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Youth DeclarAction for Habitat III

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And .. its live! Please read the Youth DeclarAction for Habitat III.

Young people from all over the world gather in Quito to create the Youth DeclarACTION for the New Urban Agenda

Quito, October 14th, 2016. Young people participating at the YoutHab Conference have gathered from October 13th to 15th, 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, to develop a “DeclarACTION” to seek local authorities commitment to youths within the framework of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and strengthen the partnership between them. Supported by UN-Habitat and a coalition of 10 civil society partners, youth worked 24/7 to assure that everyone’s perspective was heard and reflected in the final statement.

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The Mayor of Quito Mauricio Rodas, opened the YoutHab conference with a strong endorsement of youth’s engagement in the New Urban Agenda.

“Certainly the more voices and more participation we have in these discussions [on the New Urban Agenda], we will have better elements to build a city more respectful of human rights, a city that offers quality public services, a more democratic city where everyone can access spaces, have first class infrastructure, booming economic development and social inclusion under a clear focus on respect for the environment, natural resources “, stated Mayor Rhodes.

The “DeclarACTION” proposes goals and actions that fulfill youths demands and needs to achieve more just, safe, healthy, accessible, affordable, resilient and sustainable cities and builds a roadmap to cities’ governments and young people work together. It is structured according to the same that structure NUA’S Zero Draft.

The document approved included not only the actions co-created by young people present in the YoutHab conference but also the propositions of consultations and position papers written and/or subscribed by youths that were previously systematized and integrated to the process the development of the DeclarACTION to ensure an inclusive and integrated approach. In YoutHab people from 14 countries were present and propositions from 20 countries were systematized as a part of other regional and international the 5 regions of the world consultations and positions papers.

The “DeclarACTION” will be officially launched and available on Youthab’s website in the first day of Habitat III, October 17th, 2016 when the first approach with youthmand with the horizon of an approved NUA begins. Bellow, a first overview of its content with the goals developed. Please see this link for updates on the DeclarACTION :

For More information:
Ana Cristina Benalcazar and Alice Junqueira
youthab.conference@gmail.com

In Text Version
Youth DeclarACTION for the New Urban Agenda

We, young people participating in the YoutHab Conference, have gathered from October 13th to 15th, 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, to co-create this “DeclarACTION” in order to seek a local authority commitment to the youth within the framework of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and strengthen the partnership between city governments and young people. With 1.8 billion young people worldwide and considering the demographic transition we are currently living, today more than ever, it is absolutely crucial to include us in working to achieve NUA’s compromises and, as equally important, in the work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In this sense, as active and compromised citizens, we are proposing goals and actions that fulfill our demands and needs to achieve more equitable, safe, healthy, accessible, affordable, resilient and sustainable cities and share a roadmap so city governments and young people from all around the world can work together.

The approved document includes not only actions co-created by young people present at the YoutHab Conference, but also the proposals of consultations and position papers written and / or subscribed by youth, that were previously systematized and integrated in the processes of the creation of the DeclarACTION, aiming to guarantee an inclusive and integrated approach to it. This way, the document compiles the inputs from young participants from 15 different countries that attended the YoutHab Conference; in addition, it includes the proposals of consultations and position papers from 20 countries, as well as regional and international youth statements.

In this regard, we:

Build on our core principles of Human Rights, Right to the City and Universal Access to Opportunity and Infrastructure;

Acknowledge the ongoing work of our governments and local authorities to engage youth but, emphasize that we still need to be seen as key assets and partners in the process of designing, implementing and monitoring of public policies; and not only be seen as its beneficiaries, since we are the ones who suffer the consequences of poor decision-making;

Express the need for UN-HABITAT, as a leading UN agency to implement NUA, to strengthen its support of youth initiatives, national and local governments, and youth partnerships and;

Call on all Member States to also support the implementation of the NUA and increase the capacity of youth and local governments to work in a collaborative manner and promote the engagement of young people in the implementation of the action points we have proposed to reach defined goals:

SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION AND POVERTY ERADICATION

1) To eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions, recognize it is a multidimensional problem and approach it cross-sectionally; 2) To guarantee equal access to affordable, culturally appropriate, age-responsive, easily available, accessible, non-discriminatory infrastructure of basic services; 3) To eliminate discrimination against young people and fight generational prejudice; 4) To prevent and end all forms of violence, crime and discrimination; especially violence, crimes and discrimination based on gender, race and ethnicity and those against children and youth; 5) To protect and foster diversity, heritage, tangible and intangible urban cultural expressions; 6) To guarantee migrants, internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees’ rights and foster their inclusion in cities.

SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE URBAN PROSPERITY AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

1) To eliminate youth unemployment; 2) To regulate the informal sector and prevent the criminalization and stigmatization of artistic and informal economic activities; 3) To foster youth entrepreneurship, fair trade, local economies and new models of economy; 4) To eradicate child labor, forced labor and all kinds of exploitation; 5) To guarantee universal access to education; 6) To guarantee access to quality health services, including sexual and reproductive health services.

ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT URBAN DEVELOPMENT

1) To guarantee an environmentally sustainable urban development and minimize cities’ environmental impact; 2) To develop resilient urban infrastructure and promote disaster risk management; 3) To promote alternative mobility infrastructure and systems that prioritize walkability, pedestrian safety, cycling and public transportation; 4) To create efficient, environmentally friendly and and low-carbon public transportation systems; 5) To promote energy conservation and ensure affordable and sustainable energy for all.

BUILDING URBAN GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE: ESTABLISHING A SUPPORTIVE FRAMEWORK

1) To adopt and implement financed, multi-sector, bottom-up participation mechanisms that value young people as key actors; 2) To promote and implement data-based decision making processes with disaggregated data; 3) To eliminate corruption and improve participation, transparency and accountability mechanisms; 4) To promote user- friendly Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) and foster access to information, accountability and public effectiveness and efficiency.

PLANNING AND MANAGING URBAN SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT

1) To adopt and implement urban planning processes that promote sustainability, inclusion, equity, well-being and the right to the city; 2) To consider the urban-rural linkages and dynamics for urban planning to protect natural resources and foster equitable regional development; 3) To create efficient and integrated public transport systems; 4) To create and maintain safe, inclusive, accessible, green, multi-purpose and quality public spaces; 5) To adopt and implement housing policies that will guarantee an adequate standard of living for all; 6) To guarantee the social function of land and tenure security; 7) To upgrade informal settlements and slums and prioritize integrated, multidimensional and participatory interventions.

Highlighted above are the goals that establish the roadmap we want to see put into practice to start our communities and cities transformation through the NUA, along with the SDGs. We are ready and willing to partner with our local governments and other stakeholders to join forces towards building more people-centered, socially cohesive, equitable, inclusive, intergenerational, environmentally-friendly, democratic and collaborative cities. We ask the governments and local authorities to take urgent steps to ensure that we are finally listened to and taken seriously. As young and responsible citizens who have already been working hard to improve our cities, we commit to continue to be part of the implementation of the action points outlined in this “DeclarACTION” that are further detailed in the website: http://youthab.com/

 

Alcalde Rodas asistió al conversatorio de jóvenes ‘YoutHab’ para Habitat III

En horas de la mañana de este 13 de octubre, el Alcalde de Quito Mauricio Rodas formó parte del conversatorio denominado YoutHab promovido por grupos, universidades y varios colectivos de jóvenes, dentro de la agenda del evento internacional Habitat III. Se desarrolló en las instalaciones de la Escuela Politécnica Nacional.

Este evento contó con la presencia de Christian López, de CLIL/YoutHab, Douglas Reagan de UN-Habitat III; Anja Minnaert de FES-ILDIS, Ana Cristina Benalcázar, de CLICL/YoutHab; Roberto Madera de CLICL/YoutHab y decenas de jóvenes que se dieron cita para participar activamente en este conversatorio.

