Canadian Institue Of Planners

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World Urban Forum


In 1976, Canada hosted the first United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (HABITAT I) in Vancouver. Participants signed the Vancouver Charter, a global manifesto for national and international action on matters of global urbanization.

That conference led to the formation of the United Nations Commission on Human Settlements and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT), which launched the first World Urban Forum in 2002 in Nairobi, Kenya.

In 2003, CIP was invited to assist Canada’s federal government in preparations for the 2006 World Urban Forum in Vancouver. Immediately prior to that event, the 2006 World Planners Congress (also held in Vancouver) was attended by nearly 1,200 delegates from around the world, and saw 15 countries sign the Vancouver Declaration on urbanization, development and planning. That document laid the foundation for the Global Planners Network.

The seventh World Urban Forum, held in 2014in Medellin, Colombia, focussed on the theme Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life. Sessions explored how the design, governance, and infrastructure of cities have direct impact on the lives and opportunities of their inhabitants, and are related to forms of social, cultural and economic exclusion. For plenary conclusions from the forum, click here.