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International Planning Organizations

The International Planning Organizations directory contains more than 1,000 agencies, associations, institutes, schools and societies interested in urban and regional planning.

The directory was initiated in the early 1980s as a reference for planners seeking to contact professional international planning organizations. The original directory has been used by the American Planning Association (APA) International Division and other organizations as the primary reference for international planning contacts.

The new version of the directory has been expanded to include additional non-professional and multi-national planning organizations along with more extensive Internet references, brief descriptions and flags. International organizations are arranged by country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Multinational organizations include such references as the Asian Planning Schools Association, the Commonwealth Association of Planners, the European Council of Town Planners and many more. Additional support has been provided by the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).

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International Society of City and Regional Planners

The ISOCARP network brings together individual and institutional members from more than 80 countries worldwide. Members are planners and other stakeholders involved in the development and maintenance of the built environment. As a non-governmental organisation ISOCARP is recognized by the United Nations (UN), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHCS/UN-HABITAT), and the Council of Europe. The Society also has a formal consultative status with the United Nations Education, Societal and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

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American Planning Association International Division

The International Division is active in promoting information, networking, and professional development opportunities related to international planning. In pursuit of these goals, the division provides a limited number of grants for projects and study abroad. Other programs and activities include a newsletter, conference sessions, and professional development and networking events.  We are also working hard to restart our popular exchange program for practicing planners. The International Division has members worldwide, based in the Americas, Africa, Eurasia, and the Pacific. They include American planners with an interest in planning practice in other countries, planners living and working outside the U.S. who want to maintain contact with the American planning community, and others concerned with planning issues worldwide.

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