UTC 3.0 Report: Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) - Creating a Resilient and Inclusive City


UTC 3.0 Report: Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) - Creating a Resilient and Inclusive City

Title of the Campus: Creating a Resilient and Inclusive City
Organizer(s) Names: Red Dot Foundation (Safecity)
Partner Organization(s): The Urban Vision
Date and Location: Thrusday 21st June to Friday 22nd June 2018 
Urban Thinkers Campus in figures: 

Executive summary: 

Red Dot Foundation (Safecity), Developmatrix and The Urban Vision co-hosted a two day programme - Creating Resilient and Inclusive Cities on behalf of The Swedish Institute and The UN Habitat as part of the Urban Thinkers Campus on 21-22nd June at ISDI ACE, Mumbai. This programme was conducted in partnership with the U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai, Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI), Tata Capital and BMW Foundation.

The Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) model is an initiative of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, is a stage for exchange of thoughts and opinions between all stakeholders and partners to promote sustainable development and urbanization. Only 27 such UTCs have been approved for 2018 from around the world and we are honoured to be one of them.
The programme was divided into two parts, viz.:
Day 1: Stakeholder dialogue sessions with interactive innovation labs that generate action plans
Day 2: Introduction to the social incubator to engage youth to work on hyper-local, community based solutions through a 5-month programme. 
The main aim of the event was to address the barriers to gender equality and women empowerment and finding community driven solutions for the same. 

With the aim of bringing together diverse voices to share their opinions on the City We Need, we had about 50 organisations working on different issues showcase their work, present their innovations and present the audience with problem statements of difficulties they were actually facing. The participants were facilitated through different problem-solving techniques, design-thinking and were asked to ideate solutions that would be safe, sustainable and inclusive.

Day 1 began with a formal address by Mrs. Madeline Sanstedt-Kjellberger from the Swedish Consulate Mumbai who spoke about the importance of incorporating the SDGs, especially SDG 5 - gender equality and its sub-goals in the policies of every organization. She also spoke about the need for men to take up equally share of responsibility in family care.

This was followed by the launch of Urban Planning Primer and a short-film sponsored by the Standford Centre on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law’s Collaboration Grant’s Initiative as part of the Omidyar Network Leadership Forum. Ms. Supreet K Singh, Director and COO of Safecity then released her film on "Save the Girls" and explained the need for speaking about gender-related issues and speaking up against anybody who violates one’s rights. The film was a heart-wrenching rendition of the crime of sexual harassment in public spaces, on the Nirbhayas of today and the importance of voicing the issue. The aim of the primer is to highlight urban design, policy strategies and citizen actions that can make for a more inclusive and safe urban environment for women. 
Finally, Ms. Kashmira Mewawala, Head- Business Development & Chief Ethics Counsellor, Tata Capital, concluded the introductory session with a key note speech about problems associated with gender equality and her experiences with the same. She raised a very important question in the minds of everyone present there; “We all know gender equality, we all talk and post about it but how many of us actually implement it?” 

The day consisted of three panel discussions and 8 innovation labs, divided into two sessions consisting of 4 innovation labs each and concluded with a spoken word piece by Ms. Sapna Bhavnani on the way society perceives women, judges and condemns them for being different from what is conventional. 

Takebacks from Day 1 
- Women need to work in equal stride and make their opinions and voices heard so that their problems can be brought to light. Therefore the need for a platform to share and learn from each other.
- Women need to be included in all decision-making panels in equal numbers as women. Therefore the need for gender inclusive city planning.
- Women have to support each other, help other women from weaker sections grow so that they reach their potential. They have to collectivise.
- We all need to rethink our perspectives about stereotypes and gender biases. 

About 175 participants attended Day 1 of the Urban Thinkers Campus. The participants included members from Shapoorji Pallonji, UN Women India, UN Foundation, Swedish Institute, Tata Capital, The Gender Lab, The Blue Ribbon Movement, Amity University, SNDT University etc. There were professionals from business, government and the development sector as well as students. 

