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UNI is an inclusive partnership, enabling an open entry process based on motivation towards sustainable urban development and subsequent opportunities for partners to distinguish themselves through their engagement and achievements towards this goal.

UNI includes two membership levels: “Individual” and “Institutional”.

The basic requirement for institutions wishing to become a partner is to have learning programs focused on sustainable urban development and, for individual members, to be interested and active in the drive towards sustainable urban development.



On an individual level (for primarily staff and students of universities) membership is acquired through signing up here: [gravityform id=”4″ title=”false” description=”false”]



Universities and other tertiary institutions and their associations are eligible for institutional membership. While it is the aim to have the highest level of the university engaged to facilitate multi-sectoral activities across departments and schools, UNI also invites institutional membership at the “highest possible” level (for example, department, school or faculty). The steps to register as institutional members are:

  1. Designate a formal focal point in your institution who will be the main contact person for UN-Habitat communications relating to the partnership.
  2. Fill out the expression of interest and add this to your application here. The Expression of Interest document aims at identifying possible areas of collaboration, align the particular strengths of the potential partner with the goals of UNI, and needs to be signed by the highest possible level at the university.
  3. Should particular elements of the collaboration require a stronger legal framework, a Memorandum of Understanding may instead be developed; the UNI Office will inform whether this is required upon receiving the Expression of Interest.

A UNI Hub is a consortium of universities that agree to work on the same thematic priority under the principles of mutual collaboration, exchange and learning, producing outputs which strengthen the role of universities in forwarding sustainable urban development.

The Hubs established under the umbrella of UNI are to link the ongoing related work of UN-Habitat to the work the Hub does on the subject. Through active collaborations UN-Habitat and these academic consortia are to forward research and action on the thematic target, promoting education, policy advice and professional development which are updated to current urban realities, and which have a strong focus on translating into direct impacts on the city level.

Find a full definition of a UNI Hub, as well as requirements and roles involved here

The active Hubs of UNI are found under Thematic Hubs. Here you can see the current news, related materials, associated partners and upcoming events of each Hub, as well as find out how to become actively engaged in their work.


The Global Urban Lectures were launched in April 2014 as part of UNI’s mission to support the exchange of ideas between urban professionals, academics and experts worldwide.

The series is comprised of lecture packages including a 15 min video, synopsis of the topic, biography of the speaker and links to in depth study.

The lecturers are associated with UN-Habitat, universities, think-tanks, governments, NGOs, and private sector institutions. The series aims to demonstrate a sound evidence-based analysis of a given problem and issues at stake, identify propositions to address them and provide examples that demonstrate how such propositions actually work, are being tested or have been implemented.

All lecture packages are available online, free of charge: Global Urban Lectures

To follow the series and get updates on new releases, do either of the following:

  1. Subscribe to the UN-Habitat YouTube channel 
  2. Follow us on Twitter 
  3. Like the UN-Habitat Facebook page

2011 – Westminster University, UK

2013 – University of South Florida, US

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Claudio Acioly

Head, Capacity Development Unit






Lilia Blades

Habitat UNI Coordinator






Åsa Isacson

Coordinator, Global Urban Lectures