Rapid and unplanned urbanization is a issue in a number of countries which has highlighted the increasing need for spatial/territorial planning to achieve more balanced territorial development between different regions and between urban and rural areas as well as to enable sustainable urban development in rapidly growing cities and regions.
To meet growing demands and enhance knowledge and experience sharing among countries and cities, the Spatial Planning Platform (SPP) was established jointly by the Government of Japan and UN-Habitat in 2018 to serve as a platform enabling a broad range of governments and stakeholders to share experiences, best practices and knowledge related to the spatial planning and its implementation. The platform also aims to enhance networking of stakeholders and peer to per learning process.
The Spatial Planning Platform (SPP) was proposed by the Government of Japan at the side event of Habitat III held in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.
1) to make a network of all stakeholders for sharing their experience and knowledge on the design and implementation of national and regional spatial plans; and
2) to support formulation and implementation of better spatial plans. It will contribute to implementing the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), together with the National Urban Policy Programme (NUPP) launched by OECD, Cities Alliance and UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance.
SPP was officially established on 1 August 2018 at the 1st SPP Meeting held in Fukuoka, Japan.