Symposium on the Future of Territorial Planning in Kosovo
Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure, in partnership with
UN-Habitat Kosovo, on Friday 25th organized the Symposium “The Future
of Territorial Planning in Kosovo”, which was attended by Mr. Albin Kurti,
Prime Minister of Kosovo, Mr. Liburn Aliu, Minister of Environment, Spatial
Planning and Infrastructure, Mrs. Ulrika Richardson, UN Development Coordinator,
Mr. Omar Siddique, Head of Office and Chief Technical Adviser of UN-Habitat in
Kosovo, as well as many local and international experts.
symposium was divided into three sessions, with the aim of elaborating the
topics related to territorial planning in Kosovo, and addressing the global
challenges for sustainable development, addressing the territorial, social,
environmental, and economic consequences.
this Symposium were discussed topics related to Institutional restructuring for
a more effective and sustainable spatial planning system; Territorial planning
approach for more balanced rural-urban development; and Integration of spatial
planning, land management and housing for sustainable development.
According to the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Mr. Albin Kurti, this symposium is important to pave the way for the development of a deeper and academic discourse on the territory, its planning and materialization, the engagement and interaction of professionals in various fields, civil society, and citizens in a more comprehensive planning process, and to join movements to protect the planet against global challenges.
Ulrika Richardson, UN Development Coordinator in Kosovo, pointed out that Spatial
Planning is like a mediation tool on how and for what and whom public space is
used. Therefore, she said, “it is also a critical tool for creating shared
values and social contract for equality, human rights, and progress for all, in
balance with nature and Kosovo’s green economic transition.”
according to the Minister of MESP Mr. Liburn Aliu, Kosovo is at an important
crossroads in terms of spatial planning, so thoughts need to be deepened so
that the level of academic discussion precedes the political decisions that
will be taken on the future of territorial planning in Kosovo. “Immediate
institutional commitment is necessary to build a more efficient and sustainable
spatial planning system in Kosovo,” said Aliu.
of Office and Chief Techincal Advisor of UN-Habitat Kosovo, Mr. Omar Siddique,
stressed out that UN-Habitat in Kosovo helps bridge the gap between the
technical and the policy dimensions of territorial planning and supports
central and local leaders to better communicate with their technical planning
departments and ask the right questions.
correct policies on density, land use, public space and the layout of
infrastructure and services influence both the urban and rural form and
patterns. Knowing how to choose the pattern that best delivers the needs of a city,
and its surrounding rural region is a key skill successful central and local
leaders must develop”, he said.