One of the main activities of ISOCARP is the organisation of our annual World Planning Congress which focuses on a planning theme of foremost .. Read more international interest. Attended by some 500-750 delegates, ISOCARP World Planning Congresses are small enough for a personal interchange of ideas on a given theme, yet big enough to encompass a broad professional and international range. The Congress provides a platform for establishing professional as well as personal contacts with colleagues from all around the world. While dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, we need to plan ahead to be more health resilient as a largely urban species. Therefore, we must move away from oil, gas and coal to reduce pollution, reduce various other environmental concerns and mitigate the processes of anthropogenic climate change. Today, because most of the human population lives in cities and the trend of massive (and frequently unordered and uncontrolled) urbanisation is accelerating, the urban areas are in the foreground of this "battle for the future"; to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. To win this battle many cities and local authorities are already developing new approaches to urban planning, but efforts need to be stepped and scaled up in this Decade of Action to implement the SDG's by 2030.
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