Commonwealth Sustainable Urbanisation Programme: Upskilling Professional Capacity for Climate Change and the Recovery

This online session is part of a programme of events focused on a call to action on sustainable urbanisation across the Commonwealth.

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22 Jul 2020
12:00-13:30 BST

This online event, hosted jointly by the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Commonwealth Association of Architects, will focus on the findings of the ‘Survey of the Built Environment Professions in the Commonwealth’ and the need to build capacity and capability to better respond to the challenges created by climate change and rapid urbanisation. 

Opening remarks will be given by:

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

The session will be chaired by:

  • Mr Alex Wright, Head of Policy, Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Ms Sithabile Mathe, Commonwealth Association of Architects, Chair of the Validation Committee

The panel will include:

  • Ms Mina Hasman, Head of Sustainability, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, London
  • Eng Papias Kazawadi, Immediate Past President, Institution of Engineers, Rwanda
  • Mr Phillip Luhl, Head of Department, Architecture and Spatial Planning, Namibia University of Science and Technology
  • Mr Alex Ndibwami, Director, Teaching and Learning Enhancement, University of Rwanda
  • Prof Barbara Norman, Chair of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra
  • Dr Philippa Tumubweinee, Head of School, Department of Architecture, University of Cape Town
  • Ms Geetika Anand, Consultant, Indian Institute of Human Settlements

There will be plenty of time for an interactive Q&A section, with live questions from the audience.

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As part of preparations for the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that was due to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, 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. For more information please head to:


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