- Research and Academia Partner Constituency Group- General Assembly of Partners, UNESCO Chair on Gender – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid,
- Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, UNESCO Chair on Gender – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UNI UN-Habitat, The University of Auckland, Dialogue on Shelter SDI Zimbabue, UNU-IIGH, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Faculdade de Arquitetura, Universidade de Lisboa, UN Habitat AGGI Chair – National University Of Cordoba, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Center for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, International Council for Science (ICSU), University of Technology Jamaica, Stanford University, Istanbul Technical University, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, City Space Architecture
The implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals depend on the active participation of the world's research community. Academics and researchers are advocates for the use of sound research methods and support the co-production and sharing of knowledge to better inform policymaking and strengthen the capacity of government agencies. The academic community also monitors the development, management, governance and capacity building initiatives of human settlements worldwide. To maximize these contributions, innovative networking and dissemination platforms are needed, especially ones that include new channels of engagement with grassroots and traditionally marginalized communities whose voices rarely enter academic and policy debates.
The Event will focus on the mobilization of human and economic resources to promote and run a multi-stakeholder 'knowledge platform' for sustainable urbanization, as well as cutting-edge, scalable capacity building initiatives. It will demonstrate how and why academics promote nature and community-based innovation, robust science-policy interfaces in urban and territorial planning and policy formulation, the use of a systems approach to understand and address complex urban issues, as well as institutionalized mechanisms for sharing and exchanging information and capacity building.
The Event not only seeks to bring together the range of ideas and initiatives on knowledge production, science-policy interfaces and capacity building discussed at Habitat 3, but also to map out a set of actionable steps and commitments among academics and grassroots groups, as well as between the RAPCG, UN-UNI, the networks of UNESCO Chairs, and policymakers, to ensure the NUA and SDGs are implemented.
The Event will be organized as a panel discussion that will present, discuss and expand upon existing proposals to establish a global 'Knowledge Platform' for sustainable urbanization. Participants will discuss strategies to strengthen community-academia relations, and capacity building initiatives, especially in key regions of the World and for the promotion of key Sustainable Development Goals.