CSCI Official Side Event at CHOGM 2022 – High Level Segment

This Official Side Event provides an important opportunity to convene key Commonwealth stakeholders, to present the Call to Action, share good practice and explore opportunities to mobilise the Commonwealth, to identify priorities and actions to advance the Call to Action at the CHOGM and beyond. The Side Event will directly contribute to the overarching CHOGM theme of ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’ and will complement the work being undertaken in other forums. People are at the heart of the Commonwealth agenda and this event will focus on approaches that ensure citizens are at the heart of making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Recognising the reality that 60% of the Commonwealth population is under 30 there will be a particular focus on integrating the voices of young leaders and professionals into the dialogue. This interactive programme will provide a natural segue into the closing segment of the Business Forum on Thursday 23 June, which is being organised by the Rwanda Development Board, supported by the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council. For more information on this event email For more information about CHOGM 2022, click here.

programme – wednesday 22 june


Ms Eleanor Mohammed, President, Commonwealth Association of Planners

Hon Dr Ernest Nsabimana, Minister, Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure


Ms Lucy Slack, Secretary General, Commonwealth Local Government Forum, UK

This panel will focus on the need for multi-level and multi-sectoral cooperation to achieve sustainable
urbanisation – what has to change to make this a reality and how could the Commonwealth network support
more integrated development?


Mr Stephen Twigg, Secretary General, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, UK


HE Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN Habitat, Nairobi
Mr Bernard Wagner, Mayor, Belize City Council, Belize
Hon Thembi Nkadimeng, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Cooperative Governance &
Traditional Affairs, South Africa

This panel will focus on the importance of economic development and opportunity in cities, and strategies to
ensure more sustainable and long-term access to resources for inclusive urban development. Local taxation and
own source revenue mobilisation are critical, but this must be reinforced with private sector investment – what
will this mean for governments, cities, and citizens in the future?


Ms Lucy Slack, Secretary General, Commonwealth Local Government Forum, UK


Ms Astrid Haas, Urban Economist, Uganda
Mayor Pudence Rubingisa, Mayor of Kigali, Rwanda
Mr Daniel Ogbonnaya, Country Representative Rwanda, Global Green Growth Institute


Mr Peter Oborn, Senior Vice President, Commonwealth Association of Architects, UK

Closing remarks

Cllr Rev Mpho Moruakgomo, Chairperson, Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Botswana

Mr Abhik Sen, Head of Innovation and Partnerships, Commonwealth Secretariat

expected outputs

  • A shared understanding and vision for the Call to Action on Sustainable Urbanisation across the Commonwealth
  • Recommendations and key messages that support the ambitions of the Call to Action
  • Agreement and announcement of commitments to practical action
  • The beginning of an inclusive Commonwealth dialogue towards accelerating collaborative action across the
  • Commonwealth that addresses the sustainable urbanisation agenda.

the partners

The Call to Action on Sustainable Urbanisation across the Commonwealth has been developed jointly by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), in collaboration with the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure, the Rwandan Ministry of Local Government and The Prince’s Foundation, with support from other Commonwealth organisations, governmental, professional and technical partners. To read and download the full version of the Call to Action click here.

join us

If you are interested in learning more or becoming involved with a Call to Action on sustainable urbanisation across the Commonwealth, or any of the activities referred to on this page, then please contact us at


The organisers would like to extend their thanks to all those supporting our activities at CHOGM, be that moderators, panelists, participants and particularly those supporting logistics