Planning for resilient urbanisation

Planning for resilient urbanisation

Day 1
16:15 – 17:45
Fortress Suite


The session takes place acknowledging that urbanisation is a leading global trend that will have profound long term impacts. Now more than half of the world’s population live in cities and by 2050 this will rise to 70%. Cities are home to extreme deprivation and environmental degradation with one billion people living in slums. At the same time, roughly 75% of global economic activity is urban, and as the urban population grows, so will the urban share of global GDP and investments.

The session will cite people’s participation as an essential element of planning for sustainable cities and human settlements. This has been articulated in SDG 11, which calls for cities and human settlements, which are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Goal 11 also calls for processes that enhance people’s participation.

The session will identify the many different characteristics of governance systems (specifically at the local and national level) that need to be in place to enable inclusion (for example of: women; young people; people with disabilities; LGBTI people) and so make cities and human settlements resilient.



(CHAIR) Vijay Krishnarayan

Vijay Krishnarayan Commonwealth People's Forum 2015 speakerVijay Krishnarayan is the Director of the Commonwealth Foundation. He has supported civil society organisations in the United Kingdom, Caribbean and the wider Commonwealth over the last 25 years.

A land-use planner by training, he has a special interest in the relationship between development and the environment. Before joining the Commonwealth Foundation in 2006, he spent over a decade in the Caribbean, most notably as Managing Partner for the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), one of the region's sustainable development think tanks.

Kunlé Adeyemi

Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, urbanist and designer. His recent work includes 'Makoko Floating School', an innovative, prototype, floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos. This acclaimed project is part of an extensive research project - 'African Water Cities' - being developed by NLÉ, an architecture, design, and urbanism practice founded by Adeyemi in 2010 with a focus on developing cities and communities. NLÉ is currently developing a number of urban, research and architectural projects in Africa; one of which is Chicoco Radio Media Center; an amphibious building in Delta city of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.

Born and raised in Nigeria, Adeyemi studied architecture at the University of Lagos where he began his early practice, before joining Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 2002. At OMA he led the design, development and execution of several large prestigious projects around the world including the Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower in China, the Qatar National Library in Doha and Prada Transformer in Seoul. Adeyemi was one of 5 members of the International Advisory Council for the World Design Capital 2014, a juror for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, a Fellow of the World Technology Network, an international speaker and lecturer at various institutions. He is currently the Gensler Visiting Critic at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Dyan Currie

Dyan Currie Commonwealth People's Forum speakerDyan Currie is the President of the Commonweatlh Association of Planners, representing approximately 40 000 planners around the Commonwealth and also the Director of Planning and Environment at the City of Gold Coast (Australia’s second largest local authority.

She has extensive experience in leadership and management in strategic planning, business process improvements and development assessment. She has a strong track record of delivering major projects across a diverse range of planning programs and enjoys a strong professional network across all levels of government, the development industry and the planning profession. Dy is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern Queensland and a member of UN Habitat’s Policy Unit Experts preparing for Habitat III.

Dy is the Immediate Past National President and a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

She is also a Fellow of the Urban Development Institute of Australia and is known for her commitment to working with the Development Industry and for her proactive attitude and results driven approach.

Lucy Slack

Lucy Slack is the Deputy-Secretary General of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum. She has particular responsibility for policy and for the development and management of CLGF’s capacity building projects and relationships across the Commonwealth. She coordinates the work of CLGF’s programme offices in Fiji, South Africa, Ghana, India and Sri Lanka.

Before working for the CLGF, Lucy Slack worked for the Local Government International Bureau, and was responsible for the day to day management of a UK government funded programme of support to local authorities in Central and Eastern Europe. She also worked for a number of years in the planning and economic development department of a local authority, and as a teacher of English in a school in Hungary.

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