The Urban Thinkers Campus is a special initiative of the World Urban Campaign and UN-Habitat, developed to gather ideas from people around the world who are passionate about the future of cities. The ideas developed at the UTCs will feed into the World Urban Campaign’s City We Need process, and the agenda and outcome document of the Habitat III Conference: the New Urban Agenda. 29 Urban Thinker Campuses are planned in over a dozen countries on five continents, yet this event is only one of two in the U.S.
The NYC Urban Thinkers Campus (NYC UTC) will begin with welcoming remarks by Mary Rowe, Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society of New York, and Mary Watson, Executive Dean of The New School of Public Engagement. Short presentations will then cover the goals and context of the Urban Thinkers Campuses and participation mechanisms and processes leading up to Habitat III and the drafting and implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
In the afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in three of nine Urban Labs, interactive discussions moderated by NYC UTC partners, working toward consensus on a set of recommendations to carry forward into the “zero draft” of The New Urban Agenda. In a final plenary, Urban Lab moderators will report back and answer questions about two tangible policy prescriptions developed during their sessions (one old/recycled and one new).
In order to prepare editors and journalists, the Habitat III Secretariat, media organizations, and local hosts have organized a series of Urban Journalism Academies. An Urban Journalism Academy (UJA) is being organized in conjunction with the NYC UTC and the second day of the 2015 MAS Summit for New York City on Friday, October 23rd. For more information about the UJA please contact Greg Scruggs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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