Next City to Host World Stage at UN’s Habitat III in October – Next City

Next City to Host World Stage at UN’s Habitat III in October

Next City, a nonprofit news organization that covers urban issues, wants to know: What do you want to see in your city in the year 2030? The person with the winning answer will be invited to the international conversation about cities at Habitat III in Quito this fall to speak on the World Stage by Next City.

This is a rare opportunity for someone to go behind the scenes of Habitat III with Next City staff and potentially meet thousands of urban leaders from all over the world.

“Tell us about your vision for cities in the 21st century. Be creative and give us your best ideas — the world will be watching!” says Tom Dallessio, Next City President, CEO & Publisher.

On Oct. 17-20, 2016, the world’s leading urban thinkers, advocates, policymakers and officials will be converging in Quito, Ecuador, for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). It will be the first time since 1996 that the international community will come together with the explicit goal of determining a global strategy for sustainable urbanization.

The World Stage by Next City will be the premier hub for conversation about the future of cities during Habitat III. A publicly accessible exhibition space and gallery designed by the award-winning social design collective Proyecto NN, the World Stage is where international experts and urban leaders will gather to engage in dialogue about the UN’s New Urban Agenda and learn about the strides toward increased resilience and equality being made in cities around the world.

Anyone who wants to present on the World Stage must fill out this application. Next City will pay for round-trip airfare to Quito and a hotel room for two nights for the winning applicant.

“Next City wants to bring the voices of people who care about the future of cities to Habitat III. What an amazing opportunity for someone to travel to Quito and tell international leaders why cities matter. This idea is both unique and imperative if we are to have a New Urban Agenda that works for everyone,” Dallessio says.

The ideas that Next City receives will be used on our World Stage and seen by thousands of world leaders, meaning that even applicants who are not chosen will have the opportunity to address leaders from around the globe with their ideas about the future of cities.

The deadline to apply is on Aug. 29, 2016, and the winner will be announced in early September 2016.​

For more information, contact or call 267-239-0762.

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