Day 2 began with around 100 participants from various backgrounds excited and eager to participate in the sessions of the day. Mr. James Fennell, Cultural Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, Mumbai gave the welcome address speaking about the current scenario of urban planning and development, the prevalent gender biases and how we all need to play our parts to overcome them. 

This was followed by the launch of the Safecity Digital Toolkit which was sponsored by the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations under the alumni of the IIAward. The toolkit is a global resource to identify, respond and address GBV.

Mr. Amit Kundal, a facilitator at ISDI, conducted the first Design Session where the participants were first asked to work individually and then in groups bring out the effectiveness of working in a team. He spoke about the importance of being change makers by getting involved in the planning and designing process of a city and being designers and innovators in life. 

A team of actors from MAVA (Men Against Violence and Abuse) performed a play on the social evils against women and the importance of raising our voices against these evils. 

In the second Design Session, participants were divided into groups and given stationery supplies. Each group was assigned different disabilities like blindness, no arms and no legs and was asked to design to prototype of a dustbin for people with that particular disability. The aim of the session was to ideate while keeping the target audience in mind and to think out-of-the-box. To further emphasize how the simplest of ideas can bring about great changes, innovations from Urban Leaves, Litmus Test Project and Suzlon Foundation were showcased by their members. The participants were left in awe with how small ideas can revolutionize the lives of so many people.

Takebacks for Day 2-
- The idea was to introduce youth to addressing various SDGs through a design thinking process  of knowing the problem, knowing one’s target audience and defining it and then creating a solution for them accordingly.
- Giving them a collaborative platform to work in groups which is more effective than working solo. It is easier to brainstorm and develop one another’s ideas and collectively make an impact.
- SDGs 5 and 11 as well as 4,10, 16, 17 are all interlinked. Through the various sessions the overlaps came through and it was important to learn by doing.
- Learning from innovations that are already present and the difficulties they face. This is critical to get more individuals involved in creating a City We Need and a World We Want.
- The importance of the youth being change makers, designers and innovators and being involved in finding solutions to the city’s problems. For a country like India, it is important to channel the energies of youth in a constructive manner to find solutions to the many urban problems existing.

Introduction to the Campus: 

The Urban Thinkers Campus took place on 21-22 June 2018 at ISDI Ace (Indian School of Design and Innovation), Mumbai in India focusing on ‘The City We Need” principle under the theme “Creating a Resilient and Inclusive City” whilst incorporating Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 11 i.e. Gender Equality and Safe and Sustainable Cities. It also addressed SDGs 6,7,8,10,17. It was organised by Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) in partnership with Developmatrix and The Urban Vision. As part of the UN Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, it was supported by the Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI), The Swedish Institute, U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai, Tata Capital and BMW Foundation. Over the 2 days we had 35 organisations involved in the different sessions, 175 participants on Day 1 and 100 students on Day 2.

Cities have been envisioned as spaces of liberation, of collaboration and ideas. Urban thinker, Edward Glaeser states that the city “makes humanity shine most brightly”.[ii] Sadly, however, this glowing view of the city does not apply to all, and not equally. For many women, cities are rather spaces of fear, which they access while having to constantly look over their shoulders. The United Nation’s ‘Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces’ programme, which started in 2010, recognized that cities all around the world were becoming unsafe for women. NCRB reports show that every 51 minutes, one woman is sexually harassed. Most of these crimes take place on streets and public transportation, making women use these systems lesser than men. Safety is one of the issues that hold women back and limits their mobility and thereby their opportunities.  They are also disproportionately affected by environmental challenges even in the urban context and are often left out of the planning process. Yet we need more women in the workplace as their contribution is beneficial to the economy and according to the latest McKinsey study is slated to add $700 billion to the GDP of India if we achieve gender equality by 2025. Having more women access education is also beneficial to the overall health of people. A study by UN using data from 219 countries from 1970 to 2009 found that, for every one additional year of education for women of reproductive age, child mortality decreased by 9.5 percent. It is the responsibility of every individual along with the administration to make cities more women-friendly and safe.

