Call for Applications! APUFY 2015

The first Asia-Pacific Urban Youth Assembly at
APUF-6 in Jakarta, 17-18 October (APUFY) (Application deadline: 30
September 2015)

Are you a young person from Asia and the Pacific aged 18-32, and passionate
about urban issues? Read on!

BACKGROUND
As an official side event of the 6th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-6) in
Jakarta, Indonesia, the Asia-Pacific Urban Youth Assembly at APUF-6
(nickname “APUFY”) provides a regional platform for Asia-Pacific’s youth to
articulate urban issues and solutions impacting their lives and
communities. As the first gathering of diverse organizations and groups
representing youth in discussions of urban agenda at the regional level,
APUFY offers a step towards strengthening constructive partnership with
youth as key stakeholder in issues facing Asia-Pacific cities.

OBJECTIVES
APUFY seeks to achieve the following objectives:
To articulate priority issues and strategies for further strengthening
youth participation in governance in Asia-Pacific cities
To facilitate capacity building based on a variety of successful youth
leadership models and youth-led solutions for sustainable and inclusive
urban development
To demonstrate youth’s ability and knowledge by having a high degree of
volunteer-led design, management, and participation in a diverse and
innovative set of activities
To strengthen voices of Asia-Pacific youth in regional and global urban
policy dialogues by linkages with APUF-6 and the Habitat-III process,
including inputs to UN MGCY-Habitat III, and beyond

APUFY will offer a highly interactive and diverse programme, including two
plenary sessions, 12 thematic parallel sessions, skills workshops and
optional activities, cultural evenings, and dialogues on urban policies.

APPLY NOW
Please note, applications for APUFY international participants closes on
Wednesday, September 30 at 11:59pm UTC/GMT time.  Selection process for
Indonesia citizens may be subject to a different schedule.  300
participants will be selected in total.

To apply, please go to (international applicants):  https://goo.gl/N0VAje
For more information, visit the official website at www.apufy.org .

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MGCY in Baqa’a!

The UN Major Group for Children and Youth, an officially mandated space for young people to engage in the UN negotiations, has recently concluded youth consultations in the Baqa’a refugee camp in Amman, Jordan. The camp was built for Palestinians back in 1968 and today is home to some 100,000 people. Interestingly, you’d never think you’re in a camp as the place feels like any town in the region.

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During the MGCY’s visit, around 30 young people came together to discuss the youth priorities in the Habitat III process, to help frame the “New Urban Agenda”. Not surprisingly, the top priorities identified by the Baqa’a youth were to have free and safe spaces and to put an end to their frustrations. Young people need physical space to play with their friends, they need a space to socialize and actively engage in the community life. Lack of such spaces makes it difficult for them to be fully active in local governance and development.

Many of the Baqa’a youth residents were asked for their needs by various international NGOs, yet regardless of their answers, it didn’t bring a change. This must be very frustrating. We need to put an end to these empty “consultations” carried out to legitimize ones mandate and actions and start focusing on actual collaborations with young people. Listening what they have to say is just a beginning of the action that should follow.

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Even in places like Baqa’a, where young people face lot more challenges, the young people are motivated and eager to help others. For example, girls that participated in our consultations want to rehearse a play to share their experiences to fight the use of drugs by young people. They want to show it to the community, despite not having proper theatre facilities to practice or perform.

Changing reality takes time but it starts with little actions by every one of us. Advocacy actions are thus extremely important, at any level. Whether you talk to your friend on the street or a government official in a conference room, your opinion and actions matter as much.

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The MGCY’s visit to Baqa’a was extremely successful and we are very grateful to UNRWA, UNICEF and International Federation of Medical Student Association Jordan to make it happen. Thank you!