Urban Thinkers Campus 2019


Since the resolution of the Agenda 2030 and start of the World Urban Campaign (WUC) Mannheim is involved in the process of intertwining of global and local politics. With the first Urban Thinkers Campus “Urban Citizenship in a Nomadic World” in 2016 and its concluding “Mannheim Manifesto”, which figured on the role of citizenship and the role of cities, Mannheim joined the discussion of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) at the UN Habitat III Conference in Quito.

We discussed the results of this conference as well as the local implementation of the NUA and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the Mannheim residents and stakeholders at the second UTC in 2017. The results were presented in several sessions at the World Urban Forum (WUF) 9 in Kuala Lumpur in 2018. We took the input of the WUF 9 back to Mannheim residents who were developing the Mannheim 2030 mission statement in a broad participation process based on the SDGs. For more information, please visit https://www.mannheim.de/en/shaping-the-city/strategic-controlling-office/mission-statement-mannheim-2030

Now that we have a mission statement, the next step is to implement it. In order to achieve our goals, cooperation are crucial. The aim of the UTC 2019 is to create a variety of concrete cooperation forms for implementing the mission statement and therefore the SDGs in Mannheim and the region. The private sector deserves special mention here. As a first step, we had a Global Strategic Dialogue (GSD) “Accelerating the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals in cities: the new role of the private sector” in cooperation with UN Habitat in March 2019. However, cooperation with other cities and regions should not be neglected either.

The Urban Thinkers Campus will take place from the 24th to 26th of october 2019.

There will be five Urban Labs:

  • UL 1: Developing (financial) tools as an incentive for the implementation of the SDG
  • UL 2: Building local networks for implementing the SDGs
  • UL 3: Achieving goals together with other cities and regions
  • UL 4: Creating platforms and joint projects
  • UL 5: Monitoring private engagement

In addition, there will be a cultural framework programme as well as a hackathon.

The location will be at the N1 Townhouse and other locations.


The registration will we opened soon. For more Information you can contact us under the following adress: citylab@mannheim.de