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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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2019 International Large Urban Parks Award - Gold

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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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News & Announcements

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


World Park Leaders Grow Here – In a time of crisis (COVID19)

As the world faces its first crisis for this century in COVID19 and that it will touch us all in one way or another, it is important that as leaders in the urban park sector we understand the importance of our role and the contributions that parks will play in the response and
recovery. It has been said that the true test of leadership is the response during a crisis.

And leadership is not just the domain of governments; we all have a role to play.

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The call for presentations is OPEN! You can submit your abstract for consideration by the planning committee by completing the registration.

You do not need to be a member to register and we encourage everyone to submit a topical abstract to the Congress theme. Thank you! *Registration is for Abstract Submissions Only.  

The World Congress 2020 will be November 5 - 7, 2020. The 2020 World Congress theme is Parks for All. When we think about cities, we imagine how we want our neighbourhoods to really be. Our vision is open green spaces where we can meet each other, places we can plan the perfect day for a picnic, a concert, a farmer's market, whatever we feel, as only parks can give us that sense of community and a chance to reconnect. Ultimately parks make us happier & healthier.

Dear World Urban Parks Members,

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for World Urban Parks will be held electronically from August 25th to August 31st. The AGM will be held via an electronic survey so that all members will have a week to participate at their convenience.

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

  • The Annual Report of World Urban Parks for the 2018/19 year.
  • The Audited Financial Reports for the 2018/19 year.
  • Approve Board Appointments.
  • Appointment of the request for auditor proposals.

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"On behalf of the World Urban Parks and Republic of Tatarstan, we are delighted to invite you to this year’s World Congress in Kazan, Tatarstan from the 18th October 2019. The Congress Committee has prepared an exciting and diverse programme of lectures and technical visits. We hope you will be able to participate in this very special event and we look forward to welcoming you there”. Natalia Fishman-Bekmambetova & Kevin Halpenny

World Urban Park Congress Theme: Parks and Cities - Development for Sustainability & Health

  • Development of public places for people.
  • Community leadership for liveable cities.
  • Sustainability and management for healthy cities.
  • Smart city technologies for urban environment and public spaces.
  • Designing cities for nature.

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