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Launching #UrbanAction in Quito

In October 2016, the world leaders and representatives of the member states will gather in Quito, Ecuador to adopt the New Urban Agenda, a brand new road map to deal with all urban issues and a guide to achieving SDGs particularly in the urban context. For the first time in history, young people were recognized as stakeholders in the drafting process and are frequently referred to throughout the document. That is why UN-HABITAT wants young people to be placed in the front line of the action that will follow. Acknowledging young people’s enormous potential and capacity, UN-HABITAT works with top global youth networks to ensure that Quito marks the beginning of the youth “#UrbanAction”.

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What is #Urban Action?

#UrbanAction is a global campaign calling on young people to actively engage in positive urban development. Youth groups, organizations and individuals alike will be encouraged to design and develop #UrbanAction projects in their city that build on the commitments outlined in the New Urban Agenda, and positively contribute to achieving one (or more) of the SDGs. We aim to implement over 150 youth projects related to New Urban Agenda and SDGs within the first year of NUA adoption.

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Why Youth?

Youth represent an essential and dynamic resource. Globally, 85% of the world’s young people live in developing countries and ever-increasing number of them is growing up in cities. We have the largest youth population ever – 1.8 billion young people are below 24 years of age. This is not a small number and as such, youth should be brought on-board as partners and assets.

Youth participation and engagement is the cornerstone of the #UrbanAction, empowering them to increase their level of engagement in local governance and activate their participation in sustainable urban development activities socially, politically and economically. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces. The success lies in participatory and inclusive approaches that leave no-one behind.

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While Quito will mark the launch of the #Urban Action, with first few project ideas implemented, the real work comes after Habitat III is over. Coordinated through the AIESEC international network and other partners, youth all over the world will commit and implement their #UrbanAction projects in their cities, in line with the New Urban Agenda and one (or more) of the SDGs. Join #UrbanAction today!

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LATAM Youth Shaping One Latin America for Habitat III

 

Bogota witnessed something very special on Friday 8th April, 2016. Over 300 young people from the Latin America & the Caribbean region gathered in the Colombian Capital for AIESEC’s Youth Speak Forum, which was organized in partnership with UN-HABITAT and PVBLIC Foundation to bring LATAM youth voices to the discussions around Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda.

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The energy in the room was electrifying from the moment the participants strolled in, making the event one not to forget. The whole thing kicked off with a dialogue between Mr. Douglas Ragan, the Chief of Youth Unit, UN-HABITAT and Mr. Sergio Fernandez de Cordova, the Chairman of PVBLIC Foundation and co-founder of P3GM. The gentlemen had an extremely interesting and engaging discussion around the importance of public/private partnerships for global political frameworks, SDGs and 2030 Agenda and building sustainable and resilient cities. What we’ve learned is that the partnerships need to be reinvented with a purpose, if we ever want to achieve anything. The private sector struggles to understand the importance of working for a cause and is thus largely missing on new market opportunities. Although it may not seem so, young people play a critical role in the equation. Public and private sector needs them more than they need them in the battle of social transformation and community development in cities. Therefore, it’s a three-way partnership that we need to look at if we want to make a difference.

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Surrounded by inspiring and highly experienced professionals from various backgrounds, the participants had a chance to voice their thoughts and opinions in 12 breakout sessions that were designed to make them discuss different issues young people face in contemporary cities. The outcomes and recommendations from each session were then collected and presented at the end of the day as a draft positioning of LATAM youth towards Habitat III. Completing the statement will take a while but it was clear from the beginning that in order to achieve any enhancement of LATAM cities, mindsets of ordinary people as well as people in power will have to change and communication will have to improve.

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With Habitat III in Ecuador fast approaching, we have to continue working together to ensure that young people are not only heard but are present at the negotiations in October. Watch this space for updates what’s next.

 

The Rise of the Youth 4 Global Goals Campaign

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On February 16, 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco, a new global campaign was born. Created for young people to promote and contribute to achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the campaign will educate, empower and engage youth in the global process. UN-HABITAT joins forces with AIESEC International, PVBLIC Foundation and Asian Development Bank to launch this very important campaign that aims to reach hundreds of thousands young people worldwide and become part of the history.

Unlike with the Millennium Development Goals, young people have an opportunity to play a significant role in achieving SDGs since the very beginning of the process. They have the skills as well as the capacity to plan and deliver, especially because they are not hindered by bureaucracies of governments and large international organizations. Thus, the way the world will be shaped by 2030 depends largely on youth engagement and youth participation in the SDGs projects and initiatives.

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In 2016, the campaign has a number of its own ambitious goals. With the help of the founding partners, #Youth4GG wants to reach out to 1,000,000 young people across the world through the Youth Speak Survey. It is important to understand how young people themselves view the world and its challenges, what solutions they propose and what they imagine the world in 2030 to be like. Youth Speak Forums, organized to bring together young and senior leaders from a diverse cross-sectorial background, are held to ensure that young people are not only aware of SDGs, but that they understand the message, the targets and the indicators. Over 15,000 youth leaders are invited to attend the forums in the upcoming months. Lastly, the action. It’s time we walk the talk and shift our focus from the conference halls to action on the ground. 28,000 young people are expected to take an action in 2016, however small or large, to contribute towards achievement of SDGs.

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Urban Youth have to be recognized in any sustainable climate agreement

Good partnerships are worth their weight in gold – and in that sense UN-Habitat´s Youth Unit is a millionaire. For COP21, UN-Habitat has partnered up with two brilliant youth-led partners; the YMCA and the Climate Tracker Initiative. The YMCA is organizing Camp Climate © and UN-Habitat´s Youth Unit is proud to partner with one of the largest youth organizations in the world with more than 58 millions members globally and programs on the ground in more than 118 countries around the world. During COP21, YMCA has been a home away from home for close to 400 youth activists from 43 different countries. There they have been trained on both the issues at stake in the negotiations as well trained on how to influence policy makers and the decision-makers present in Paris. For more information on the work YMCA is doing in Paris, going here would be a good starting point!

So inspired by @unhabitatyouth and @KFUKKFUMGlobal. You are thoughtful and smart, and you will change the world! pic.twitter.com/syMpZFzkQb

Climate Trackers are a ever growing group of young communicators who blog, sketch, design and create communication materials on what is happening at COP. Currently they’ve done upward of 400 articles globally. If you are interested, you can follow some of them on twitter   .

There is no lack of young people participating at the 21st Conference of Parties of the UN´s Framework Convention on climate change (UNFCCC) – popularly known as the COP21 taking place these two weeks in Paris, France. Yet, walking around in the Climate Generation Areas of the COP21 venue seeing all the engaged young people, it is hard not to ask the question whether or not the perspectives of urban youth really impacts the governments negotiating their future. It is the youth in cities who´s going to inherit the planet and sort out the mess left behind by today´s decision-makers.

One thing is clear: cities and local governments hold the key to a sustainable future, and the people who´s going to implement it are the youth. It is hard to see these two stakeholder groups around the table where the agreement is drafted.

To put things in perspective[1]; every second, the total population of world cities grows by two people. Every year, about 6 million people join the other 828 million already living in slums. More than 3 million people in cities die each year of air pollution – that is more than HIV/Aids, malaria and flu combined. And if nothing is done, half of the homes in 21 US cities will be under water by 2100.

Youth and Climate Change

Luckily for this planet, the youth community is not going to sit quietly and idle watching this go by. UN-Habitat is millionaires in two ways – first, we have the coolest mandate of all the UN agencies and secondly, we have the best partners. As the UN agency for sustainable cities and urbanization, we partner with local authorities and cities all over the world enabling them to be safe, inclusive, resilient for all urban citizens. At the same time, we know that in developing countries as much as 50% of the urban population is below the age of 30. That is why youth and youth-led organizations are part of the “gold” we are saving up on. To imagine a sustainable urbanization and a sustainable future without true and meaningful participation of youth-led organizations is, in lack of better words in the middle of December, to believe in Santa Claus.

 

 

[1] http://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2015/dec/08/statistics-show-cities-key-future-planet-un-climate-change

Your chance to get your voice heard in #HabitatIII!

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 11.33.07Habitat III is the third Habitat agenda conference which will be held in Quito, Ecuador in october 2016. It will set a #NewUrbanAgenda globally, and is likely to have a large impact on how our cities and settlements will look in the future. It is also the first big UN-conference to discuss the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs). 

Still figuring out how to get involved with Habitat III? The Habitat III secretariat will continuosly be hosting online dialogues divided into the six thematic areas defined as part of the agenda so far. The six areas are Social Cohesion and Equity, Urban Frameworks,  Spatial Development, Urban Economy, Urban Ecology and Environment and Urban Housing and Basic Services.

