Local experts in Indonesia review a housing plan. Photo by: UN-Habitat

Global urbanization means cities are home to the majority of the world's population. Ensuring these cities are safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable has therefore become a priority of global development, and urban planning professionals can play a critical role in achieving this.

“Urban planning is the core of smart cities because it is not the technology that builds the city, it is the people and their perception of the use of the technology itself,” said Nuha Eltinay, director of urban planning and sustainable development for the City Development Strategy Program at the Arab Urban Development Institute.

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