Urban Thinker Campus #2 – World Urban Campaign, UNHabitat: Reclaiming Commons Through Rights to The City

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The Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) model is an initiative of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, conceived as an open space for critical exchange between all stakeholders and partners aims to promote sustainable urbanization. It is also envisaged as a platform to advocate for enlightened planning and design, community engagement, good urban governance and management of our cities as advocated in The City We Need and propose urban solutions in addressing urbanization challenges to urban futures.

RCUS and ITDP Indonesia on UTC #2, “Reclaiming Commons Through Rights to The City”

In regards to the UTC #2, Rujak Center for Urban Studies (RCUS) and Institute of Transportation and  Development Policy (ITDP) Indonesia will present a session titled “Reclaiming Commons Through Rights to The City”. We comprehend that the COVID-19 pandemic exposes and escalates the existing inequalities in the urban environment, both socially and infrastructurally. As The New Urban Agenda (NUA) aims to take a strategic advantage out of urbanization to adequately address the existing and emerging urban challenges, we instead see this pandemic as a momentum that could accelerate the implementation of socially just urban environments. Fundamentally relying on the perspective of Rights To The City, we believe that all urban dwellers must enjoy equal rights in terms of housing, infrastructure and well-being, which is declared in Sustainable Development Goals No. 3 (Good Health and Well-being), 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities). After all this time, we realize that neoliberalism has taken a toll to the Rights To The City through reduced access and a system that allows inequality to endure. If Naomi Klein’s Disaster Capitalism exposes a concept that exploits catastrophic events on behalf of capitalists, the same concept draws us to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for reclaiming back the urban commons within a frame of Rights To The City; ensuring access to adequate housing and water needs, utilizing passive urban lands for public use and relieving car-free urban streets. Through this event, we would like to discuss:

  • To what extent the urban space can be fully utilized for the public interest?
  • How can we recognize the survival adaptation strategy of urban dwellers amids the New Normal?
  • How implementation and policies towards COVID-19 are in accordance with the co-production of knowledge?


  • Faela Sufa, South East Asia Director, Institute of Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) Indonesia
  • Elisa Sutanudjaja, Executive Director, Rujak Center for Urban Studies
  • Anies Rasyid Baswedan, Governor of Jakarta
  • Helga Leitner, Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, UCLA
  • Moderator: Evi Mariani, Managing Editor, The Jakarta Post

Date and Time: July 6th 2020

  • 19.00 – 20.30 (Western Indonesian Time)
  • 08.00 – 9.30 A.M (Eastern Daylight Time)
  • 05.00 – 6.30 A.M (Pacific Daylight Time)
  • 14.00 – 15.30 (Central European Time)
  • 12.00 – 13.30 (Greenwich Mean Time)



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