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Launch of the Online Programme & Launch of the Survey of the Built Environment Professions in the Commonwealth

22 June 2020

The Commonwealth Association of Planners is delighted to invite interested professionals to the launch of a programme of events focused on a call to action on sustainable urbanisation across the Commonwealth.


Date Time: Wednesday June 24th, 2020 13:00PM Rwanda, 12:00PM UK, 11:00AM UTC

Registration is available here


Due to limited capacity on the Zoom webinar this event will be also be live streamed on YouTube via this link .  We would be most pleased for you to share this YouTube link and details of the event and programme with all others in your organisation or in your network whom you think may be interested. 

As part of preparations for the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that was due to be held in Kigali, Rwanda this month, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Commonwealth Association of Architects, the Commonwealth Association of Planners, and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, with support from The Prince’s Foundation, the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure, the Rwandan Ministry of Local Government, the Commonwealth Engineers Council and others, have been working together to promote sustainable urbanisation in the Commonwealth.

With nearly 50% of the projected increase in the world’s urban population to 2050 forecast to be in the Commonwealth, there has never been a more important time for members of the Commonwealth to come together to tackle the challenges of climate change and rapid urbanisation; challenges which have now been compounded by the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.
A Programme of online sessions has been created, all of which focus on engaging with the theme of sustainable urbanisation in the Commonwealth. The programme will be officially launched in this webinar by:


  • HRH The Prince of Wales 

This event will be chaired by Ms Dyan Currie AM , President of the Commonwealth Association of Planners with contributions from:


  • Hon Claver Gatete, Minister of Infrastructure, Rwanda

  • Mr Kalim Siddiqui, President, Commonwealth Association of Architects

  • Rev Mpho Moruakgomo, President, Commonwealth Local Government Forum

  • Dr Joanna Newman, Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities

The launch event will be immediately followed by the first in the series of webinars; this will present the key findings of the Survey of the Built Environment Professions in the Commonwealth. This will be presented by Mr Peter Oborn, Senior Vice President at the Commonwealth Association of Architects, followed by a panel discussion which will include:


  • Dr David Howard, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

  • Mr VK Madavan, Chief Executive, WaterAid, India

  • Prof Barbara Norman, University of Canberra, Australia

  • Ms Astrid Haas, International Growth Centre, Uganda

We expect to hear from the voices of Youth, City Mayors and others in the Q&A section, during which there will also be time for live questions from the audience.
The webinars that are to follow this session are as follows:


  • w/c 29th June – Feedback from the Frontline of COVID-19

  • w/c 6th July -  Planning for Rapid Urbanisation in a Post-COVID-19 World

  • w/c 13th July – Building Political Leadership and Strengthening Decentralisation in Urban Areas

  • w/c 20th July – Upskilling Professional Capacity for Climate Change and the Recovery

  • w/c 27th July – Sustainable Urbanisation and Local Economic Development in the context of COVID-19

  • w/c 3rd August – Building Infrastructure-led Community Resilience

  • w/c 10th August – Achieving Safe and Affordable Housing for All

  • w/c 17th August – Climate Responsive Design

  • w/c 24th August – Sustainable Urbanisation and Small Island Developing States

  • w/c 31st August – Towards a Call to Action and Next Steps & Close of the Programme

In order to ensure we hear from a wide range of voices from across the Commonwealth and from different sectors it may not be possible to guarantee you a space in the above webinars. However, we anticipate streaming the majority of them live to YouTube so if you find all places have been allocated, the YouTube details will be publicised on our social media. 
We are also holding a series of 7 lectures for built environment professionals in parallel to the main programme:


  • Thursday 2nd July – Introduction to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

  • Thursday 9th July – Planning for Rapid Urbanisation

  • Thursday 16th July – Planned City Extensions

  • Thursday 23rd July – Resilient Infrastructure

  • Thursday 30th July – Climate Responsive Design

  • Thursday 6th August – Heritage-Led Regeneration

  • Thursday 13th August – Sustainable Outcomes Guide

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