For each of the thematic areas, the secretariat has prepared a number of issue papers, discussing the subareas of each theme. These issue papers serve as a god baseline for the discussion, but is by no means a requirement to read the papers in order to get engaged in the discussion. The secretariat is looking for good practices, examples and opinions that can be used as part of the foundation for the New Urban Agenda. 

You can get engaged by creating a profile and start adding comments to each of the thematic areas. Urban issues touches upon so many aspects of young peoples lives, and it is very likely that YOU will have a valuable contribution towards creating a #youth friendly, equitable and inclusive New Urban Agenda. 

The consultations will be announced continuously, stay informed at https://www.habitat3.org/sitemap

Get involved!

International #YouthDay: Join the Twitter discussion!

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On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

The theme of International Youth Day, 12 August 2015, is “Youth Civic Engagement.” The engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development. Yet often the opportunities for youth to engage politically, economically and socially are low or non-existent.

On this occasion, The UN Secretary General Envoy on Youth is hosting a Twitter chat, where several UN agencies and civil society organisations will join in on the discussion. So can YOU(th)! Check out the schedule for the thematic chats below, and join in!

The hashtags for the event is #YouthNow and #YouthDay

For regular updates from the discussion, follow: @AhmadAlhendawi, @unhabitatyouth @action2015youth, @restlessdev, @myworld, @MToomeyUN, @undp, @undp4youth, @unhabitat, @unfoundation

Thematic twitter discussions: (times are Eastern Standard Time)

9am-9:30am EST   |   A Chat with Youth and Civil Society on Youth Engagement  

  • Youth and civil society organizations chat about Youth Engagement

9:30am-10:00am EST  |   #AskYouthEnvoy: A Chat with the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

  • Ask the SG’s Envoy on Youth about youth-related issues

1:30pm – 2:00pm EST  |  My World: A Future Defined by 5 Million Young People Globally

  • The My World Survey findings explained and elaborated

2:00pm – 2:30pm EST  |   Youth Civic Engagement and the United Nations

  • How can youth engage in the UN?

2:30pm-3pm EST |  Topic: Youth Mobilization for Global Action and Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • How can youth contribute to the implementation of the SDGs?

Log on to twitter.com and contribute, or simply enhance your knowledge about how youth are and can be drivers of positive change around the globe.

Vote Now for the next Youth Advisory Board 2015-2017!

The Youth Advisory Board is a youth consultative body that advises the UN-HABITAT on strategies to engage young people in sustainable urban development. Currently heading to its fourth term, the YAB has made tremendous progress in mainstreaming youth issues into UN-HABITAT’s work over the past 7 years.

On Friday 31st July, the voting for the next Youth Advisory Board (YAB) has opened its lines for exactly one month. If you are between 16-32 then use this opportunity to cast a vote for your future regional representative! 14 members with equal gender representation per region will work hard to put youth at the forefront of high-level discussions and decision-making processes.

Quick look at the candidates fighting for your support:

Africa

Mr. Abel Williams Cheayan, Youth and Environment Advocate, Liberia Mr. George Ndung’u, Country Coordinator for Organization for African Youth, Kenya Ms. Harimbolam Alala Rakoto Andrianjaf, Town Planner Technician, Madagascar Ms. Irene Ikomu, Youth Activist on Governance and Democracy, Uganda Mr. Josias Ambeu, Global Internship Program Director at AISEC, Côte d’Ivoire Ms. Margaret Koli, Social Entrepreneur, Kenya Mr. Mathews Mhuru, Program Lead for Youth Engagement at Marie Stopes International, Zambia Ms. Sarah Mwikali Musau, Project Officer at Action Network for the Disabled, Kenya Mr. Usman Muhammad, Coordinator for Africa at the UN University’s Regional Center of Expertise – Global RCE Network, Nigeria Ms. Vanessa Phekani, Social Entrepreneur, Malawi
Mr. Abel Williams Cheayan, Youth and Environment Advocate, Liberia
Mr. George Ndung’u, Country Coordinator for Organization for African Youth, Kenya
Ms. Harimbolam Alala Rakoto Andrianjaf, Town Planner Technician, Madagascar
Ms. Irene Ikomu, Youth Activist on Governance and Democracy, Uganda
Mr. Josias Ambeu, Global Internship Program Director at AISEC, Côte d’Ivoire
Ms. Margaret Koli, Social Entrepreneur, Kenya
Mr. Mathews Mhuru, Program Lead for Youth Engagement at Marie Stopes International, Zambia
Ms. Sarah Mwikali Musau, Project Officer at Action Network for the Disabled, Kenya
Mr. Usman Muhammad, Coordinator for Africa at the UN University’s Regional Center of Expertise – Global RCE Network, Nigeria
Ms. Vanessa Phekani, Social Entrepreneur, Malawi

