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Young Planners Network Launch Young People Engagement Survey

April 23, 2020

The CAP Young Planners Network is delighted to launch a Planning Survey for young people and planning professionals. This survey will gather insights from young people and built environment professionals in the Commonwealth about what’s needed to ensure young people are actively involved in shaping their communities through Planning ...

NEW BLOG POST | Planning in the UK with COVID-19

April 19, 2020

As with many Commonwealth countries, the Corona virus COVID-19, started to make itself felt around the end of February and into early March.  As the number of cases rose, UK Government measures went from the advisory – washing hands frequently, bumping elbows in greeting, standing 2 metres apart – to the compulsory by the 24th March.  Whilst not using the word “lockdown”, the measures introduced by the Government came close to ...

CAP COVID-19 Statement

March 29, 2020

These are unprecedented times for our world and CAP is conscious that we are all exceptionally busy and focussed on helping our immediate families and communities at this time. It is a period of stress and anxiety for our membership and also a time that is demonstrating the importance of well-designed and functioning cities - in particular the importance of local and regional governments, public servants, health officials and all involved in service delivery ...

Olafiyin Taiwo appointed as leader of CAPs Young Planners Network

March 25, 2020

CAP is hugely delighted to announce Olafiyin Taiwo as the new leader of CAPs Young Planners Network. Olafiyin was selected from a very strong field of applicants and takes over from Viral Desai who built up the Network from scratch and will continue to support the Network ...

Young Planners Coordinator

February 09, 2020

The Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) is looking for a new CAP Young Planners Coordinator.  Is this the role for you?

We are looking for enthusiastic leader who can network and ensure that the goals of the CAP and the CAP Young Planners’ Network can be achieved across the Commonwealth.  The purpose of the CAP Young Planners’ Network is to connect and mobilise planning students and young planners across the Commonwealth to help address the needs of young planners ... 

CAP Newsletter - December 2019

December 16, 2019

It’s been a very busy year for Commonwealth Planners working around the world. We’ve seen legislative change in many countries, very significant examples of high-quality inclusionary planning with culture and equity at the heart of processes, a highly successful awards program and multiple research programs into helping members with the challenges facing them on a daily basis in our profession.  Follow below link for highlights of recent activities ...

50th Anniversary of Ghana Institute of Planners (GIP)

December 01, 2019

On the 8-9th November 2019, the Ghana Institute of Planners (GIP) held its 48th Annual General Conference and 50th Anniversary under the theme “GIP @50; PLANNING FOR GHANA BEYOND AID”.  The objective of this Conference was to celebrate the accomplishments in planning in Ghana and in the sub-region as well as share relevant information and knowledge on the subject matter of “Planning for Ghana beyond aid”. The event also provided an excellent opportunity for participants to reconnect, fraternize and network for professional development. Read full report here ...

2019 CAP Awards: Winners Announced!

November 10, 2019

The winners of the 2019 CAP Awards for Outstanding Planning Achievement in the Commonwealth were announced on the 9th November 2019 at the 50th anniversary conference of the Ghana Institute of Planners in Accra, Ghana.  Entries were reviewed by the independent judging panel consisting of: Trudi Elliot CBE (Chair), Kristin Agnello, Dr Carol Archer, Viral Desai, Emeritus Professor Cliff Hague OBE and Professor Barbara Norman ...

World Town Planning Day 2019

November 07, 2019

A World Town Planning Day 2019 message from the CAP President and Presidents of the Global Planners Network associations.

At its heart, planning is about equity: it serves to balance the competing demands and needs of all people and of the built and natural environment.  Planning seeks to act in the public interest to ensure fairness in the use of land and resources between those in need of housing, of jobs, of services and of infrastructure and those whose lives, property or outlooks might be harmed by such development ...

President Dyan Currie meets with UN Habitat Executive Director

October 30, 2019

President Dyan Currie met with UN Habitat Executive Director General Maimunah Mohd Sharif recently while in Russia on 31/10 for the UN Habitat World Cities Day Observance.    Ms Sharif is a planner by trade and was the Mayor of the City Council of Penang Malaysia before commencing office in UNH in 2018.    Ms Sharif and President Currie were discussing the role of Stakeholders in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  President Currie is also the Co-Chair of the Stakeholder Advisory Group which was created in May as an global level consultative body and  advisory body to the  Executive Director.    

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17-20 October 2016 - Quito, Ecuador

Habitat III is a major global summit on housing and sustainable development held every 20 years and was last held in October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador. The formal title is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development. The conference focussed on the sustainable development of towns, cities and settlements and is likely to adopt a new agenda for that sustainable development known as the New Urban Agenda which will be a new global strategy for urbanization. CAP was represented at Habitat III by President Dyan Currie and other member groups are also likely to attend this crucial event.

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