UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign has announced the open Call for Proposals for Phase 4 of the Urban Thinkers Campuses (UTC 4.0). The call was launched 1 February 2019, with a deadline for submissions of 1 March 2019.
These campuses have previously engaged thousands of locals, authorities, experts and stakeholders, both in person and online, to work towards urban solutions.
The Urban Thinkers Campuses are events hosted by partner organizations and conceived as open spaces for critical exchange between urban researchers, professionals, civil society actors and decision-makers on sustainable urban development. They are also platforms to build consensus between partners engaged in addressing urbanization challenges and proposing solutions to urban futures.
Through this fourth call, the World Urban Campaign seeks to emulate Urban Thinkers Campuses as platforms for urban thinkers to identify ways to implement the New Urban Agenda and agree on priority action areas, commitments and roles, including monitoring results and impacts of actions plans and road maps. The UTCs are envisaged as a platform for action, jointly carried out by partners engaged towards the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and proposing solutions to urban futures.
The UTCs shall also provide substantial inputs to the World Urban Forum (WUF) 10, the world’s premier conference on urban issues to be held in February 2020.
Organizations interested in hosting an Urban Thinkers Campus in 2019 will find all relevant details on the World Urban Campaign website. The call is open not just to existing World Urban Campaign partners, but also to organizations who are not currently members but committed to joining the campaign.
The first Urban Thinkers in Campus (UTC) was organized in October 2014 on the theme ‘The City We Need’, in October 2014, in the City of Caserta, Italy. Subsequently, the World Urban Campaign Steering Committee recommended that other Urban Thinkers Campuses be solicited in order to amplify the urban thinkers’ movement towards Habitat III. From 29 June 2015 to 20 February 2016, a series of 26 Urban Thinkers Campuses have been organized engaging 7,847 men and women from 124 countries and 2,137 organizations, representing fourteen constituent groups: Local and Subnational Authorities, Research and Academia, Civil Society Organizations, Grassroots Organizations, Women, Parliamentarians, Children and youth, Business and industries, Foundations and Philanthropies, Professionals, Trade Unions and Workers, Farmers, Indigenous people and the Media.