Commonwealth association president warns of urban problems

The Commonwealth Association of Planners marked World Planning Day on 8 November by calling on governments to rethink policies on managing urbanisation.

President Christine Platt, who works as a planner in South Africa, said: "We have ten, maybe 15 years to get on to a new track. After that the slum problem, environmental damage and urban insecurity will become so entrenched that they will dominate international relations for the rest of the century. Today, there are 65,000 more people living in cities in the Commonwealth than yesterday. Around 327 million people wake up in slums. Their life expectancy is dramatically less than those who live in better conditions." Platt called for a quantum leap in management capacity with more trained people and planning legislation to tackle the issues.

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