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Youth #Together4Peace on International Peace Day

Nairobi, 21 September 2017 – Youth, diplomats and local leaders came to the UN Office of Nairobi today to celebrate International Peace Day.

Hosted by UN-Habitat, the event highlighted some of the work that the agency is doing around the world to promote the active role that youth are playing in peace building and keeping.

UN Under-Secretary-General and UN-Habitat Deputy Executive Director, Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, said that the event was a reminder of “the commitment of youth, that you do not want to be passive participants, but leaders in your own futures.”

(Far Left) David Kariuki, UN-Habitat Staff moderating open discussions during International Day of Peace

Elizabeth Taylor Jay, The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Colombia to Kenya and Chol M. U. Ajongo, South Sudan Ambassador to Kenya both drew on their countries’ own experience in drawn-out conflict to highlight the challenge of building lasting peace.

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As Mr Ajongo said: “You lose nothing when you talk of peace; you lose everything when you talk of war.”

The session went on to include discussions with youth groups on the role that sport can play in peace-building and development, under the theme of the day –  “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” – with a special focus on the engagement of young men and women in peace building.

Meanwhile in New York, UN-Habitat also hosted a youth and peace event in the sidelines of the General Assembly with the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake.

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UN-Habitat International Peace Day Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Thursday September 21, 2017

United Nations Human and Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) —and its partners will celebrate the annual International Day of Peace with an event held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm; at United Nations Grounds, Nairobi office.

The focus of the event will be celebrating the theme “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” with a special focus on the engagement of young men and women in peace building.

The International Day of Peace event will highlight evidence-based practices in youth peace building models, such as: the Urban Peace Labs; Innovate Counties Challenge on governance and sports development initiatives.

The youth led peace-models are contributing to strengthening of institutions to achieve transparency, accountability and openness for youth inclusion in governance and decision making processes.

The event will be graced by Ms. Aisa Kacyira, Deputy Executive Director, USG,
UN-Habitat, H.E Elizabeth Taylor Jay, The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Colombia to Kenya and Mr. Chol M. U. Ajongo, South Sudan Ambassador to Kenya among other youth representatives.

Follow live updates of the International Day of Peace on Twitter with #UrbanYouth4Peace and #Together4Peace to learn about innovative research and practices that show great promise in the field of peace building.

For more information about International Peace Day event and our many initiatives, visit: www.unhabitatyab.com

To arrange interviews with project coordinators, contact:

Mutisya Emmanuel NGUI, Communications, Story Telling and Social Media Expert

Email: mutisyalma@gmail.com – +254728774355

Twitter: @UN-Habitat Youth | @UN-Habitat

News Letter Brief; Strengthening Policy for Young Women in the Changing World of Work, Case Study: Kampala Municipality, Uganda

Courtesy of Judith Mulwa, UN-Habitat

StWOW Publication Capturerengthening Policy for Young Women in the Changing World of Work, Case Study: Kampala Municipality, Uganda, is a research publication sponsored by UK-AID to Plan International UK. UN-Habitat played a key advisory role on policy at municipal level, to the innovation hub, which aimed to challenge social norms and practices that keep girls and young women in positions of powerlessness in the World of Work (WoW). This resonates to the Commission on the Status of Women 61, 2017: Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. The research aims to elaborate the need for an enabling policy environment and/or enforce legislation that enhances gender equality for girls and young women in the WoW.

The publication appreciates that local governments are the key vehicles for formulating interventions, and a key partner in the implementation of a Local Economic Development (LED) strategy. In this regard, the local government is discussed to work hand in hand with other stakeholders in contextualizing gender gaps and addressing gender imbalances. This is relevant in addressing social and cultural practices that keep young women in positions of powerlessness in the WoW.

As a result, the publication contextualizes the position of the Republic of Uganda, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), on gender integration, mainstreaming and implementation, while also proposing interventions to progress the proposed recommendations and achieve the goals of inclusion and equality for women in the WoW. This was achieved through a Desk Study, a gender lensed policy analysis and a Key Informant Discussion (KID) to the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

The methodology provided the background to existing policy as well as recommendations towards improving women’s economic, social, and political status. These recommendations include working with a variety of stakeholders to help strengthen partnerships, involving the private sector in gender mainstreaming and awareness raising, advocacy and lobbying, entrepreneurship training, and bridging the gaps between legislation and communities at the KCCA. This resonates with the gender-responsive nature of the recently adopted New Urban Agenda (NUA), which has been adopted to guide urban centers. In addition, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, in particular Goal 5, to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls and Goal 11, to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

To download the publication, click

https://unhabitat.org/books/strengthening-policy-for-young-women-in-the-changing-world-of-work-2/

Youth and Cities Global Survey

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Hello readers!