Through the Urban Thinkers campus we wished to bring diverse people from government, business, development, academia and citizens as well as different age groups to discuss the issues we face in the city. The focus was on gender inclusive city planning with its intersection with mobility, safety, governance and urban environment. Through keynote sessions, panel discussions and interactive innovation labs we wanted to provide a platform for all participants to contribute with ideas that are local, practical and implementable through individual and community action.

We also provided access to resources like the Safecity Digital Toolkit and the Urban Planning Primer with a couple of films to commence conversations around the issue as well provide a framework to take action. By providing access to social innovators and organisations, we can create a community that can solve problems together but also inspire each other. Through the design thinking sessions we hope to provide tools to create local and individual solutions. Through the play by MAVA and spoken word by Sapna Bhavnani, we wanted people to reflect on their role and the role of society in being agents of change.

Summary of all session:

How can cities be better designed for women and children?
The discussion discussed the various issues that women and children face in a city from the perspectives of planning and designing a city. They spoke about the fact that planning a city was not gender based but more of a holistic process. Harshad Bhatia spoke about the importance of involving women in the planning of cities and that it is imperative to have equal number of men and women so points from both the points of view of men and women can be addressed.  The panelists also spoke about the issue of housing that immigrant single women face due to society’s numerous restrictions. Then came the question of women’s safety being everyone’s issue and not just a woman’s issue. The panelists spoke about the importance of men being key stakeholders in creating safe spaces and not just assuming the role of protectors which perpetuates patriarchal dominance. The panel also brought up the idea of technology, a boon for women’s safety through apps but a curse if used for revenge porn or providing easy unlimited access to anybody. The panel ended with the question- “How smart are smart cities?” and that it was better to be safe than smart. 

How can we build Resilience and Inclusion in a City?
The discussion revolved around ideating ways of building resilience and inclusion in a city. They spoke about the difficulties of the people living in slums due to congestion and the increased vulnerability they face when the slums turn into crime breeding spots. Each of the panelists emphasised the importance of taking the voices of people from all gender identities into consideration while planning a city for them. They spoke about the importance of create safe spaces for children to play and elderly to move around without the fear of harm or violence and creating community forums to give the decision-making power to the people and ensuring that women are involved in such forums since no one knows what women experience except they themselves. They also emphasised the point that segregation is not the solution to end abuse and violence. The panellists talked about transforming institutions into gender-friendly spaces.

Reimagining a city from a youth and gender perspective
The discussion was based on the experiences of the youth of today of all genders of the city and how their passion, compassion and drive to make the world a better place was important to make cities more open minded and inclusive. The panelists shared their thoughts on the challenges that transpeople face in accessing public spaces and mentioned that privilege plays a big role in how a person accesses their city. Due to lack of conversations about gender, sex, safety and more people from LGBT communities do not feel free to live their life to the fullest. In search of such inclusive spaces, sometimes they have to move cities in order to have access to such communities where they feel safer and able to reach their potential. The importance of having economically empowered women, leading to holistic empowerment, was emphasized upon while also highlighting the significance of empathy, entrepreneurship and peer friendliness. The panelists appealed to the youth to share their ideas to join the process of making cities friendly and liveable for all. They also spoke about the importance of providing mentoring and mental health counseling especially for persons struggling with their sexualities. Sonal Giani stressed the point that Mumbai needs to keep an equitable mind while going forward in order to create a space for the holistic empowerment of all.

