Humanitarian Cities, Solidarity State? Rethinking the strategies of inclusion of refugees

Humanitarian Cities, Solidarity State? Rethinking the strategies of inclusion of refugees

5 Dec 2019 to 6 Dec 2019
, Germany

1. Title of the Campus: Humanitarian Cities, Solidarity State? Rethinking the strategies of inclusion of refugees

2. Lead Partner Organization: Bauhaus University of Weimar

3. Other Partner Organization(s) Co-Hosting the Campus: 

  1. Weimar Municipality,
  2. UN-Habitat Youth and Livelihood Unit
  3. International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges, 4, United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth

Media Partners

  1. Radio Lotte Weimar,
4. UTC Date: 5-6 December, 2019
5. Location / Venue: Weimar, Thuringia, Germany 
6. Language: English

7. Description of the Campus

The engagement of youth in the local governments is fundamental to the successful implementation of the sustainable development goals and creation of sustainable cities and communities. Sustainability of cities and human settlements is only achieved when the needs of the people of the city, including youth, are met. Ensuring that young people are leaders within local government, and are key contributors to partnerships, is important to the resilience of urban development. Youth participation will give young people a platform to discuss a range of agendas and plans covering The New Urban Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the UN-Habitat Strategic Plan.

Youth participation can happen through sports, schools, art, education, employment, faith communities, and throughout communities. Art is one of the most crucial instruments for the political, social and economic engagement of the young people, so that the Campus will focus on the following topics: Urban Youth Art for the social inclusion and the participation of the young people in the cities, particularly the immigrants, refugees and the young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and youth empowerment in the local governments. The themes of the initiative include but are not limited to, building the urban governance structure, promotion of inclusive and sustainable cities, and reduction of special inequality and poverty in communities across the urban-rural continuum.

The Bauhaus movement, active in Germany from 1919 to 1933, marked a major turning point in the development of design and its role in society. Not only It had a strong influence on the artistic styles of its time but created many effects on the social field. Many of the young people that were influenced by the Bauhaus’ charisma to move to Weimar and Dessau, originated in the then constituency association of Lower Saxony.

In the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus art and design movement, there are many events in Germany not only focusing on the design and architecture part of the Bauhaus Movement but also focusing on social problems and the transformation of the cities. The campus will use the synergy and the momentum of the Bauhausloo celebrations to organize effective content and participation.

8. UTC Programme :  

There will be mainly three stages for the implementation of the campus: 1. Pre-Campus 2. Organization of the 3 days’ campus events 3. Post-Campus Activities.

As a preparation to the campus, the project will be introduced to the students of the University of Weimar, youth-led organizations and the Weimar Municipality Youth Organizations. The goal is to bring the young people, policy makers, local government representatives, academicians, and the artists at the Campus events.

For the 3 days’ main campus events there will be mainly urban lab activities, world café activities, partner group discussions, roundtables, and breakout sessions. Much too often young people are excluded from social, economic, and political spheres. Addressing the exclusion of young people from these spheres will directly address the sustainability of urban development. The program will be a series of group sessions which will be divided into relevant thematic sections. The event will be held over a 4-day period at the Bauhaus University of Weimar in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany.

Post Campus activities are mainly the dissemination of the campus outputs, the creation of more awareness on the implementation of the SDG 11 and the New Urban Agenda and to establish a city youth council in Weimar as a youth participation mechanism. During the 3 days of the campus, there will be also a mural painting activity as an example of urban youth art activity and the dissemination of the project.

9. List of Speakers / Moderators: TBC

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