Christopher Rollo, country program director of UN-Habitat Philippines, said the WUF
was established to examine the most pressing issues facing the world today in the area of human settlements, in particular "rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies.
To help ensure that planning had a significant voice at WUF, a World Planners Congress (WPC) was held immediately beforehand, providing planners from around the world with the opportunity to discuss planning's role in tackling the massive problems of rapid urbanisation and the growth of urban poverty.
The purpose of producing the paper was to provoke and focus debate during the lead up to WPC and WUF and at the events themselves.
There is no doubt that planning had a major voice at WUF--in marked contrast to the 2004 WUF in Barcelona, at which planning was barely mentioned.
Furthermore, the UN official report on WUF identified New Urban Planning as one of four highlights of the whole event: 'The Forum placed a strong emphasis on planning as a tool for urban development and environmental management, and as a means of preventing future slum growth.
Tremendous progress was made at WUF in getting planning recognised as part of the solution--not part of the problem.
Three important legacies from WUF have been established.
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