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Partnership platform to promote dialogue, sharing, and learning about how to improve our urban future

"The World Urban Campaign is an advocacy and partnership platform for cities in the twenty first century. Its goal is to place the urban agenda at the highest level in development policies. It is coordinated by UN-Habitat and driven by a large number of committed partners from around the world. ‘I’m a City Changer’ is the advocacy initiative of the World Urban Campaign. It is meant to raise awareness about positive urban change by engaging citizens in voicing issues and solutions to change their urban communities, and to achieve green, productive, safe, healthy, inclusive, and well-planned cities."

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The World Urban Campaign is guided by seven key principles:
• Accessible and pro-poor land, infrastructure, services, mobility and housing;
• Socially inclusive, gender sensitive, healthy and safe development;
• Environmentally sound and carbon-efficient built environment;
• Participatory planning and decision making;
• Vibrant and competitive local economies promoting decent work and livelihoods;
• Assurance of non-discrimination and equal rights to the city; and
• Empowering cities and communities to plan for and effectively manage adversity and change.

The ‘I’m a City Changer’ is the awareness-raising initiative of World Urban Campaign that seeks to facilitate collaboration and bring people together in order to create a better and sustainable urban future for all. Working to promote interest and advocacy in sustainable urbanization, the World Urban Campaign have created a toolkit designed to involve and excite citizens around the world to stand up and improve their cities, making their voices heard as the global urban agenda takes form.

The Global Network on Safer Cities is part of the World Urban Campaign. The Network’s role is to advocate for urban safety and local crime and violence prevention all over the world, as a hub for sharing and learning on initiatives, actions, and policies driving positive change.

Urban crime and violence are at the top of the agenda for many people living in cities. Ask any woman: crime and violence, in their various forms, are her number one concern, particularly if she lives in a poor neighbourhood. A safe city is one that balances enforcement and prevention, investment in youth, and building on the strengths of neighbourhoods and communities.

Using the toolkit, organizations and individuals are invited to envision the best way to plan, build, and manage the cities of tomorrow, where a positive legacy will be left for future generations. It is about the search for unique and innovative solutions sparked from local proposals, while inspiring change through sharing solutions and experiences from cities around the world.

Look at the City Changer Toolkit (PDF) and Safer City Toolkit for great ideas on how to launch your own City Changer campaign.

For more information, visit http://www.worldurbancampaign.org/

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Photo of Meena Kadri

Loving that this toolkit supports bottom-up envisioning and solutions. I wonder if anyone in our community might like to try and reach out to participants to interview them about how they've found this program? Check out our Interview Toolkit: http://ideo.pn/ws-ask

Photo of Janice Wong

Yes, it would be interesting. I explored the site and could not find any responses or feedback. If there are some community members who belong to some of the partner organizations such as World Vision, Global Studio, or the International Union of Architects (UIA) for example, perhaps they could reach out to their colleagues within those organizations to get input. How would one go about finding that out?

Photo of Meena Kadri

Currently we don't have a way of doing that, Janice. If you're on Twitter, you might consider messaging some of these organisations and pointing to your post, asking folks to get involved?

Photo of Janice Wong

Alas, no twitter account but will send out word to those who do have one.