Campus/Conference Structure

Urban Thinkers Sessions
In the spirit of sharing, the Urban Thinkers Sessions will allow a high level of exchange through thematic discussions. Urban Thinkers Sessions are open to all participants and will feed the debate on key issues in order to contribute to a new urban paradigm. Leading scholars and practitioners will share their expertise during these sessions.

Urban Labs
In the spirit of learning, the Urban Labs explore new practices and models that can inspire participants in their thinking. While the labs focus on new thinking and innovation, emphasis is often put on implementation of new models. This underscores the importance of bringing possible implementing partners around the table. For example, in the Academic sessions, thematic debates (Children, Economy, Environment, Gender, Health, Heritage, Security, Urban Form) focus on the link between research, policy and practice.

Constituent Group Drafting Sessions
Constituent Group Drafting Sessions is organized along partners’ constituent groups (Government, Professionals, Academia and Researchers, Civil Society and Grassroots Organizations, Private Sector and Foundations), in which urban thinkers will debate and brainstorm with their peers on the theme of the Campus. These constituent groups meet every day, in the style of a caucus, in order to refl ect on inputs, debate and decide on the key messages of that constituency. The Constituent Group Drafting Sessions provide a space for members of the constituencies to be on the same page in terms of policy and advocacy. These sessions should ultimately produce detailed and comprehensive position documents, which can inform the New Urban Agenda.

The City We Need Debate
The Urban Thinkers Campus is an outcome driven event that are related to the global partners’ process for Habitat III. As such, it is important that participants are prepared for this process before the starting of the Campus (see annexes 1-4). In addition to the written work in the Constituent Group Drafting Sessions, participants should be ready to produce a detailed joint “Public Space for the City We Need” document, as a collective position of the constituencies represented at the Campus. The framework for the outcome document will be addressed in a series of panels and the drafting process will be facilitated by a Drafting Committee representing all constituencies.