Call For Proposals: Host an Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) in 2017

Deadline: 31 December 2016 - 12:00am


Conveners: World Urban Campaign

The Urban Thinkers Campus model is an initiative of UN-Habitat ‘s World Urban Campaign, conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban researchers, professionals, local governments, civil society actors, grassroots and communities, policy and decision makers, who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to positive urban transformations. It is also intended as a platform to build consensus for action between partners engaged in addressing urbanization challenges and proposing solutions to urban futures.

The first Urban Thinkers 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 around the framework of The City We Need 2.0. engaging 7,847 people 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.

The recommendations made by the Urban Thinkers Campuses were then compiled and distilled by a Drafting Committee which concluded its work on 12 March 2016 to deliver The City We Need 2.0. This manifesto was then adopted unanimously by the World Urban Campaign Steering Committee on 16 March 2016 in Prague/Czech Republic, where they acknowledged the Urban Thinkers Campus as an unprecedented consensus-building process whereby everyone was given a voice through a decentralized model. The UTC process offers a structured model of participation in multiple locations, allowing people to contribute in a longer time frame while bringing to the table the specificities of different contexts. It builds on both global and local engagement, allows participation from diverse regions, at different times and in different types of sessions allowing dialogue, showcasing, experimentation and consensus building among structured constituent groups and following an agreed format and the same reporting framework for all UTCs.

At the 16th session in Quito (16 October 2016), the WUC Steering Committee has recommended that a new series of Urban Thinkers Campuses be organized in order to continue engaging stakeholders in the post-Habitat III era. WUC Partners have endorsed a new generation of Urban Thinkers Campuses to be used as platforms for action bringing together all partners to implement the New Urban Agenda towards The City We Need.

Through this call for proposals, the World Urban Campaign seeks to enter into the Urban Thinkers Campus Phase 2 (UTC 2.0), 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, actions plans and road maps.

In particular, Urban Thinkers Campuses should:
– Continue to broaden and strengthen the engagement of urban stakeholders on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda;
– Define priorities and means of actions;
– Gather individual organizations commitments and agree to roles and responsibilities in the implementation of specific actions;
– Define action plans combining all priority actions and commitments of stakeholders engaged in the priority actions;
– Agree on an implementable road map with key milestones towards the implementation of priority actions to deliver the New Urban Agenda;
– Share their commitments, action plans and road map publicly through WUC outreach channels (website, social media, email and others).


Read the UTC 2.0 GUIDE
Fill the UTC 2.0 APPLICATION FORM & submit it to the World Urban Campaign via email at [email protected] 

Please note that: UTCs should be organized by one Lead or Associate partner of the World Urban Campaign (refer to the WUC guidelines on how to join the campaign:

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