“Ethical Cities: Locking in Liveability” Urban Thinkers Campus

“Ethical Cities: Locking in Liveability” Urban Thinkers Campus

 “Ethical Cities: Locking in Liveability” Urban Thinkers Campus

How can ethics guide cities towards just, sustainable, resilient and well-governed futures?  How can we create shared value for all city dwellers to contribute to inclusive cities, especially for the most vulnerable?

These questions will form the centre of discussions at the first Australian Urban Thinkers Campus, themed “Ethical Cities: Locking in Liveability”, co-hosted by the UN Global Compact - Cities Programme and World Vision, in Melbourne on February 16.

The event will bring together key representatives from the government, civil society and private sector for a conversation that aims to bring ethics and values to the forefront of our vision for city planning and urban governance. The Campus will explore the ethics of the city under three interconnected themes during its Urban Thinkers Sessions:

  1. Ethical Urban Development - Recognising the importance of human rights and environmental principles, participants will tackle the key challenge areas in city development and living to draw out new thinking, approaches and partnerships for urban development.This Urban Thinkers Session will elaborate on what ethical leadership looks like at the city level, how city planning can take ethical principles into consideration, what an ethically oriented local business environment looks like, and what it means to be an ethical and engaged citizen. This session will be led by the UN Global Compact - Cities Programme and Swinburne Leadership Institute.
  2. Urban Resilience - Ethical cities use trust as a currency to create community cohesion, interdependence and empowerment to act and respond positively to shocks and stresses. This Urban Thinkers Session will call upon participants to recognise that while community resilience is crucial when disasters occur, trust and connections that underpin resilience are formed over time at the neighbourhood level.This Urban Thinkers Session will explore what success looks like when we promote urban resilience and the kind of ethical framework that supports it. It will also explore what ingredients are required to accelerate the application of innovative programs and projects that enhance community resilience. The session will be led by the Global Compact - Cities Programme and the City of Melbourne’s Chief Resilience Officer.
  3. Inclusion and Right to the City – Cities are collective, diversified and culturally vibrant spaces that belong to all citizens. Children and youth must be included in city planning and key decision making processes. The right to the city for children and youth needs to translate into ethical, democratic and sustainable distribution of wealth, opportunities, services and goods. This includes balancing economic growth with ethical sourcing and labour rights as an integral part of corporate social responsibility.This Urban Thinkers Session will discuss children’s right to education, addressing the issue of child labour and supporting youth into dignified employment. Recommendations from this session will outline approaches to creating shared value in the city for all its citizens. This session will be led by World Vision.

Speakers for this Urban Thinkers Campus include the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Australia; the Mayor of Rotorua, New Zealand; the Vice Chancellor of RMIT University; the CEO of World Vision Australia, and the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Australia.

“We are delighted to be co-hosting this Urban Thinkers Campus with World Vision in order to contribute to The Future We Want - The City We Need. It is an opportunity to explore the notion of the ethical city and what it will mean for the New Urban Agenda.” stated Ralph Horne, Director of the UN Global Compact - Cities Programme.

Joyati Das, Senior Director at World Vision International explained “The New Urban Agenda must acknowledge young people’s role in shaping our cities. All stakeholders of the city need to contribute to an environment that promotes shared value where children are youth are the rightful owners of the wealth and opportunities in the city.”

To register, visit the Ethical Cities – Urban Thinkers Campus website

The Global Compact - Cities Programme is the urban arm of the UN Global Compact – the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.  The Cities Programme works with cities, regions and partners to progress social equity and justice, environmental sustainability and good governance in the urban environment.

World Vision International is a lead partner of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign and elected Co-Chair of the General Assembly of Partner’s Children and Youth Constituent Group for Habitat III.

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise and one of Australia’s original tertiary institutions. The University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education and outcome-oriented research.

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