CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Planning for Sustainable Development Conference

Planning for Sustainable Development

7-10th November 2016, Shangri La Resort - Fiji

The New Zealand Planning Institute, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Association of Planners and the Planning Institute of Australia, is proud to invite you to attend Planning for Sustainable Development.

On the 25 September 2015, countries signed up to a set of goals to end poverty, protect the environment and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Environmental sustainability and economic development have become central issues for planners and local government practitioners facing the impacts of climate change; natural hazards, housing shortages and declining infrastructure.

The links between environmental sustainability and economic development are now better understood, indicating that a good planning system is critical to effect positive change. A transformational shift to planning for sustainable development is required, it will include strengthening planning capability, enhancing government frameworks and building capacity at a national, regional and local level.

The conference will raise and address a number of key challenges facing planners and local government practitioners around the world in achieving this transformation and shift to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The conference will be relevant to both developed and developing nations, including small island nations, nations with coastal settlements and those experiencing growing urban pressures. It will be of interest to planners and policy makers but also others involved in national and local government, environmental and social development. Using the context of the Pacific the conference will be workshop based and the output of the conference will be a structure and tool box for developing a programme of action to address the Sustainable Development Goals, which may reflect the issues of the Pacific region but can be adapted for others.

Specific topics within the Conference include:

  • Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Planning and funding sustainable infrastructure
  • Planning for economic development?
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Resilience to natural hazards
  • Capacity building for planning in small island nations.

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We hope you can join us!

NZPI is calling for expressions of interest from speakers, exhibitors and sponsors and those who would like to attend the conference. You can register your interest here