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Commonwealth Sustainable Cities Network

The Commonwealth Sustainable Cities Network (CSCN) was established in June 2015 and has held three meetings in Singapore (2015), London (2016) and Kigali (2018). 

The world is urbanising – already 55% of the global population is living in urban areas, up from 30% in 1950. By 2050 it is predicted that 68% of the world’s people will be living in urban areas. This shift is impacting lives everywhere and city/ municipal governments are on the frontline of managing change to ensure that cities are planned and welcoming spaces in which people can live and work.

The Commonwealth Sustainable Cities network (CSCN) was formed to enable CLGF members and its city/municipal members in particular, to come together to look at key issues relating to effective urban management, namely; devolution and governance at the city/municipal level; urban trade, economic development and investment; technology for development; and creating inclusive and resilient cities in line with SDG11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognises the role of cities, especially Sustainable Development Goal  (SDG) 11 to ‘make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’, as well as SDG 16 on 'effective accountable institutions, and other SDGs, notably those relating to economic growth and employment; infrastructure; and climate change.' The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, November 2015, and the Paris Climate Summit (COP21), at both of which CLGF was represented, have also formally acknowledged the improtant role of cities and local and regional governments.


The CSCN aims to provide a valuable and practical vehicle for cities to jointly help set, implement and monitor the SDGs. It will help inform citizens and communities about the importance of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and engaging with central and provincial government, development partners, academia, civil society and private sector partners to ensure the application and localisation of relevant SDGs in our own areas of jurisdiction.

The city-to-city network will also focus on making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; creating effective, accountable and inclusive institutions; promoting economic growth and employment; building resilient infrastructure; and addressing climate change, with special attention to the needs of cities in least developed countries and small island developing states.  

Membership of the CSCN is open to all Commonwealth cities. Current CLGF city members automatically qualify to be part of the network. CLGF welcomes capital as well as secondary and other cities, including cities in small and developing states which are not generally represented in other networks.

The CSCN steering committee is chaired by Mayor Muesee Kazapua, Mayor of Windhoek (Namibia) and includes Belize City (Belize), Colombo (Sri Lanka), eThekinwi/ Durban (South Africa), West of England/ Bristol (UK), and Microsoft  


For further information about joining the network please email

CSCN events


CSCN 2018 meeting, Kigali, Sept 2018

Inclusive Urban Growth

CSCN 2016 meeting, London, July 2016

Successful, safe and sustainable cities: making cities fit for the future


CSCN inaugural meeting, Singapore, October 2015

Cities 2030: vision, leadership, and public service excellence.




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