Arab States

Ms. Aya Chebbi, Blogger, Activist and Founder of African Youth Movement and Voice of Women Initiative, Tunisia Mr. Fadi Abushammala, Youth Program Manager at General Union of Cultural Centers, Palestine/Gaza Mr. Hossam Hassan Ibrahim Ali, Social Activist and Co-founder of Open Space Egypt, Egypt Mr. Hussein Murtaja, Spokesman for Victims of Wars and Armed Conflict and Founder of Youth Letters Group, Palestine Mr. Karam Alhamad, Human Rights Activist and Freelance Photojournalist, Syria Ms. Lama Alghalib, Social Activist and Founder of Shababuna non-profit, Saudi Arabia Ms. Maria Difallah, Medical Doctor and Human Rights Educator, Algeria Ms. Olfa Lazreg, Social Activist, Tunisia Ms. Ru’a Al-Abweh, Architect and Urban Planner, Jordan Mr. Salah Algabli, Founder of One Hand NGO, Yemen
Ms. Aya Chebbi, Blogger, Activist and Founder of African Youth Movement and Voice of Women Initiative, Tunisia
Mr. Fadi Abushammala, Youth Program Manager at General Union of Cultural Centers, Palestine/Gaza
Mr. Hossam Hassan Ibrahim Ali, Social Activist and Co-founder of Open Space Egypt, Egypt
Mr. Hussein Murtaja, Spokesman for Victims of Wars and Armed Conflict and Founder of Youth Letters Group, Palestine
Mr. Karam Alhamad, Human Rights Activist and Freelance Photojournalist, Syria
Ms. Lama Alghalib, Social Activist and Founder of Shababuna non-profit, Saudi Arabia
Ms. Maria Difallah, Medical Doctor and Human Rights Educator, Algeria
Ms. Olfa Lazreg, Social Activist, Tunisia
Ms. Ru’a Al-Abweh, Architect and Urban Planner, Jordan
Mr. Salah Algabli, Founder of One Hand NGO, Yemen

Asia Pacific

Mr. Achmad Solikhin, Founder of Indonesian Green Action Forum, Indonesia Ms. Alexandra (Sacha) King, Social Worker, Australia Ms. Anoka Primrose, Environmental Conservationist, Eco-Social Entrepreneur and Youth Policy Advocate, Sri-Lanka Mr. Brabim Kumar K.C., Activist, Researcher, Writer and Youth Leader, Nepal Mr. Ho Yin William Chan, Urban Designer, Australia Mr. Kabir Arora, Coordinator of Alliance of Indian Wastepickers, India Ms. Koel Wrigley, Community Engagement Consultant, Australia Mr. Senel Wanniarachchi, UN Youth Delegate, Sri-Lanka Mr. SM Shaikat, Youth Leader and Manager of SERAC, Bangladesh Ms. Uditi Agarwal, Architect, Urban Planner and Culture Professional, India
Mr. Achmad Solikhin, Founder of Indonesian Green Action Forum, Indonesia
Ms. Alexandra (Sacha) King, Social Worker, Australia
Ms. Anoka Primrose, Environmental Conservationist, Eco-Social Entrepreneur and Youth Policy Advocate, Sri-Lanka
Mr. Brabim Kumar K.C., Activist, Researcher, Writer and Youth Leader, Nepal
Mr. Ho Yin William Chan, Urban Designer, Australia
Mr. Kabir Arora, Coordinator of Alliance of Indian Wastepickers, India
Ms. Koel Wrigley, Community Engagement Consultant, Australia
Mr. Senel Wanniarachchi, UN Youth Delegate, Sri-Lanka
Mr. SM Shaikat, Youth Leader and Manager of SERAC, Bangladesh
Ms. Uditi Agarwal, Architect, Urban Planner and Culture Professional, India