Innovation Lab 1 - Safe public spaces and transportation led by Safecity
Led by Supreet K Singh this innovation lab centered on creating awareness about the issue of harassment and violence that women face in public spaces. The bigger issue was that 80% of sexual assault is not reported due to various reasons thus causing the issue to be invisible. Most people experienced harassment in their own neighbourhood. Fear of such violence restricts people, especially women, from accessing spaces freely and fearlessly. Supreet shared about the Safecity web and mobile app which pins the location of the harassment while maintaining the anonymity of the user. The participants were asked to ideate on ways to increase bystander intervention and speak up about sexual violence.

Innovation Lab 2 - Sexuality and disability in the city led by Point of View
Led by Nidhi Goyal and Srinidhi Raghavan this innovation lab focused on creating awareness about the experiences that people of different sexualities and disabilities face whilst living in a city which is actually a global problem. They spoke about how disabled people are often seen as a liability, not included in ‘society’ and are presumed to be asexual. They highlighted the fact it is a challenge to talk about sexuality when words like ‘law’, ‘sex’, ‘sexuality’ and ‘violence’ don’t exist in the Indian sign language. Through the use of 3D body models of the human anatomy the participants touched them to understand how blind people live and experience their world. This also brought out the issue that there are no low cost 3D body models to explain anatomy to those without sight. The participants were asked to ideate on how mobility and transport in Mumbai can be more easy and accessible to those with disabilities, especially those who use crutches and wheelchairs.

Innovation Lab 3 - Safe spaces for children led by Magic Bus
Led by Preeti Dhingra this innovation lab focused on the experiences of children, especially those at risk, in the city. 30% of adolescents do not complete Grade 12 and 30% girls still get married before the age of 18. Preeti shared the importance of educating children along with soft skills with the aim of developing employable youth. It is important to provide a safe environment where children can participate in activities, learn from experiences and be mentored. This needs to be done by involving parents, school staff, local government and community organisations in the process in a way that is sustainable. The participants were asked to ideate on ways of designing and creating safe and sustainable spaces for children.

Innovation Lab 4 - Impact of pop culture on gender led by Agents of Ishq
Led by Paromita Vohra this innovation lab focussed on creating awareness on what pop culture is and what it includes. Described as the most common denominator among people, pop culture is usually aimed at younger audiences and they find it relatable. Through examples of art, books, movies, music and advertisements, Paromita asked the participants to share their thoughts on each. Pop culture has generally been sexist, regressive and objectified women. But if the content of pop culture changes, it can have a positive impact on people. The participants were asked for ideas on creating a place that would make a city better for lovers.

Innovation Lab 5 - Creating cities for all led by Harish Iyer
Led by Harish Iyer, this innovation lab focused on the issues that people of different genders and sexualities face in accessing a city and the need to think of such access from an intersectional point of view. A city should be inclusive of all sections of society, especially those who are vulnerable and marginalised. Harish spoke about the importance of increasing awareness and sensitisation of all people with respect to LGBTIQ communities. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, Islamophobhia and the presence of hierarchy in marginalised communities was also discussed. With the aim of teaching empathy, the participants were asked to put themselves in the shoes of a person with a disability or from a marginalised group and to think of their pains and gains and find solutions to the issues they faced.

Innovation Lab 6 - Vulnerabilities experienced due to Urban environment challenges led by CERE
Led by Rashneh Pardiwala, this innovation lab focused on the importance of creating a city that is environmentally sustainable. CERE aims to improve the life of citizens of Mumbai by planting trees around the city but faces the issue of a lack of space as well as existing laws that are not enforced. A vital reason for this is because urban development has taken precedence over environmental conservation and it is imperative to strike a sustainable balance. The group also discussed the need to revitalise existing local gardens and parks that have become desolate due to no maintenance. The participants were asked to ideate ways on creating green spaces and finding avenues to support such endeavours.

