Urban Thinkers Campus: health and wellbeing in the city we need

22/02/2016

This was the theme of this tree-days session held in Kuching, Malaysia. 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 that can lead to positive urban transformations. 

Urban Thinkers Campus: health and wellbeing in the city we need

From 25 to January 27 2016, the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) co-organized in partnership with Think City an Urban Thinkers Campus on Health and Wellbeing. This global event was held in Kuching, Malaysia and aimed to re-imagine sustainable urban development in the interest of human health and environmental wellbeing. A variety of stakeholders including civil society, grass roots where present in order to approach important examples, lessons and principles for urban design and policy, using the concept of eco-social determinants to frame urban health and wellbeing (Urban Thinkers Campus, 2016).

A breakout session led by Duncan Cave, Programme Manager, Think City Sdn Bhd and Dr Natasha Kuruppu, Post-doctoral Fellow with UNU-IIGH focused on the role of traditional knowledge and how it can contribute to healthier cities. As a conclusion, the group stressed that there was a great wealth of traditional knowledge which can have many positive impacts on our cities, and deserve greater recognition and respect if we are to enhance the health and wellbeing of our communities, places and planet (UNU-IIGH, 2016).

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 that 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 re-imagine sustainable urban development in the interest of human health and well-being.

Partners supporting this event include the Alliance for Healthy Cities, International Society for Urban Health, International Union for Health Promotion and Education, ICSU Urban Health and Wellbeing programme, and World Federation of Academic Institutions for Global Health.

Sources of information: UNU-IIGH, Think City and Urban Thinkers Campus

To know more about Urban Thinkers Campus, please access here.

 

Partners

  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya