Message of Frank D’hondt secretary general of the international Society of City and Regional Planners, ISOCARP, for 12th Festival of Research and Innovation in Urban Management (Tehran Urban Forum,TUF)
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Distinguished participants of the Tehran Urban Forum and the 12th Festival of Research and Innovation in Urban Management,
My name is Frank D’hondt and I am the secretary general of the international Society of City and Regional Planners, ISOCARP.
ISOCARP was founded in 1965 and provides a unique global platform for professional urban and territorial planners from all over the world including from Iran.
ISOCARP advocates Urban and territorial planning as a precondition for sustainable development and implementation of all territorial dimensions of the sustainable development goals and new urban agenda. We organized a yearly world planning congress,
We organized excellence awards, we organized urban planning advisory teams, and we organized Young planning professional work-shops, just to name our flag ship activities.
This year’s congress is on Post-Oil cities and planning for urban green deals and was supposed to take place in Doha,
Qatar but due to the pandemic crisis, Doha will host us next year and this year we organized and entirely virtual world planning congress which started on 8 November -on world town planning day- and will end on the fourth of February with a place leader around table in which also the mayor of Tehran will participate.
We actively engaged in the Iranian world town planning day celebration on the 8 of October, as well in the Tehran golden Adobe Award scheme.
Four years ago, by the way I represented ISOCARP to physically join the Awards ceremony In Tehran which was the unforgettable experience.
The leading theme at that time was urban resilience. As if the organizers knew what was coming.
The question of urban resilience is thus not new, but we definitely need new answers. The pandemic and climate crisis have the power to create a new world order.
Only those communities intelligent enough to plan themselves towards the urban and territorial resilience will prevail and prosper.
The old-world order of military and economic myth is making way for a new world order based on place-based health management and climate action planning.
As many of the innovative future solutions will need to capitalize more on sustainable lifestyles of early urban civilizations,
the Persian communities sit on a treasure of keys to unlock the world then urban world we need and can sustain.
I wish therefore the Tehran Urban Forum all the stamina and wisdom need it to dig up the treasure and find those keys to save mankind from its projected self-destruction. Insha’Allah.