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Participatory urban planning might sound like a complex task, but with the right tools, it can be a transformative journey for your city. 

Enter the Our City Plans toolbox by UN-Habitat—a comprehensive, flexible resource that can adapted to your city’s unique context and create effective urban plans that address local challenges and opportunities. Here’s your go-to guide to get started and make the most out of this powerful tool. 

At Our City Plans, we recognize the critical need to integrate climate change considerations into urban planning to build resilient and sustainable cities. Our framework, guided by UN-Habitat’s Environmental and Social Safeguard System (ESSS), provides cities with comprehensive tools to address climate risks and implement effective climate action strategies. Here’s how cities can leverage Our City Plans to incorporate climate change into urban planning processes:

Participation lies at the heart of effective urban planning, empowering communities to shape their neighbourhoods and cities. Our City Plans recognizes the importance of inclusive decision-making and has developed a toolbox to promote participation in urban planning processes.

The Republic of Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and CGSI (Critical Global Studies Institute) of Sogang University, recently hosted the International Conference on Participatory Approaches to World Heritage 2024 in Seoul.

Participatory planning is a cornerstone in the fight against climate change, ensuring that communities are actively involved in shaping resilient and sustainable cities. Our City Plans recognises the critical role of community engagement in addressing climate challenges and has implemented innovative approaches to empower residents. By involving community members in decision-making processes, Our City Plans fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility, leading to more effective and inclusive solutions.

In the realm of sustainable development, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) play a crucial role in guiding global efforts. Amongst these goals, SDG 11 specifically focuses on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Target 11.3, a key component of this goal, emphasises enhancing inclusive and sustainable urbanisation through participatory and integrated human settlement planning.