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Commonwealth Association of Planners Webinar Series

Webinar 1 : Food Security And Planning In The Commonwealth

Duration: 1 hour

Date: November 17, 2014
Wayne Caldwell, PhD, RPP
MCIP Director and Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Commonwealth Food Security and Planning Work Group.
Ian Sinclair, FPIA
Principal Consultant, Edge Land Planning, Bowral, New South Wales, Australia
Member of Food Security and Planning working Group. Presentation on “Feeding the City – Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Production for urban areas.”

Webinar 2: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & the Urban Agenda
(Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes)
Asia/Pacific Region Recording with Andrew Rudd (Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes)

Date: February 26, 2015

Christine Platt, CAP
The Role of Planners concerning SDGs and the Urban Agenda
Dr. Asad Mohammed, CNULM
Background to Caribbean Urban Agenda and Caribbean Urban Forum within CARICOM
Andrew Rudd, Urban Environment Officer for UN-Habitat
Based in New York from for the Urban Planning & Design Branch in Nairobi, where he lived and worked for five years. In New York he leads substantive advocacy for the Post-2015 Development Agenda (including the development of the urban component of the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals) and manages a portfolio of projects related to reducing urban sprawl and improving landscape connectivity. He was the project manager of UN-Habitat’s Urban Patterns for a Green Economy publication and Urban Edge photographic investigation, and was part of UN-Habitat’s delegation to Rio+20. Andrew was also one of the authors of Cities and Biodiversity Outlook. Previously at the UN, Andrew worked as an architect managing the UN Secretary-General’s Residence. Before that, he worked for six years in the private sector in New York on retail, residential and transport planning projects. Since then he has been a guest critic at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation and a guest lecturer at several schools of New York University. Andrew studied architecture at Yale and city design at LSE.

Webinar 3: Sustainable Energy, Utilization and the Urban Habitat 
Duration: 1 hour 1 minute
Date: April 9, 2015

Dr. Asad Mohammed, Director of the Caribbean Network for Urban Land Management (CNULM) blueSpace
Dr. Mohammed has practiced throughout the Caribbean since 1983 in the areas of urban planning, land and housing issues, public policy analysis, programme development and evaluation. During this time, he has prepared numerous studies and technical reports, organized and coordinated short courses, conferences and training workshops, and published and presented papers on the subjects of development planning, low income housing and human settlements planning, land administration and tenure, transportation policy, social infrastructure, informal sector development, and EIA/SIA. Dr. Mohammed is currently the Coordinator of the Graduate Programme in Urban and Regional Planning, at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, which he helped establish in 1994. He has also served as a principal participant in action research programs in the region addressing socially sustainable cities and community planning in low-income marginalized urban communities. He has also done extensive public service, including serving as the Chairman of the (Interim) National Physical Planning Commission. His social development activities have included serving as a founding director of Sou-Sou Lands and working with the National Land Tenants and Rate payers Association. Asad holds a Master’s degree in Regional Planning and a PhD in City Planning from Cornell University.

Webinar 4: African Planning Association – The Challenges Of A Regional Professional Association (Special Caribbean Urban Forum Presentation)
Duration: 1 hour
Date: June 11, 2015

Presenters: Mr. Waheed A. Kadiri, Past President, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, and Chairman, African Planning Association
The formation of the African Planning Association (APA) started with what is now known as the Durban Declaration adopted in 2002 by planners across Africa at the Planning Africa Conference organized by South African Planning Institute. By 2012, 23 national planning institutions (professional bodies) from the 55 African countries had signed up to APA. The main objectives of APA are to contribute to growth and development of Africa through better spatial/ physical planning and creation of a Pan- African movement as a platform for planning profession to shape urbanization agenda in Africa considering the unprecedented rapid urbanization on the continent.

