Today the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme and RMIT University launched a first-of-its-kind ‘Ethical Cities’ open online course at the United Nations’ 20 year conference for sustainable cities with the aim of connecting people around the world with ethical concepts and practices for cities. The Ethical Cities course is a principle-based collaborative approach that engages with various stakeholders including government actors, private sector and civil society in shaping a shared vision for their city.
More than 47,000 delegates gathering in Quito, Ecuador for the third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) are there to witness the unveiling of the New Urban Agenda – a plan to shape urban development over the next two decades.

RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, has been engaged in the course’s development from the beginning, delivering the keynote address at the Ethical Cities Urban Thinkers Campus in Melbourne, Australia, in February 2016.

“I asked the team at the UN Global Compact Cities Programme to consider how it may be possible to share their work internationally,” he said. “I am delighted they have worked with RMIT to develop this very important MOOC hosted on the FutureLearn Platform.”

Lead educators for the course are Dr Brendan Barrett, Research Fellow at UNGCCP, and Professor Ralph Horne, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation for RMIT’s College of Design and Social Context.



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