- Education -- to help educate members of the community about planning's positive impacts on community livability;
- Celebration -- to highlight planning achievements;
- Recognition -- honor people involved in the planning process.
Since 1988, this special day has become an annual event celebrated by the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning, Peninsular Malaysia. WTPD 2008 shall be held on conjunction with the International Year of the Earth 2008. However, in Malaysia a joint seminar and exhibition on Harmonious Cities for World Habitat Day and The Way Forward on Sustainability for World Town Planning Day 2008 will be held on 5th-7 th November 2008 at Putrjaya International Convention Centre (PICC). This year WTPD 2008 theme is Planning for Sustainability.