Innovation Lab 7 - Engaging Citizens in the Urban Planning Process led by Plural
Led by Jasmine Saluja and Oormi Kapadia this innovation lab focused on urban planning that is mindful of genders as well as the economic strata of people. This was explained with an example where slum dwellers in Dharavi (Mumbai) were asked about their aspirations were their area to be redeveloped. Their primary needs were educational institutions, constructive spaces for youth and children and self-employment centres. The question of whether we are ready to create cities that are gender neutral was also raised. The participants were divided into groups and asked to assume the personalities of people from different socio-economic classes and to chalk out their life on a map of Mumbai. This helped the audiences be more empathetic and inclusive while planning the city.

Innovation Lab 8 - Enhancing economic opportunities for women and transpeople led by Reboot Network
Led by Anupama Kapoor, the innovation lab focused on making employment opportunities more inclusive of different genders. It highlighted the importance of household work and how it needs to be considered as ‘work’ as not insignificant. On the same lines, women deserve more recognition, respect and independence. Under the garb of safety and protection, it is unfair that women do not have the access to night jobs that they might want. Anupama shared Reboot’s program called Equal Half which uplifts women and transpeople. The discussions also revolved around making workspaces safer, gender-equal, gender-friendly and allowing maternal as well as paternal leave equally.

Key outcomes: 

With the aim of creating a space for open dialogue amongst stakeholders, the government, corporates, NGOs, citizens and youth, the UTC brought together different perspectives and ideas on to one platform. Some of the key outcomes that arose from the discussions and innovation labs are:-

Inclusion of women in decision-making bodies
This was a common sentiment across all the panel discussions and innovation labs. No one other than women will know how women feel. Hence, it is imperative that women are included in all organisations and decision-making bodies and have a chance to share their opinions. Women from different sections of society need to be included in planning and designing in order to bring an intersectional point of view into urban planning. Women should be given equal participatory rights in the management system of the society as well as in a creating a gender-equal city. The perspectives, experiences, voices of women need to be included in the process of planning and implementation of urban spaces. "A recommendation can be made that '50 percent of the Government should be women'" said Faye D’souza, journalist.

Improve existing facilities instead of making additions
There already exists technology like CCTV cameras for monitoring of public spaces. Such technology must be used optimally. The cameras should actually be monitored and supervised. If errant behaviour is observed, the responsible authorities should follow up. Workspaces and organisations have policies against sexual harassment. These policies should be adhered to strictly in order to create an environment that is intolerant of harassment against anyone. Citizens agreed that complete CCTV coverage of their residences was better than living in fear and not being able to provide proof for any incident. Similarly, parks and gardens exist but due to lack of maintenance and upkeep such places turn desolate and unsafe. These places need to be revived and maintained. While taking in account the fact that children playing in a garden might hamper the safety of senior citizens, there were suggestions to set different timings for different age groups that would be suitable and convenient for each.

Men should be stakeholders in all discussions and processes
Men should be involved in all processes. The safety of women is not just a woman’s issue. Be in the workplace, community, organisations, etc men should be involved in creating spaces that are free and inclusive of all. They can play a big role in raising children without gender biases. Men in charge of corporates can ensure zero-tolerance to sexual harassment and all-inclusive protection policies. Being in a position of power, it is also their responsibility to bring policies in to place that work for the safety of all.

Creating Community forums
Each panel discussion brought out the fact that the opinions of citizens are important and must be valued when creating a space for them. The public should be involved in major decisions regarding the area which they live in. People can form community forms for the discussion of issues that affect them. Having a representative body can help take their grievances to higher levels of officials and authorities. Also, the focus needs to be moved from just ideating to also executing and implementing the solutions of the people. Rules that are decided must be followed by all. It is the people’s duty to maintain their public spaces. The onus of safety should not be just a governmental issue but a public and people’s issue. Community forums would encourage participation from all people in a society and increase representation at formal platforms.

