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Welcome to World Urban Parks - the new international organisation representing the vibrant urban parks, open space and recreation sector. At a time when urban growth will see 70 percent of the world's population living in urban areas by 2050, sharing knowledge and providing a collective voice for all people and organisations engaged in green cities, open space, recreation, health and related activity is vital. Together we want to build healthy, liveable and sustainable communities. Come join us!

A Statement from the Chair of World Urban Parks - #NatureNeverCloses

Concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak continue to grip our world. As an organization, World Urban Parks advocates and supports the power of parks, open spaces, and nature as essential resources for health and wellness.  World Urban Parks understands that communities may have questions and concerns about visiting their local parks, trails or open spaces at this time.

The USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has flagged mental health as a top concern associated with the COVID-19 outbreak with the World Health Organization (WHO) addressing mental health considerations amongst the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognize that stay-at-home measures and physical distancing will likely take a toll on our mental health, especially during high-stress and anxiety-producing global public health emergencies. We also know from research documents how important parks, open space and nature are to provide that “nature fix” for human survival – providing opportunities for physical activity and regaining our emotional, psychological and mental balance all of which are critical to reducing stress and improving our physical and mental health.

We believe that many parks and trails, open spaces and nature can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. In all instances, we strongly recommend people follow Government directives and guidelines regarding the use of these spaces and recognize that these vary from community to community. *

We encourage local jurisdictions to keep parks and trails and nature and open spaces accessible as long as it is safe to do so.

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Statement on Postponement of 2020 World Congress


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World Parks Academy

The World Parks Academy (WPA) works to recognise and develop the credentials of parks and recreation professionals around the world with an accreditation system.

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World Congress
The 2019 World Congress is fast-approaching. We will be in Kazan, Russia this October 17th to the 20th. Don't miss out! Stay tuned for more information on our 2019 World Parks Congress!

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World Urban Parks recognizes the need for quality housing as well as equitable and fair access to quality open space. Parks can play a role in this effort. Housing and park advocates have long worked apart from, at times even at odds with, each other. Accessible parks are critical to quality affordable housing, and housing impacts and opportunities are essential considerations for park projects.

- Accessible parks near affordable housing
- Park development without displacement

World Urban Parks is committed to Parks and Housing for All.


Urban October is an opportunity for everyone to be part of the conversation about the challenges and opportunities created by the fast rate of change in our cities and towns. Each October, everyone interested in sustainable urbanization from national and local governments to universities, NGOs and communities is encouraged to hold or participate in activities, events, and discussions.

The month begins with World Habitat Day on the first Monday of the month, 5 October in 2020, and ends with World Cities Day on 31 October. 

Today 55 per cent of the world’s population live in cities and towns and the number is growing every day. The United Nation’s Agenda for Sustainable Development, and Sustainable Development Goal 11 “to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” puts sustainable urbanization at the centre of the global agendas for development. The adoption of the New Urban Agenda in 2016 has seen national and local governments embark on a transformative path towards making SDG11 a reality.

By engaging all stakeholders, cities can harness transformational change and ensure a better life for all in an urbanizing world.

Discover the full World Urban Parks Program here! This was put together by World Urban Parks and partners to participate in Urban October 2020!

Dear World Urban Parks Members,

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for World Urban Parks will be held electronically from August 23rd to August 30th. The AGM will be held via an electronic survey so that all members will have a week to participate at their convenience. Check back on August 23rd for the link!

The AGM will give an opportunity for members to see and comment on:

  • the annual report of World Urban Parks for the 2019/20 year
  • the audited financial reports for the 2019/20 year
  • the approval of Board Appointments
  • the approval of the appointment of the auditor and terms of that appointment
  • the proposed constitutional changes for Regional representation

A Statement from World Urban Parks: The importance of reconciliation - equity matters

The COVID19 global pandemic has highlighted the social, health and economic inequities in our communities.

World Urban Parks advocates and supports the power of parks, open spaces, and nature as essential resources for health and wellness and is working hard to ensure equitable access to quality parks and open spaces for ALL across the globe.

Public parks, trails, open spaces, and nature have served as places where people can find respite and seek peace and restoration. It is critical that we all address inequities in our society, that includes addressing inequities in access to parks and open spaces. World Urban Parks is committed to equal access for ALL.

Be part of the solution to ensure equitable access to quality parks and green space.

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World Urban Parks (WUP) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, through its Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC), are thrilled to announce an exciting partnership. The signing of a collaboration agreement formalizes the strong partnership between World Urban Parks and ICLEI for collaboration on the CitiesWithNature partnership initiative and the WUP campaign. Leveraging the individual and collective strengths of the two organizations, this partnership will establish a joint work programme on establishing sustainable urban areas that mainstream, protect, and enhance nature, and maximize the benefit derived from the ecosystem services and nature-based solutions that nature provides for all people and cities.

“The overall aim of this partnership is to reconnect communities with nature in and around urban areas and use the CitiesWithNature platform to facilitate this aim, for the benefit of all partners of the Partnership Initiative.  This partnership brings together two strong global organizations committed to advancing the protection and advancement of nature in urban environments for the health and well-being of all people and our planet,” says Jayne Miller, Chair of World Urban Parks.

ICLEI CBC acts globally on biodiversity and nature on behalf of ICLEI, representing the local and subnational government constituency in the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and is secretariat of the CitiesWithNature partnership initiative, on behalf of the founding partners: ICLEI, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the growing network of supporting partners.

World Urban Parks serves as the global voice for urban parks, nature and nature-based solutions providing advocacy, best practices, and bench-marking through global collaboration to resolve issues and increase knowledge and capacity for urban park professionals around the globe.

“We welcome World Urban Parks as a partner on CitiesWithNature. Urban parks and green open spaces provide opportunities for urban communities to enjoy and connect with nature, improving health and well-being. While we cannot all access our parks right now, we know that nature never closes and its multiple gifts continue to benefit our cities. Together we stand in solidarity with our cities to celebrate the value of nature and our urban parks, as we build resilient CitiesWithNature,” said Kobie Brand, Global Director: ICLEI CBC.

Both organizations look forward to working together to advance our joint vision for greener, healthier CitiesWithNature

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WUP Secretariat Coordinator

ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center


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