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World Urban Campaign ACADEMY 

Building on the success of the success of the #Urbanthinkers Campus movement 


The Urban Thinkers Campus movement has engaged about 30,000 people on a variety of topics addressing the New Urban Agenda in more than 250 UTC worldwide since its launch in 2015. This outstanding accomplishment demonstrates the ability of campaign partners to mobilize and engage around crucial New Urban Agenda issues, as well as their interest in forging alliances for additional action. Through direct peer learning, the knowledge amassed in the UTCs could be used to spur more action and impart skills and knowledge to interested actors both inside and outside the WUC platform. This would help accelerate action in the current context of urgency to achieve the SDGs and to fast-track the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.




The initiative, called the World Urban Campaign Academy (WUCA), would compile and evaluate the knowledge created in the Urban Thinkers Campuses. For city and community actors, it would provide a series of peer-learning sessions in adaptable modules to support urban planning and design, urban institutions, legal frameworks, and urban economic processes.


Achieve the city we need through increased collaboration and learning.



Support peer-learning to fast-track the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.



  • To pass on skills and know-how gathered by WUC partners in UTCs in order to support the fast and effective implementation of solutions to achieve the SDGs and New Urban Agenda.

  • To provide a peer-learning platform to WUC partners that help connect the skills and know-how of partners with matching needs for implementation.

  • To serve as an incubator bringing together mentors and mentees to help implement projects and initiatives.





Housing for All

UN-Habitat places affordability, sustainability and inclusiveness of the housing sector at the core of the urbanization process. Housing is more than just a roof; it’s the opportunity for better lives and a better future. Housing is about safety, health, education and employment.

City Climate Action

Cities are on the front line of climate change impact and are at the heart of climate action. WUC promotes effective scalable solutions and innovations with a focus on low urban- based carbon emissions, building climate resilience of the urban poor.


Urban Crises

Urban crises are increasingly complex and need to be addressed through enhanced social integration and inclusive communities through effective crisis response and recovery. Enhanced resilience of the built environment and infrastructure are key priorities in the current context.

SDG Localization

SDGs localization is about translating the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into local actions and impacts that contribute to the global achievement of the SDGs. We will engage more cities to join SDG localization as a framework of action.

The World Urban Campaign Academy (WUCA) should be designed as platform to compile and evaluate the knowledge created in the Urban Thinkers Campuses or a platform with highly effective tools for improving sustainable urban development in the 4 Thematic priorities mentioned aboveHere are some steps to help you get started:

1.    Define the objectives, the theme and the scope of the WUCA: Before you start organizing the academy, it is important to determine its goals and scope. What topics will it cover? Who is the target audience? What outcomes do you hope to achieve? These questions will help you establish a clear vision for the academy and guide your planning process

2.    Identify key partners and stakeholders: To ensure the success of the WUCA, it is important to involve a range of partners and stakeholders, including local government agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and private sector entities. These stakeholders can provide expertise, resources, and support for the academy.

3.    Develop the curriculum: The curriculum of the WUCA should be based on the knowledge generated in the Urban Thinkers Campuses and should provide a series of adaptable modules to support urban planning and design, urban institutions, legal frameworks, and urban economic processes.... The curriculum should be designed to be practical and relevant to the needs of city and community actors and should include peer-learning sessions and case studies.

4.    Identify trainers and facilitators: Trainers and facilitators should be selected based on their expertise in the relevant subject areas, as well as their ability to engage and motivate participants. It is important to select trainers and facilitators who have experience working with diverse audiences and who can adapt their teaching style to meet the needs of the participants.

5.    Select a venue and schedule: The venue for the WUCA should be easily accessible and have appropriate facilities for training and group work. The schedule should be designed to accommodate the needs of the participants and should be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on feedback and evaluation. It can be an WUCA Session (Max. 2Hours) during your Urban Thinkers Campus

6.    Promote the WUCA: To ensure that the WUCA reaches its target audience, it is important to develop a marketing and promotion strategy. This strategy should include a range of communication channels, including social media, email, and targeted outreach to relevant stakeholders. (The World Urban Campaign Secretariat could provide visibility thought our Social Media platforms)   

7.    Evaluate the WUCA: To measure the impact of the WUCA, it is important to develop an evaluation framework that includes both quantitative and qualitative measures. This evaluation should be conducted throughout the academy, and should be used to guide improvements and adjustments to the curriculum and training methodology.



Our online knowledge platform for the World Urban Campaign Academy (WUCA) can be a valuable tool for sharing information, fostering collaboration, and supporting sustainable urban development. Here are some examples of what you might find on a WUCA online knowledge platform:

Course content (*): The platform would include course content for each module of the WUCA curriculum, including presentations, videos, case studies, and other learning resources. The content would be designed to be interactive and engaging, and would be accessible to participants at any time.

Discussion forums (*): The platform would include discussion forums where participants can ask questions, share ideas, and engage in peer-to-peer learning. These forums would be moderated by trained facilitators who can provide guidance and feedback.

Networking opportunities (*): The platform would provide networking opportunities for participants to connect with each other, as well as with experts and organizations working in the field of sustainable urban development. This could include online events, webinars, and other networking opportunities.

Resource library (*): The platform would include a resource library that participants can access to find relevant reports, publications, videos, and other resources related to sustainable urban development. 

(*) All the Urban Thinkers Campus content. 

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