchange in Sustainable Cities

How can planners identify best practices to inform their work from beyond international borders? This session provides examples of climate-resiliency-related information exchange and project implementation based on relationships between German and American planners and officials.


Envisioning a Thriving Border Region

Border urban areas are active centers of urban life, economic activity, and cultural expressions — and have the potential to be multicultural destination areas. Learn how to uncover their potential and balance local, state, and national priorities.


NGOs and Urban Planning in Developing Countries

Cities in the developing world are struggling to address rapid population growth and major challenges from climate change. Explore how American non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have helped these cities upgrade infrastructure, improve housing, and protect the environment.


Planning for Climate Migrants and Refugees

As many as 500-600 million people globally may have to move because of climate change. This session will provide an overview of forces causing this movement, possible arrival and departure locations, relevant governing policies, and possible responses to this challenge.


Urban 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. Find out how the recent Habitat III conference will impact UN-Habitat goals.

Other 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.