The question to ask is, since 2002 (over twelve years ago) how far has the Association moved?  This presentation will show that the success achieved has been limited due a lack of organizational structure, poor finance, multiple language and border control, limited number of planners with different training backgrounds and colonial heritage. Other challenges include the dominance of earlier international bodies such as Commonwealth Association of Planners.  Lessons to learn from APA experience include how to manage connectivity/ common language, governmental endorsement, minimization of inter-regional rivalry and cooperation amongst regional political blocks. Other lessons include bilateral relationships with donor agencies and foundations, and simple and easy-to-understand constitution.
The event will be broadcast from the Caribbean Urban Forum in St. Lucia, West Indies, and will be followed by a question and answer period with the presenter and representatives of the Commonwealth Association of Planners and the Caribbean Planners Association.

“The State of Planning in Africa , An Overview” Full Report

Webinar 5: ‘Planning for our children’s, children’s, children’
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Duration: 1 hour
Date: September 3, 2015

Presenters: Pam Ewen, Strategic Development Planning Manager at TAYplan
Since TAYplan’s inception in 2009, Pam Ewen has been in charge of the Strategic Development Planning Authority for the Dundee and Perth City Region in Scotland. Within 3 years TAYplan won the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) overall UK award for Excellence in Planning, the Silver Jubilee Cup. Pam is Convenor of RTPI in Scotland during 2015. Before moving to TAYplan she worked for 9 years as a planning manager with Fife Council leading strategic planning, economic policy, research and information, and the development of the 7 large strategic developments areas across Fife. After graduating in the early 1990’s from Strathclyde University she commenced her career in Local Government in Ayr before moving to Central Region and then Clackmannanshire working across development management, project implementation and development planning. Pam has a degree in Town Planning and an MBA. She is a member of the RTPI, member of Heads of Planning Scotland Executive and is a Board member of the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre. Pam is moving to Fife Council in late September to head up planning.

The presentation ’Planning for our children’s, children’s, children’ will set out the importance of involving young people in how they can shape the future of their places. Pam will explore the different ways in which TAYplan has engaged with young people and the success this has had. The presentation is intended to share good practice and to stimulate some discussion with young planners across the Commonwealth and other areas of good practice.

For more information, visit the CAP Young Planners Blog website at:

Webinar 6: 101 Things about planning you didn’t learn at university 
Duration: 1 hour
Date:  3rd February, 2016

Presenter: Robin King-Cullen LFPIA CPP – author of “Mastering the Art of Planning – 100 Stories from Urban Planning Practice”
The presentation focusses on the tricky bits of planning you don’t learn about at university; the joys and perils of being a planner and how to stay focussed on planning principles in the face of the political, community and process pressures experienced in planning practice. Presentation content draws on the wisdom of scores of seasoned planning professionals who generously shared their early career learnings in “Mastering the Art of Planning – 100 Stories from Urban Planning Practice” for the benefit of those who follow in their footsteps. Robin will also share one more piece of wisdom that is not included in her book.

Prior to establishing her own consultancy business in 2004, Robin had nearly 30 years experience in local government across rural, regional and metropolitan Councils in Australia including 11 years at Department Head level. Her experience covers rural and urban town planning (both statutory and strategic); public policy development; community consultation and dispute resolution; and governance. After selling The Planning Academy in early 2014 Robin has concentrated on sharing her own (and others’) workplace experiences in planning practice with planning students and early-career professionals. Her current business, “Planning Secrets”, records the real-life stories of experienced town planners about lessons they learned from town planning practice – what they were doing, what happened, what they learnt and what advice they would give young planners as a result.
For more information visit the CAP Young Planners Blog website at:

Webinar 7: UN-Habitat Global Public Space Programme

Duration:  1 hour
Date: 16th June, 2016
Presenter: Md Sohel Rana, Monitoring and Capacity Development Specialist at UN-Habitat

UN Sustainable Development Goal 11, Target 11.7:

“By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities”

The UN-Habitat Global Public Space programme aims to improve the quality of public spaces worldwide. Increasingly considered the backbone of cities, public spaces are sites which are accessible and enjoyable by all without a profit motive and take on various spatial forms, including parks, streets, sidewalks, markets and playgrounds. Good public spaces enhance community cohesion and promote health, happiness, and well-being for all citizens. The programme is facilitated in more than 20 countries across the globe working primarily with cities and local governments for creation and management of public spaces at a local level.

For more information on the UN-Habitat Global Space Programme, visit

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