The Board of World Urban Parks is also proud to announce our first Ambassador, Gil Penalosa.  Gil was the inaugural Chair of World Urban Parks and has guided the organisation over the last three years.  In that time, we have been able to transition successfully and establish many key programs.  The Board extends its thanks to Gil for his leadership and that he is so committed to World Urban Parks to take on this role.
The Ambassador(s) (up to a maximum of four) will play a key role in:

  •  advocating and representing the organisation in conjunction with the Chair and CEO
  • achieving WUP’s vision and mission

They will work closely with the Chair and CEO and will participate in many of our events and they will be appointed for a maximum of two 3 years terms.

David Cochrane – Chair of the Board Selection Panel
On behalf of the World Urban Parks Board

Gil Penalosa - Ambassador for World Urban Parks

Three years ago, I was honoured to be chosen as Chair of World Urban Parks. However, due to time limitations, I have asked not to be considered for the next term. As I step down, I want to thank all of the magnificent individuals who have given their time so freely and so passionately to make a difference.
It would be an understatement to say that it is an exciting time to be working on urban parks at a global scale. We have done quite a lot, yet the process has shown us that much more remains to be done. The world urban population will double from 3.5 billion to over 7.0 billion in the next 40 years. This means that half of the communities that will exist within the lifetime of our children have not been built yet. This represents a magnificent opportunity as well as an enormous responsibility to support the development of parks and open spaces as critical elements in creating vibrant cities and healthy communities where all citizens can live healthier and happier lives.
Being involved and making a difference has been a key theme for me as Chair of World Urban Parks and will continue to support these missions in my new role as the first World Ambassador to the Organization.
Finally, the WUP Board is a diverse group of dynamic, respected and knowledgeable professionals who are always ready to meet challenges and contribute time and advice in the interest of our members.
I would like to thank them and our members for the passion you bring to the organisation and I look forward, as Ambassador to the coming year where we can build on our momentum and further our agenda on a global scale.
Gil Penalosa
World Urban Parks Ambassador