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World Urban Campaign

What is WUC: World Urban Campaign


About WUC

The World Urban Campaign (WUC) is an advocacy and partnership platform to raise awareness about positive urban change in order to achieve green, productive, safe, healthy, inclusive, and well planned cities. 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 - currently 136 partners and networks - from around the world. 


How WUC Began

The World Urban Campaign builds on the main legacy of the Habitat II Conference (Istanbul, 1996). In particular, the campaign comes as a direct response to the need for partnerships between governments and civil society organizations, local authorities, the private sector, the research community, trade unions, parliamentarians, professional organizations, youth and women groups, in order to achieve sustainable urban development.


This spirit of partnership was first concretized after the Conference by two global campaigns (1999) on the themes of Secure Tenure and Good Urban Governance. Those two campaigns were merged in 2009 to form the World Urban Campaign, a single forward looking strategic campaign to mobilize networks of Habitat Agenda partners to implement a shared vision of sustainable urbanization. The WUC is part of UN-Habitat's work programme. It is governed by a steering committee, composed of UN-Habitat partner organizations, and acts as an advisory body to UN-Habitat's Executive Director. Its Secretariat is coordinated by UN-Habitat. 


The World Urban Campaign Partners agreed on seven principles which have been driving the WUC and its partners since 2010:


1. Accessible and pro-poor land, infrastructure, services, mobility and housing;

2. Socially inclusive, gender sensitive, healthy and safe development;

3. Environmentally sound and carbon-efficient built environment;

4. Participatory planning and decision making;

5. Vibrant and competitive local economies promoting decent work and livelihoods;

6. Assurance of non-discrimination and equal rights to the city; and

7. Empowering cities and communities to plan for and effectively manage adversity and change.


The seven principles underpinning WUC, align quite closely with IFHP’s own broad framework of making cities smarter, healthier, grow greener, climate resilient, healthier, connected, inclusive and safer.


WUC is a call to Join, Think, Share, Act:

- IFHP has joined

- IFHP is putting forward thinking via Urban Solutions

- IFHP is sharing on a regular basis through activities, news and the WUC newsletter

- IFHP is acting as an Implementation Agent