UN-Habitat has publishedinternational guidelines on urban and territorial planning with the aim of meeting the challenge posed by urbanisation. The world is changing rapidly and the urban population is increasing dramatically; by 2030, 60% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities. Recent decades have seen the implementation of inadequate policies, giving rise to the proliferation of marginal neighbourhoods, congestion, lack of access to basic services, environmental degradation and social unrest.
This document presents 12 principles to guide development policy officials by using an integrated planning approach. These guidelines aim to provide a reference framework to improve global policies and implement plans and processes that will lead to more compact, socially inclusive and better integrated and connected cities and regions that foster sustainable urban development and are better able to withstand climate change.