The Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) has been awarded the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) President's Special Award for Planning Achievement. The Award was given by immediate Past President Ann Skippers at the Institute's awards lunch at London's Hilton Hotel.
In giving the award Ann Skippers said:
\"For forty years CAP has promoted planning around the world. It has influenced the way people and governments think about planning. It has focused on rapid urbanisation and poverty firmly believing that sustainable development will simply just not happen without proper planning. Dependent on support from the Commonwealth Foundation and other organisations, including the RTPI, CAP connects people all over the Commonwealth through its volunteers and its networks. In recognition of what can be achieved through outstanding cooperation, determination and goodwill, it is my very great privilege and pleasure to award CAP the President's Special Award for Planning Achievement.\"
Clive Harridge, CAP's Secretary General said:
\"It is a great honour for CAP to have been given this Award. The Award reflects the tremendous work CAP has undertaken over many years in the advancement of planning throughout the Commonwealth. CAPs achievements would not have been possible without the excellent support received from the Commonwealth Foundation, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Royal Town Planning Institute and others for which we are very grateful.
For the future CAP will be undertaking a wide range of projects to address the huge challenges being faced in the Commonwealth. In particular, CAP will be further developing its capacity building project to help address planning education needs and we will be following up on the land mark report on the State of the Commonwealth Cities which identified rapid urbanisation, urban poverty and climate change as critical issues. In addition, CAP will undertaking a wide range of other projects through its Women in Planning and Young Planners Networks, and CAP member countries will be holding CAP events related to their specific interests.
The RTPI President's Award for CAP acknowledges the work of the many people across the Commonwealth who have helped CAP over many years and who have dedicated substantial amounts of their time on a voluntary basis to support its work.\"