WUC partners commit to forming alliances for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda at WUF9 Arcadis side event

WUC partners commit to forming alliances for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda at WUF9 Arcadis side event

Kuala Lumpur, 8 February 2018.

In one of the first side events of the 9th Session of the World Urban Forum 9 (WUF9), urban stakeholder partners of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign (WUC) shared experiences and ideas on the formation of alliances for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. Hosted by Arcadis and the World Urban Campaign, the side event brought together numerous non-governmental organizations who have hosted numerous Urban Thinkers Campuses (UTCs) in the past 3 years. Urban Thinkers Campuses are an initiative of the World Urban Campaign, conceived in 2014 as an open space for critical exchange between all stakeholders and partners aims to promote sustainable urbanization. UTCs are also envisaged as a platform to advocate enlightened planning and design of our cities and propose urban solutions in addressing urbanization challenges to urban futures.

Moderated by WUC honorary chair Nicholas You, the session was addressed by Bert Smolders (Arcadis Shelter Programme Manager) who co-hosted the session with the WUC as a Lead Partner and Sponsor. Mr Smolders highlighted the importance of stakeholder collaboration and identified the Urban Thinkers Campuses as an ideal place to form alliances for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. He noted that the UTC process has a high value for private sector organizations engaged with the public sector, as the process allows people from all walks of life to come together and discuss the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve The City We Need.

World Urban Campaign Co-Chairs Rose Molokoane (SDI) and Sandeep Chachra (ActionAid) also took the floor to highlight the perspective of civil society and grass roots organizations, noting that UTCs allow their constituencies to bring matters of concern to the table on an eye-to-eye level with decision makers. This was underlined by Sri Sofjan and Limota Giroswa (Huairou Commission/Groots). That the UTCs are able address a large range of urban themes became evident through the other interventions of the many UTC hosts who presented their event outcomes. In attendance were Gregor Mews (Urban Synergies Group), Christian Huebel (City of Mannheim), Martin Renom (Acumar/Local Authorities), Roberto Rocco (TU Delft), Naomi Hoogervorst (International New Town Institute), Morten Nielson (International Federation for Housing and Planning), Juma Assiago (UN-Habitat), Claudia Ponce (CNJUR) and John Etherington (FIU). As diverse as the themes are, partners all agreed that the Urban Thinkers Campuses are an ideal mechanism to form alliances for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, and committed to support this process in the future.

For more information on all the UTCs held since 2015 under the umbrella of the World Urban Campaign, please visit: http://www.worldurbancampaign.org/urban-thinkers-campus

The event took place Thursday, 8 February from 11:30am-12:30pm in room 410 at the WUF venue in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. To view all photos of the event, please visit the World Urban Campaign Flickr Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmct2yir

 


Photo credits: UN-Habitat/Devina Meinzingen