According to UN Reports the world will receive 2.5 billion more people in the next 30 years. Due to rapid urbanization a majority of these people will be urban dwellers' who will have to cope with the rapidly changing weather patterns. These trends combined with rural to urban migration of existing populations and the fact that 1/3 of the world's urban population lives in slums emphasizes the urgent need for high quality urban design and planning along with securing its implementation.
In response, the United Nations will be convening Habitat III, the bicentennial UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, in October 2016. This conference aims to secure political consensus and commitment to an improved pathway for a "New Urban Agenda” for the next 20 years, one that will promote sustainable urbanisation. In preparation for Habitat III, the UN-Habitats World Urban Campaign has created an initiative named The Urban Thinker's Campus, conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban researchers, professionals, and decision-makers who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to positive transformation for sustainable development.