The certificate and Trophy of this prestigious and competitive award was given on June 5 2007 by the president of the Canadian Institute of Planning (CIP) in Canada.
Since 1983, CIP has been bestowing awards to honour planning projects judged on their excellence, innovation, contribution to the body of professional knowledge, implementation potential, and presentation. In 2007, there were 67 applicants for the awards that were presented in 12 categories. UN-HABITAT and Ecoplan won the award in the category of international development.
In 2005, UN-HABITAT in collaboration with Ecoplan International developed training series on ‘Promoting Local Economic Development through Strategic Planning’. UN-HABITAT has been actively disseminating and promoting this series through its training and capacity building activities, and technical support projects around the world. In addition, the guide and portions of it have been translated into French, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese and Romanian. Other translations are planned, including Portuguese and Swahili. To expand global reach and to respond to demand, UN-HABITAT and EcoPlan International are currently developing a Trainer’s Companion guide that will include: Pre-Training Support Tools; Core Trainer Support Tools; and, Post Training Evaluation Tools
The Canadian Institute of Planners, founded in 1919, is the national professional institute and certification body for the planning profession in Canada. CIP counts over 7,000 member planners in Canada and abroad.