Have you heard of the Global Youth-led Development Report or State of the Urban Youth Report Series?  If not, would you be interested in getting an insight into what they have to offer?

The UN-Habitat Youth and Livelihood Unit is in the process of evaluating these publications and we would like to invite you to take a moment to complete our online survey and share some of your experiences and opinions.

If you are unfamiliar with publications in either of these series, we invite you to have a look through one or more titles of your choice before completing the survey.

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  1. Global Youth-led Development Report – Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GYDRSeries

The Global Youth-led Development Report series is a collection of publications that aim to expand the global knowledge base of urban youth-led development.  Publications in this series build upon in-depth research on the activities, contexts and capacities of youth-led organizations from UN-Habitat’s Urban Youth Fund.  The series emphasizes the many ways that young people are driving positive change in their communities and further outline different ways in which local, national and international governments can move to engage and support youth-led initiatives.

Links to Publications in the Global Youth-led Development Report (GYDR) series:

GYDR #1: The Challenge and Promise of Youth-led Development

GYDR #2: State of the Field in Youth-led Development: Through the Lens of the UN-    Habitat’s  Urban Youth Fund

 GYDR #3: Experiences and Lessons from the Urban Youth Fund Grantees in Africa and Asia

GYDR #4: ICT, Urban Governance and Youth

GYDR #5: Lessons and Experiences from the Urban Youth Fund

GYDR #6: Youth-led Economic Empowerment: Lessons from the Urban Youth Fund

GYDR #7: Progress and Suitability in Youth-led Development: A Baseline and Follow Up     Study of      the UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund

Or browse the entire GYDR series here.img-20161031-wa00002. State of the Urban Youth Report – Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SUYRSeries

The State of the Urban Youth Report series is a collection of publications that focus attention on the emerging challenges faced by young people in cities around the world.  Publications in this series look at multiple case studies of youth in different urban contexts and offer timely analysis of trends and challenges.  The publications further provide data-driven recommendations for policymakers concerned with urban youth issues.

Links to Publications in the State of the Urban Youth Report (SUYR) series:

SUYR #1: State of the Urban Youth Report 2010/2011- Leveling the Playing Field: Inequality of Youth Opportunity

SUYR #2: State of the Urban Youth, India 2012 – Employment, Livelihood, Skills

SUYR #3: Cities of Youth: Cities of Prosperity

SUYR #4: State of the Urban Youth Report 2012/2013 – Youth in the Prosperity of Cities

SUYR #5: State of the Urban Youth Report 2014/2015 – Equity Employment and Youth Development in China

Or browse the entire SUYR series here.

If you have any question please get back to us at Doug Lau doug.k.lau@gmail.com.

#GSUYR 2015/16 Research Results Presented to Youth at PrepCom3

Written by Ying Gao, edited by Jasdeep Randhawa

UN-Habitat Youth Unit team also launched the early results of its Global State of Urban Youth Report (GSUYR) 2015/16.  GSUYR 2015/16’s theme tackled the issue of rising urban inequalities. “Urban Equity and Youth Development” was the topic.

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With hashtag #GSUYR, WUYM’s youth participants in Surabaya and other cities joined in.  They conducted focus group discussions (FGD’s) to deepen the understanding of economic, political, social and cultural and environmental inequity issues in their own cities.  As a result, the research team received much-needed input from the youth.  The team is looking forward to launching the GSUYR 2015/16 report officially at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador.

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New Publications Out! Check it out!

Youth Led Development: A Case Study from the Mathare Slum, KenyaMathareYouth and their Needs Within Public Space

Youth Needs

Advancing Economic Citizenship for Children and Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Stories from the Field: The UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund Becomes a Tool for Youth Empowerment in Kibera

Right to Participate: Report #1 Oslo Youth and Governance Platform

More published youth related materials from UN-Habitat can be found here.