Implementing urban and territorial planning through the ‘lens’ of health? [PCW-6]

Organizer: Andrea Oyuela, UN-Habitat
November 27, 2018 | 08.30am to 12.30pm

This workshop is free of charge and open to all registered delegates.
To register for this workshop email: Richard Hart.

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Urban planning and land use patterns are intrinsically connected with human health. Evidence demonstrates how current rapid-unsustainable urbanization patterns are directly associated with important negative impacts on human health and well-being, imposing high costs on societies, and challenging the development of economically competitive and inclusive cities.

Seen from another perspective, cities also offer various entry points through which the conditions of their population’s health and well-being can be improved: Integrated urban and territorial planning implemented through the “lens” of Health promotes a more sustainable urban development, generating benefits for human and environmental health.

UN-Habitat’s International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (IG-UTP) constitute a reference framework for planning for the improvement of policies, plans, designs and implementation processes, providing key-principles and recommendations for four stakeholder groups across multiple levels of urban governance: national governments, local authorities, planning professionals and their associations and civil society organizations. In partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), UN-Habitat is working on implementing the IG-UTP by enhancing knowledge and building technical capacity of urban actors and decision-makers in using planning as a tool to make cities centers of health and well-being. A guidance on Planning for Health and a set of tools are in development to facilitate the application of the IG-UTP framework from a Health perspective.

This workshop will thus offer an introduction to the IG-UTP as a universal framework for urban health professionals from the public, private and third sector in order to help them identify and promote health priorities and opportunities through urban and territorial planning in their own professional practice. Through a series of presentations, exercises and interactive debates, participants will learn about and apply the tools being developed by UN-Habitat and the WHO, exchanging experiences and identifying strategies to gain the benefits of integrating health in urban and territorial planning.

Questions? Contact Andrea Oyuela at UNHABITAT-IG-UTP@un.org

 


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