The search for the world's most loveable sustainable city 2015 is about to begin. 49 finalist cities will be revealed on 26 January 2015. Earth Hour invites people all over the world to nominate and vote for cities that have demonstrated a sincere commitment to the creation of sustainability. Get ready to join the celebration, share what you love about your favorite cities, and submit suggestions on how they can become more sustainable.
This year, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as the United Nations Climate Change Conference. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
This campus is co-organized by Ecocity Builders, the British Columbia Institute of Technology – School of Construction and the Environment, the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and the Global Footprint Network. With this campus, the organizers aim to increase collection and sharing of information on urban resource systems by governments, institutions and civil society. They want to improve and strengthen citizens’ capacity for data collection and analysis, and to contribute crowd-sourced data to existing networks. Finally, the campus shall provide original neighborhood-level data to complement official government source data that can inform local policy and decision-making for more sustainable urban environments. PARTICIPATE
In co- organization with the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Social Development, the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria and the National Planning Commission the FUT Minna plans to host an Urban Thinkers Campus which is based on the theme “The City We Need”. The Campus is meant to bring together Nigerian urban thinkers; Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) at the three tiers of governments in charge of housing and urban development; built environment professionals; researchers; academicians; and the civil society to reflect on current national urban challenges and global trends and to propose an effective institutional framework that will facilitate a stakeholder-driven housing provision, effective urban management at the state and local government levels and a sustainable urban future for the country. PARTICIPATE
The International Mayors Communication Centre (IMCC), together with the Global Mayors Forum Members and Associate Partners, will host a Campus with the over-arching theme of “Technology” as an entry point. There is a lot of emphasis on the role of technology, innovation and “smart city” approaches in China and the Asia Pacific region. These concepts, tools and methodologies are not always well understood by decision makers and stakeholders. They need to be unpacked and concrete examples given to show how technology needs to be integrated into a holistic approach towards urban policy setting and decision making. UTC – China will stress the importance of service delivery and quality of life indicators to provide a basis for systematically and progressively engaging stakeholders including consumer and community groups and NGOs in the process. Furthermore, local and social media will be used as a basis to publicize targets and progress on these indicators.
The UTC will recognize that the principles of the World Urban Campaign and the City We Need and will provide partners and stakeholders with an unique opportunity to adapt and shape these principles to the context of rapid urbanization and its attendant social, economic, environmental and governance challenges for the Asia Pacific and African regions. PARTICIPATE
The Campus programme will serve as a platform for exchange of ideas and experiences with sector players and partners, aligning all the stakeholders with the theme of the campus.Habitat For Humanity India, will be in a position to steer the debate and discussion with the empirical findings and its groundwork done through the Sensitize to Sanitize campaign, which is building 100000 units of toilets by 2nd October 2015. Based on shared experiences and challenges faced, a consensus on the best way forward for the urban growth and ‘The City We Need’ will be arrived upon. The effort will be to engage with new partners and players and find a good representation of the voice of the local communities and the civil society in the campus. This will be made possible through interactive plenary sessions with flexible formats that encourage ideation, brainstorming and facilitate learning and new thinking. The Campus will be a one-day event with an Opening Plenary consisting of
constituent groups. The will discuss the themes and the challenges and issues facing them. This will be followed by a break out into tracks and urban labs around the 4 sub themes. This session will try and address the challenges and issues by trying to agree upon a solution framework. A drafting session will document the tracks and lab work and propose the best practices, which can be taken forward for The Cities We Need. There will be a Closing Plenary, which will present the outcome of the Campus in the form of a position document and a summary paper on the views of the participants and the way forward. The closing Plenary will also include the media session.
The Campus will be divided into various Plenary Sessions arranged along various sectors of the Urban Economy. The Participants will be categorically divided into the following sub-sectors including:
On the 1st day of the Campus, well come remarks and objectives of the Campus will be read out to ensure that all participants are in one accord that is participating in defining the Future City We Want. An overall current state of affairs report will be presented in an effort to acquaint the stakeholders on the current achievements, challenges and opportunities on a sector by sector basis. The Current Status Report will act as the benchmark and guidance during the breakaway plenary sessions. In the Sector Based Plenary Sessions, various Sustainable Urban Developmental Models will be presented from various Scholars, Researchers, Urban Planners, Professionals, Intellectuals, and
Pressure Groups amongst others. After each Presentation, discussions and open debates will be allowed in an effort to collectively explore the feasibility, challenges, gaps and perceived advantages. After the debate on the Presentation, Stakeholders will jointly prioritize the development issues on a sector by sector basis. Field Trips will then be arranged for participants to help them have a more understanding of various socio- economic challenges the City of Chitungwiza is faced with before they come up with some Strategic Action Oriented Plans. Field Trips Reports will validate the workability and practicality of the urban development priorities. After the Field Trips, the Break Away Plenary Sessions will resume with the participants tasked to develop time framed Strategic Action Plans on a sector by sector basis. Once various Sectors are dome with the Strategic Action Plans, all the Sectors will gather together and Report back on their Activities and Outcomes. Further debating and evaluation of the Action Plans will be done before the entire Sector Action Plans are consolidated into one strategic Action Document.
Meaningful youth engagement is the basic minimum for cities and human settlements to deliver on sustainable development by being inclusive and representative of the needs of its people. Governance structures at the local, regional, national, and international levels must provide a platform for engagement. Truly sustainable development is only possible within cities that are inclusive and representative of the needs and priorities of its people.
The eight levers of change considered to serve as components of the New Urban Agenda can all be seen as relevant to the largest urban youth cohort the world has ever seen. Yet, within these levers of change, the needs of youth are not addressed specifically despite this demographic bearing a large part of the burden and responsibility both in present and future for the development trajectory of cities across the world. Ensuring that youth are able to contribute through partnerships is ultimately the key to enhancing the legitimacy, prosperity and resilience of urban development.
The Youthful Cities Urban Thinkers Campus will provide youth with a platform to provide inputs to the development of the New Urban Agenda and the outcomes of the Habitat III. Discussions at the conference will also examine the impacts of youth engagement in urban development in the context of increasingly youthful cities globally, with discussions around how youth can be a resource for creating resilient, inclusive, economically vibrant and well planned cities with adequate public space, education, knowledge and economic opportunities for all, including young people.
The Campus will seek to provide substantial input to the Major Group for Children and Youth’s platform on Habitat III, uncovering areas that are of particular importance to young people regionally as they relate to urbanization, while also seeking to prepare inputs from children and youth feeding into the third Preparatory Committee planned for Indonesia in 2016.
 At this stage, the HLCP is currently considering 8 key levers of change adaptable to different circumstances, that are presented here as components of the ‘new urban agenda’. The eight levers of change are: 1. Developing and implementing national urban policies, 2. Strengthening urban legislation and systems of governance, 3. Harnessing the urban economy, 4. Strengthening municipal finance, 5. Reinvigorating territorial planning and urban design, 6. Expanding access to basic services, 7. Promoting adequate housing for all income categories of urban residents, 8. Strengthening gender equality and women’s empowerment.