Archived Webinar

GPURL #OnlineLearningSeries: UN-Habitat Guide for National Spatial Strategies

"A Guide for Effective Development and Implementation of National Spatial Strategies."

UN Habitat is developing a Guide on National Spatial Strategies (NSS) led by Sebastian Elbe and Katrin Bäumer from SPRINT – scientific policy consulting (Germany). The Guide provides a framework for policy makers and practitioners outlining how NSSs can be embedded in the wider context of national development planning practice. A well-designed NSS can strengthen the integration and alignment of urban and rural planning goals across sectors and spatial scales. The Guide outlines the steps to prepare a NSS, identifies six critical delivery mechanisms for successful NSS implementation and develops lessons from global case studies to structure the recommendations. The NSS Guide is aimed at decision-makers who are responsible for high level planning decisions. It is the result of an intensive reflection and discussion process drawing from the findings of researchers and the contribution of practitioners at a variety of stakeholder, advocacy and implementation organizations. This aspect has improved the quality and relevance of the lessons and recommendations presented in the draft Guide. The session will feature the draft final version of the guide and provide a platform to discuss the recommendations.

This Archived Webinar is part of the GPURL Learning Series.

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About the Presenters

Sebastian Elbe

Senior Urban and Regional Planning Adviser, partner SPRINT 

Sebastian ELBE,  is a senior Urban and Regional Planning Adviser, partner SPRINT – scientific policy consulting (Germany), involved in consulting and evaluation projects concerning EU regional and rural development programs. He is an expert in spatial and land use planning implementation instruments with a focus on integrated approaches. He is also the coordinator of the “Advisory Group for Oman National Spatial Strategy” and engaged within UN Habitat, UNDP and MOMRA (Riyadh, KSA) for the Activation of Saudi National Spatial Strategy as well as for the World Bank. Sebastian holds a Ph.D. in socio-economics and a Diploma in Engineering (Spatial Planning) from Technical University Dortmund (Germany).

Fuad Malkawi

Senior Urban Development Specialist , World Bank

Fuad Malkawi a senior urban development specialist at the World Bank in the South Asia region. His work focuses mainly on spatial development and metropolitan planning. Fuad has led the preparation of master plans and downtown revitalization plans for several major cities around the world.  He holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas. Fuad is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) at the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Canada.

Suleiman Abu Kharmeh

Chief Technical Adviser (UNDP) – National Spatial Strategy, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MOMRA) – Saudi Arabia

Suleiman Abu Kharmeh is a Professor in Regional and Urban Planning. He obtained his Ph.D in Regional Development Planning – University of Iowa 1991, has extensive experience in strategic, regional and urban planning in Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq and Syria, Lebanon, UAE, Palestine and Punjab – Pakistan.  He served as a Director for Regional Development Department in the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation – Jordan; Regional Planning Adviser, Supreme Council for Planning – Muscat; Faculty Staff – Regional Planning Department and Dean – Faculty of Planning and Management – Balqa Applied University -Jordan; and Senior Regional Planning Adviser (UN-DESA) – Ministry of Economy and Planning- Saudi Arabia. Currently, he is a Chief Technical Adviser (UNDP) – National Spatial Strategy, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MOMRA) – Saudi Arabia. Dr. Abu- Kharmeh’s areas of expertise have included National Spatial Strategies, National Urban Polices, Capacity Development, and SDG’s integration and localization, preparation of strategies for cities’ development and growth, Strategic Economic Planning, local development governance, planning standards and regulations, community development and SME’s promotion.

David Mason

Urban Development Specialist, World Bank

David Mason is an Urban Development Specialist with the World Bank in the South Asia Region. He specializes in urban planning, land administration, and housing and has been supported analytical and operational work with the Bank on these topics in various regions since 2013.  He has a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA and previously worked as a city planner in Southern California.

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Great presentation

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good learning series!

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