Create open and public spaces that are gender-equal
Many of the participants spoke about the need for spaces that are accessible to all like gardens, parks, libraries, that would be open to all genders, all ages and would be safe. Spaces like dhyanshalas, activity arenas would bring different sections of the society together promoting a spirit of community. It is important that these spaces be inclusive of all irrespective of socio-economic class or gender. Similarly, the internet is also a space that is equally important and should be safe and inclusive of all. It is also essential to create safe spaces for discussing mental health and therapy for all since such services are not always and accessible to minorities and marginalised sections of society. Sonal Giani, from Humsafar Trust, spoke about the importance of mentoring and mental health counseling especially for persons struggling with their sexualities.

Creating forums for women
All the panelists were unanimous in their thoughts about the creation of forums for women. Pearl Tiwari said, “The women should collectivise.” 92% of women who are in the unorganised sectors should be brought together into the organised sector. Forums for women can help in their mutual development, economic empowerment, help the growth of peer friendliness, entrepreneurship and foster a spirit of empathy and unity amongst them. Acitivities organised by such forums of the women, for the women and by the women can lead to holistic empowerment. Representatives from these forums then have the backing and support in times of decision-making.

Children’s development
Start teaching gender-equality, consent, inclusion at the school level to create generations of citizens who are respectful of each other, empathise with one another and care for the other’s safety. Involvement of all stakeholders is important in creating safe spaces for children in order for it to be sustainable. Each child must have an access to education, no matter what their socio-economic background and such educational institutions must be safe spaces to help them grow and reach their potential. Schools should include a comprehensive curriculum on gender and sex at an early age. This will help children be aware of their bodies, be more sensitive to others, encourage open dialogues on consent and sexualities. Teach children the importance of speaking up against any form of violence/abuse or harassment and No-Go-Tell. This could help reduce cases of Child Sexual Abuse and would discourage the trend of victim-blaming.

For the differently abled
To deal with the limited vocabulary of sign language, activities like acts, plays, mimes, Pictionary could help explain terms and expand the vocabulary. The teams also suggested the use of plastic ramps made from recyclable plastic, to be used as detachable ramps at bus stops. Being lightweight and easy to handle, detachable ramps and mobile crutches can increase ease of access for those who are disabled and those who use wheelchairs. 3D body models are not easily available to the public and are expensive. To deal with this issue, participants suggested creating compact models which are eco-friendly, made from rubber, cloth, wood, clay etc. They also suggested collaborations with Corporates, sex toy dealers and sanitay napkin corporations.

Urban Planning
While planning and designing cities and urban spaces, special thought must be given to creating places for education. Factors such as cleanliness, sanitation, water supply must be given prime importance as well as the environment. Stronger regulations are needed for urban planning which must clarify rights, needs and wants of the people categorically. Mrs. Kashmira Mewawala commented, “There is a lack of good, hygienic and safe staying places for single women.” There should be more housing facilities for single women that are safe and economical. Harshad Bhatia, a senior urban planner and designer stated that “Planning should be integrated and not compartmentalised.” A city should be planned keeping the mind the interactions of the different sections of society like men, women, children, elders, transpeople etc but should not be based solely on separate sections of society. Large educational institutions and residential complexes must work toward developing in an ecologically sound manner.

Conclusion & way forward:

The UTC was a platform for people from different sections of society to come together and ideate on ways of making the city they live in better. This became a possibility due to the participation of numerous organisations and individuals in sharing their work and innovations whilst presenting the difficulties they face, thus giving participants a baseline to begin working on. The UTC- Creating a Resilient and Inclusive City was based on 5 tracks- Gender, Safety, Environment, Mobility and Governance.

Gender- The issues that emerged through the Campus were not just of patriarchal dominance and gender inequality but of seeing gender only as two binaries-men and women and not being inclusive of other genders. In one example Pearl Tiwari mentioned that stopping women from working late-night shifts or taking jobs that demanded late nights was a protectionist attitude that would further patriarchal dominance. Solutions need to be found to make the city safe for women at all times. Through the panel discussions and innovation labs, the question of creating a city for all- men, women, transpeople also came up. Much more needs to be done to create a city that is inclusive of all, provides services for all, is accepting of all and helps each one reach their potential without facing discrimination. Gender sensitisation was recommended for all educational institutions.

