Universities Roundtable

Universities Addressing Global Challenges

The roundtable will gather scholars, experts, researchers, university representatives and heads of thematic areas of UN-Habitat to discuss the role of knowledge and education, as well as the possible contributions of universities to address the challenges of sustainable urbanisation in the 21st century. Focusing on the issues raised by the Rio+20 and Post- 2015 Development Agenda processes, the roundtable aims at identifying the real issues affecting the sustainability of rapidly growing cities and what can be done to form a new generation of urban professionals that is better equipped to address them.

In light of the outcomes of Rio+20 Conference and the preparatory discussions for the Habitat III Conference, this roundtable will highlight the attributes of sustainable cities, discuss the implications of the current urbanization pace and single out how tertiary education can bring knowledge, evidence, skills and methods that are needed to plan and realize the notion of sustainability in cities.

Thursday, 10 April 2:00pm - 4:00pm Grand Salon Room 5 and 6


Claudio Acyoli
Unit Leader, UN-Habitat


Michael Cohen
Director, Graduate Programme in International Affairs
The New School

Ana Falú
Coordinator, Gender Hub and Lecturer
National University of Cordoba

Eugénie Birch

Steering Committee Member, Professor and the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Chair of Urban Research and Education
University of Pennsylvania

Rene Peter Hohmann
Senior Urban Specialist
Cities Alliance

Irene Karanja
Executive Director
Muungano Support Trust (MuST)

Michelle Mycoo
Senior Lecturer, Department of Geomatics, Engineeering and Land Management
University of the West Indies

Hans Skotte
Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art
Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskaplige Universitet

Suzanne Speak
Senior Lecturer
New Castle University

Bruce Stiftel
Professor of City and Regional Planning, Chair of the School of City and Regional Planning and Steering Committee Member
Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN)

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