Summit of International Organizations

Oct 23-25

An international action plan for solving global issues through design.

Designing for the future.

A 10-year, design-driven international action plan.

Creating a world that is environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially equitable and culturally diverse.
WORLD DESIGN SUMMIT – PREPARATORY CONFERENCE – GWANGJU, KOREA. 2015 A historic gathering of 50 international organizations, all with a common objective: developing an international action plan for harnessing the power of design to address pressing global challenges. International organizations representing design, architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture, are coming together for the first time with representatives of intergovernmental and supranational organizations and specialized agencies, such as UNESCO, OECD, UNEP and ICLEI. The first World Design Summit Meeting, set to take place in Montréal on October 23-25 2017, will be an unprecedented moment of global unity in seeking design-driven solutions. Together, the participants will develop and put forth a declaration and 10-year implementation framework for continued international collaboration towards the shared objective: designing a better world for all.

The Declaration

The main objective of the World Design Summit Meeting is the development of a joint Declaration – a position statement that will identify the unique role, capacities and value of design and design-related disciplines.

The Declaration will also propose an implementation framework for continued international collaboration.

4 Main Planks

The Declaration will specifically outline how design impacts and can better serve:
  • Economy
  • Culture
  • Environment
  • Society

The Road to Convergence

Many years in the making, the World Design Summit Meeting seeks to galvanize the resources and skills of the international design, planning, architecture and landscape architecture communities and share a bold vision of a design-driven future. In 2015, the International Design Congress “Eeum: Design Connects” held in Gwangju, Korea, was the first step towards a truly inclusive, multidisciplinary and cross-sectional collaboration. Seven international organizations representing industrial design, interior design, interaction design, graphic and communication design, landscape architecture and housing and planning jointly declared design’s critical role in shaping the world that meets global development goals fostering sustainability, equity, diversity and longterm economic viability. Since then, additional INGO’s continue to join the process, in alignment with this principle. The road to convergence has been forged by focusing on that which is common between the disciplines and on the shared desire to strategically actuate the unique capacity of design to address pressing global needs.

Participating Organizations

Attend as an Organization

The World Design Summit Meeting is a significant international design policy and advocacy initiative.

If your international organization is interested in joining the process or attending as an observer, contact the World Design Summit Organization Secretariat.

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