Safety- Safety is an issue that not just women face. Men, women, transpeople, children, elders all face different types of harassment. The number of cases of child sexual abuse have been increasing every day. Sexual harassment, rapes, gangrapes in public spaces are seen in the news often. This causes fear in people, especially women, in accessing public spaces. Such fear is debilitating and limits their opportunities to education, employment, leisure and more. We find that sexual violence is highly under-reported. Without data the problem of sexual harassment remains invisible. With the help of data police, the government and other stakeholders can work together to make areas safer for all.

Environment- There is much to be done for the city of Mumbai from the environmental perspective. Forested areas have reduced, there is largescale pollution, the number of trees being cut down has increased, there is water logging in the low-lying areas every year and the list goes on. In order to create a city that is sustainable as well as improve the lives of its citizens, special care has to be taken to plant trees, increase green areas, revitalise and maintain existing areas, conserve the environment and be more eco-friendly for the sake of all living beings.

Mobility- Mobility is a big issue in a city like Mumbai which is over-populated. Many women face difficulties in travelling because of the lack of safety due to crowds, sexual harassment, bad street lighting, unsafe roads, unmonitored CCTV cameras and more. Segregation of transport can only help in the short term but solutions are needed for safer mobility in the long term. Mobility also needs to be more inclusive of those who are disabled and of different genders as their needs are often forgotten when planning transport and infrastructure. 
Governance- In terms of governance, most opined that it is necessary to create forums for women as well as communities to increase the participation of the people. This would also increase representation of the people’s issues in decision-making bodies. Women must be included in all decision-making bodies as they represent 50% of the population.

On the basis of the UTC outcomes, what are your recommendations to National Governments and other Stakeholders, including local and sub national governments, in order to effectively contribute to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda ?

- Include women, youth and other vulnerable communities in urban planning processes.
- Use design thinking to create solutions from the user perspective.
- Make people aware of the SDGs as it is important to achieve the New Urban Agenda as well as provide a platform for people to contribute.
- Create opportunities for collaboration to achieve not only the New Urban Agenda but also the SDGs.
- Community-based solutions are critical in achieving the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs.
- Achieve higher numbers of women in leadership. It is something that needs addressing on an urgent basis.
- School curriculum on SDGs to educate and involve children and youth. They are the future.
- Corporates must take on more responsibility to achieve the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. They can provide platforms for collaboration and be the bridge between government and community.

Monitoring & Reporting:

How do you intend to monitor the achievements and progress in the implementation of your action plan approved at your Campus(sucess indicators and other measures of achievement should be proposed)?

- Increased engagement amongst participants and new collaborations emerging
- The Youth Innovation Challenge will engage youth to implement ideas for the City We Need
- Number of action ideas that are taken up for incubation, mentoring and implementation by Corporates, NGOs and other institutions

Explain how you intend to share the results of your action plan with the WUC community and other partners in order to jointly implement the New Urban Agenda?

  • Articles - We plan to write several articles on the ideas emerging from the UTC.
  • Social Media - In June we had 4 tweetchats on the UTC and related topics. We plan to have regular discussions
  • Follow up events and meetings - A stakeholder meeting is being planned for January 2019 to showcase results from the UTC and the Youth Innovation Challenge
  • Push for Gender inclusive city planning with local government
  • Create platforms to bring the community together for discussions, collaborations and implementation of local projects. e.g. The Youth Innovation Challenge
  • Participate in UN Habitat events and host yearly UTCs

UTC key speakers:

