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 (ACU), the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), 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.
This event will be hosted jointly by the ACU and the CAA and will focus on the findings of the Survey of the Built Environment Professions and the need to build capacity and capability to better respond to the challenges created by climate change and rapid urbanisation.
The session will be chaired by:
* Ms Sithabile Mathe, Commonwealth Association of Architects, Chair of the Validation Committee
* Mr Alex Wright, Head of Policy, Association of Commonwealth Universities
The panel will include:
* Ms Mina Hasman, Skidmore Owings and Merrill
* Eng Papias Kazawadi, Institution of Engineers
* Mr Phillip Luhl, Namibia University of Science and Technology
* Mr Alex Ndibwami, Teaching and Learning Enhancement, University of Rwanda
* Prof Barbara Norman, University of Canberra
* Dr Philippa Tumubweinee, University of Cape Town
* Ms Geetika Anand, Indian Institute of Human Settlements