“Leading Change: Delivering the New Urban Agenda through Urban and Territorial Planning” is a companion to the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning.

The first paragraph of Chapter 1 (No time to lose) sums up the intent and focus:

“Traditional urban planning has to change, and change quickly. Cities and human settlements are being refashioned by economic and demographic growth, migration, climatic risks, disruptive technologies and social fragmentation. Aspiration and opportunity are intertwined with destitution and disaster in a world that is interconnected as never before.  Governments globally now acknowledge the need for action. A set of International Guidelines on Urban Territorial Planning (IG-UTP) have been created by UN-Habitat. This book explains the implications of those guidelines for four stakeholder groups: national governments, local authorities, planning professionals and their associations, and civil society organisations (CSOs) and their associations. It challenges each of these groups to rethink their assumptions and practices, because the facts about urbanisation and UTP have changed.”

MCA assisted SALGA in the development and design of “Leading Change” and supported Christine Platt and a team of international and South African authors.  For SALGA, this was  fulfillment of their commitment to support UN HABITAT in providing a framework for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The Department of Human Settlements made the publication and launch at the WUF possible.  In line with this, the book was launched at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur on 12th February 2018.

You can download the book in PDF format here Leading Change Web Version 01022018