What is an Urban Thinkers Campus?

The Urban Thinkers Campus is an initiative of UN-Habitat conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban actors who believe that urbanisation is an opportunity and can lead to positive urban transformations.

It is also intended as a platform to build consensus between partners engaged in addressing urbanisation challenges and proposing solutions to urban futures.

The inaugural Urban Thinkers Campus, which took place in October 2014 in Caserta, Italy, was organised on the theme ‘The City We Need’, and brought together urban thinkers and established UN-Habitat partner organisations and constituencies to reflect on current urban challenges and trends and to propose a new paradigm.

The new paradigm will be a contribution to the New Urban Agenda, which will be delivered at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in 2016.

Melbourne Urban Thinkers Campus

The Australasian edition of the Urban Thinkers Campus – Ethical Cities – took place in Melbourne, Australia and focused on what it means to live in an ethical city.

The event brought together 250 business leaders, urban experts, local governments, civil society and academia to debate ‘The City We Need’ in the context of ethical cities. Focus areas for discussion included:


Inclusion and the right to the city

Ethical Urban development

Ethical Cities was organised by the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme and World Vision Australia, with the support of RMIT University. The Urban Thinkers Session on Resilience was co-organized by Resilient Melbourne and the UN GCCP.