The mission of IUPEA is:

– to foster the exchange of empirically-based information that can contribute to understanding and solving urban environmental conflicts;
– to encourage research concerning ways in which urban planning can aid in this, and;
– to assist in communicating this knowledge through publication programs and meetings.

A series of international symposiums organized under the auspices of the IUPEA serves these ends by bringing together public officials, representatives of NGOs, researchers, planning professionals and environmental managers to hear and to critically respond to presentations based on experiences with initiatives to improve environmental living conditions in communities throughout the world. The formal and informal exchanges which take place at these events have proven to be a valuable source of ideas for designing new programs in still other communities, and in developing a network of people concerned with urban environmental quality and the environmental impacts of cities.