  • Mrs Kashmira Mewawala, Head of Business Development & Ethics, Tata Capital, Indian
  • Mrs. Madeleine Sandstedt-Kjellberger, Consul, Consulate of Sweden Mumbai, Swedish
  • James Fennell, Cultural Affairs Officer, The US Consulate Mumbai, USA
  • Nappinai NS - Supreme Court Advocate, India
  • Shalaka Joshi, Gender Lead South Asia, IFC, India
  • Sia Nowrojee, Program Director, 3D Program, UN Foundation, USA
  • Harshad Bhatia, Senior Urban Designer and Architect, India
  • Meghna Pant, Author, India (Moderator)
  • Faye D'Souza, Executive editor, Mirror Now Times Network, India (Moderator)
  • ElsaMarie DSilva, Founder & CEO, Red Dot Foundation, India (Moderator)
  • Ruben Mascarenhas, Cofounder, Litmus Test Project, India
  • Nidhi Goyal, Gender and Disability Activist, Point of View, India
  • Anju Pandey, Program Specialist, UN Women, India
  • Paromita Vohra, Founder, Agents of Ishq, India
  • Srinidhi Raghavan, Gender Activist, Point of View, India
  • Preeti Dhingra, Program Manager, Magic Bus, India
  • Anupama Kapoor, Founder & CEO, Reboot Network, India
  • Rashneh Pardiwala, Founder, CERE, India
  • Jasmine Saluja, Urban Planner, Plural, India
  • Oormi Kapadia, Urban Planner, Plural, India
  • Harrish Iyer, LGBTQ Activist, India
  • Amit Kundal, Design Thinking Facilitator, ISDI, India
  • Gourav Keswani, Design Thinking Facilitator, ISDI, India
  • Harini Calamur, Author & Entrepreneur, India
  • Vaibhav Mohite, Design Thinking Facilitator, ISDI, India
  • Shamit Shrivastav, Design Thinking Facilitator, ISDI, India
  • Sapna Bhavnani, Founder, MadoWot, India
  • Premila Martis, Environment Activist, Urban Leaves, India
  • Hemant Kumar, Implementation Partner of PVR Nest, India
  • Vaishnavi Mahurkar, Praja, India
  • Sanjay Shivdas, Program Manager, Suzlon Foundation, India
  • Aditya Paul, Cofounder, Litmus Test Project, India
  • Runa Ray, Founder, Runa Ray Sustainable Fashion, India
  • Sakshi Sirari, Green Communities Foundation, India
  • Pearl Tiwari, Director & CEO, Ambuja Cement Foundation, India
  • MAVA group, India
  • Brijesh Singh, Special Inspector General, Women Atrocity Prevention & Cybercrime, Government of Maharashtra, India
  • Richa Pant, Head Group CSR, L&T Finance, India
  • Nirmika Singh, Executive Editor, Rolling Stone India, India
  • Ayushi Banerji, CEO, The Gender Lab, India
  • Sonal Giani, Actor and LGBTQ Activist, India

List of participants: 

List of participants

List of organisations represented: 

  1. UN Foundation 
  2. Arcadis
  3. Praja
  4. Point of View
  5. Magic Bus
  6. Urban Leaves
  7. Runa Ray Fashion
  8. Suzlon Foundation
  9. Rolling Stone India
  10. Save The Children
  11. Agents of Ishq
  12. UN Women India 
  13. The Gender Lab
  14. Ambuja Cement Foundation
  15. The Centre for Environmental Research & Education (CERE) 
  16. International Finance Corporation
  17. Shapoorji Pallonji
  18. MAVA
  19. MadoWat
  20. Litmus Test Project
  21. Reboot Network
  22. PVR Nest
  23. Plural
  24. She The People

List of partner groups represented:

  1. Children & Youth
  2. Businesses & Industries 
  3. Foundations & Philanthropies
  4. Research & Academia 
  5. Local & Subnational Authorities
  6. Women
  7. Civil Society Organizations 
  8. Grass-roots Organizations

List of countries represented:

  1. India
  2. USA
  3. Sweden

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