Europe

Mr. Abdelkarim Bellafkih, Engineer and Founder of Free Hands youth NGO, Belgium Ms. Caroline Romero Trueba, Teacher and UNICEF Volunteer, Spain Ms. Cecile Pilot, CliMates Youth Activist, France Mr. Christophoros Pavlakis, Un-HABITAT Youth Fund Mentor, Greece Mr. Jonas Freist-Held, Student Assistant at the Research Institute Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany Ms. Katerina Gavrielidou, Young Leader and Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, Cyprus Ms. Lise Weltzien, Social Activist and Researcher, Norway Ms. Meloe de Reuver, Student and Young Professional, UK Mr. Peter Mladenov, Human Rights Advocate, Bulgaria Ms. Wasima Khan, Social Entrepreneur and Blogger, the Netherlands
Mr. Abdelkarim Bellafkih, Engineer and Founder of Free Hands youth NGO, Belgium
Ms. Caroline Romero Trueba, Teacher and UNICEF Volunteer, Spain
Ms. Cecile Pilot, CliMates Youth Activist, France
Mr. Christophoros Pavlakis, Un-HABITAT Youth Fund Mentor, Greece
Mr. Jonas Freist-Held, Student Assistant at the Research Institute Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
Ms. Katerina Gavrielidou, Young Leader and Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, Cyprus
Ms. Lise Weltzien, Social Activist and Researcher, Norway
Ms. Meloe de Reuver, Student and Young Professional, UK
Mr. Peter Mladenov, Human Rights Advocate, Bulgaria
Ms. Wasima Khan, Social Entrepreneur and Blogger, the Netherlands

Latin America & the Caribbean

Ms. Alexandra Pierre, National Coordinator of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network, Haiti Mr. Aldo Arce, Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Puerta Joven, Mexico Mr. Anis Badi Zarate Khalili, Youth Leader and Community Developer, Mexico Ms. Debora Gouveia, Social Entrepreneur, Youth Advocate and Founder of Engajamundo, Brazil Mr. Geraldo Porteny Backal, Philanthropist, Social Innovator and Human Rights Activist, Mexico  Ms. Jamilla Sealy, Regional Chairperson of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network, Barbados Ms. Jodykay Maxwell, Programme Manager at UNEP-Caribbean, Jamaica Mr. Julio Lima, National Social Director of TECHO, Brazil Mr. Leonardo Parraga, Founder of BogotArt, Colombia Mr. Luis Wilson Lechon Sanchez, Youth Activits, Ecuador
Ms. Alexandra Pierre, National Coordinator of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network, Haiti
Mr. Aldo Arce, Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Puerta Joven, Mexico
Mr. Anis Badi Zarate Khalili, Youth Leader and Community Developer, Mexico
Ms. Debora Gouveia, Social Entrepreneur, Youth Advocate and Founder of Engajamundo, Brazil
Mr. Geraldo Porteny Backal, Philanthropist, Social Innovator and Human Rights Activist, Mexico
Ms. Jamilla Sealy, Regional Chairperson of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network, Barbados
Ms. Jodykay Maxwell, Programme Manager at UNEP-Caribbean, Jamaica
Mr. Julio Lima, National Social Director of TECHO, Brazil
Mr. Leonardo Parraga, Founder of BogotArt, Colombia
Mr. Luis Wilson Lechon Sanchez, Youth Activits, Ecuador

North America

Mr. Aaron Joshua, Founder of the Canadian Youth Think Tank, Canada Ms. Chiara Camponeschi, Founder of Enabling City, Canada Mr. Hung Ho, Researcher, Blogger and Social Activist, USA Ms. Jordana Vasquez, Social Activist and Architect, USA Mr. Liam O’Doherty, Director of Digital Youth Engagement Programs at TakeITGlobal, Canada Mr. Marvin Mathew, Youth Activist Mr. Mohammad Asideh, Process Engineering Consultant, USA Ms. Olivia Labonte, Urban Economist and the Program Director of Young Diplomats of Canada, Canada
Mr. Aaron Joshua, Founder of the Canadian Youth Think Tank, Canada
Ms. Chiara Camponeschi, Founder of Enabling City, Canada
Mr. Hung Ho, Researcher, Blogger and Social Activist, USA
Ms. Jordana Vasquez, Social Activist and Architect, USA
Mr. Liam O’Doherty, Director of Digital Youth Engagement Programs at TakeITGlobal, Canada
Mr. Marvin Mathew, Youth Activist
Mr. Mohammad Asideh, Process Engineering Consultant, USA
Ms. Olivia Labonte, Urban Economist and the Program Director of Young Diplomats of Canada, Canada

 

Although the first impression matters, take couple of minutes to read the short bio of your regional candidates to make the right choice. Visit the UN-HABITAT Homepage and don’t forget to vote before 31st August!

Good luck to all candidates! We’re excited to work with the new Board soon!

 

 

 

 

On the way to creating a new urban agenda

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Come 2016, the world is getting ready to establish a new urban agenda at the Habitat III meeting. Urban challenges and possibilities are all about youth and our livelihood. Lets make the new urban agenda a youth agenda.

Habitat III
In 2016 the UN-­conference on housing and sustainable development, Habitat III will set a new urban agenda, deciding what the governing principles for urban practice and development will be. It will reinforce the commitments made at Habitat II in Istanbul in 1996, and adapt the agenda to current reality and projections for the future. Habitat III will also be the first UN conference discussing the implementation of the post 2015-­agenda, the new development goals.

Habitat III is about creating progressive and universal goals for urban practice, but creating a new urban agenda is also about how this is implemented in national and local governance structures. In order to set good goals that can actually be implemented, the process needs to be an inclusive one from start to finish, and then ensuring lasting participation in the implementation, meaning good and inclusive governance structures- on international, regional, national and local level.

Urban youth
More than 18 per cent of today’s world population, are between the ages of 15 and 24, the UN definition of youth. 87 per cent of these live in developing countries. A growing number of youth live in urban areas. Youth in urban areas often lack access to housing, transportation and other basic services and have unequal access to opportunities for education, training, employment, and recreation. In other words, increasing numbers of young people live in cities where they face difficult economic, political and social challenges. The amount and scope of urban issues concerning youth are alarming, and it will be essential to address them in a new urban agenda. Youth then, must have a key role in creating and implementing the new urban agenda.

National Habitat reports
The process leading up towards Habitat III will be initiated by all member states creating a national report on best urban practices and challenges. The general assembly, through its resolution 67/216, paragraph 11, encouraged this process to include “…the active participation of all relevant stakeholders…”, stating that in writing this report, the national governments are strongly advised to have a broad inclusion of all stakeholders, including youth. The report is due on the 30th on june this year, and although the practice of creating the report will vary from country to country, youth participation needs to be a main focus for all.

Although 30th of june is right around the corner there is still a huge potential for youth and youth organization to give their input before it is finalized. We need to stress the importance of giving input on this specific report because the reports will be the basis for further work on the agenda. Come september the first preparatory committee for Habitat III will be held, and from here on it will only narrow down, and it will be extremely hard to get new thoughts added.

Most countries will probably facilitate some form of consultation, but unfortunately these consultations are not always as inclusive they should be-­ not reaching out to all relevant stakeholders, lack of practical information and done in a bit of a hurry a few weeks before the report is due, making it harder for the parts giving input to find the time and resources to do it. This is of course not the case for all, but it will be for some.

Inclusive consultations or not-­ give your input. National ministries have e-­mail addresses, mailboxes, facebook pages-­ you will be able to give your input even though you are not formally invited to.

In order to be able to get your organizations goals in the new urban agenda it should to be on the table for this first round. If youth are mobilized to give their input on the national report, it will send strong message on how important youth issues and participation is for the new urban agenda.

And then..?

Whats next you say? There will be three preparatory committee meetings which will discuss the agenda, one in september 2014, one in april 2015 and one right before Habitat III in 2016. Youth need to have a strong presence on all three, but also in between, pushing our governments to push the youth agenda. How? Lets discuss that further. In the meantime, get your best practices and ideas down on paper and push that youth agenda like never before. It is our urban future, let us be the one to create it.

Tone Vesterhus
Norwegian youth delegate on urbanization

Global Youth Help Desk Launched!

UN-HABITAT launched the brand new Global Youth Help Desk platform: www.globalyouthdesk.org

The help desk is a multimedia interactive platform  for young people leading community improvement projects worldwide and those interested in the field. The idea is to foster the exchange of learnings and experiences, and to allow young leaders to engage and collaborate with other youth from across the world.

The Platform brings together different UN-HABITAT programs and is an important step to advance the youth-led development field.

All of those who are interested in UN-HABITAT’s Urban Youth Fund can come and find information about the projects funded, their progress as well as the learning gained by the youth leading them. It also has all the information you need to improve your project idea and boost your project proposal.

The platform is also home for the Urban Youth Research Network, and will allow researchers on urban youth to publish their research and collaborate with other researchers from around the world.

The Global Youth Help Desk was launched by the Norwegian Junior Minister, Mr. Arvinn Eikeland Gadgil during a lively event attended by UN-HABITAT Envoys, the Youth Advisory Board members, governments and other UN-HABITAT officials and is already fully operational!

It’s time for us all to explore the Help Desk and take advantage of this platform!