El Alcalde de Quito Mauricio Rodas felicitó a los jóvenes por esta iniciativa de YoutHab y dijo que es una oportunidad para incorporar la activa participación de la juventud a fin que sus ideas puedan ser tomadas en cuenta en los debates que se  van a generar como un aporte de este sector poblacional para la aplicación de la nueva Agenda Urbana que se aprobará en Quito durante Habitat III.

santa-clara“Sin duda mientras más voces y más participación tengamos en esos debates contaremos con mejores elementos para construir una ciudad más democrática, más  respetuosa de los derechos humanos, una ciudad que ofrezca servicios públicos de calidad, una ciudad en la que todos podamos apropiarnos de los espacios en virtud de contar con infraestructura de primer nivel, que impulse el desarrollo económico y la inclusión social bajo un claro enfoque de respeto al medio ambiente, a los recursos naturales”, refirió el Alcalde Rodas.

Recalcó que todos estos temas son fundamentales y el aporte de los jóvenes con sus ideas va a enriquecer tremendamente la discusión en temas tan importantes.

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El alcalde Rodas ratificó una vez más que durante dos años la Municipalidad de Quito se ha preparado para Habitat III y que la cuidad está lista, será una oportunidad muy importantes para mostrarnos como una urbe con extraordinarios atractivos turísticos, como una ciudad con una población que recibe a sus visitantes con corazón abierto, con calidez, con la amabilidad que siempre ha caracterizado a los quiteños.

También será la ocasión para que la capital presente su visión en materia de desarrollo urbano sostenible, de una ciudad que permanentemente trabaja para el mejoramiento de la calidad de vida de sus ciudadanos, con esquemas de movilidad sostenible, de protección a los recursos naturales, con mecanismos de impulso al desarrollo económico bajo un profundo enfoque de inclusión social, que se respeten las libertades, los derechos humanos de todas las personas. Una ciudad que promueve la diversidad cultural.

“En breves palabras esa es la visión que Quito va a promover hacia el 2040”, dijo el Alcalde Mauricio Rodas, quien aprovechó para extender la más cordial invitación para que todos disfruten también de la amplia agenda cultural prepara por la Alcaldía de Quito en el marco de Habitat III la misma que incluye la Fiesta de la Luz y una amplia gama de eventos totalmente gratuitos.

“Que esta sea una fiesta para todos los quiteños, que la disfruten con sus familias en las diferentes plazas del Centro Histórico”, señaló el Alcalde capitalino Mauricio Rodas.

Mayor of Quito, Mauricio Rhodes attends ‘YoutHab’ conference for Habitat III

In the morning of the 13th October, the Mayor of Quito Mauricio Rodas was part of the YoutHab conferences sponsored by groups, universities and several groups of young people, within the agenda of Habitat III. The conference was held at the National Polytechnic School.

This event was attended by Christian Lopez, CLIL/ YoutHab; Douglas Reagan UN-Habitat; Anja Minnaert FES-ILDIS; Ana Cristina Benalcázar of CLICL / YoutHab; Robert Wood CLICL / YoutHab and young people gathered to actively participate in this discussion group.

Mayor Rodas congratulated the youth for this initiative YoutHab and said it is an opportunity to incorporate the active participation of youth so that their ideas can be taken into account in the discussions that will be generated as a contribution this population sector for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda to be adopted in Quito for Habitat III.

“Certainly the more voices and more participation we have in these discussions we will have better elements to build a more respectful of human rights, a city that offers quality public services, a more democratic city where everyone can access spaces,  have first class infrastructure, booming economic development and social inclusion under a clear focus on respect for the environment, natural resources “, said Mayor Rhodes.

He stressed that all these issues are fundamental and the contribution of young people with their ideas will enrich the discussion tremendously important issues.

Mayor Rhodes confirmed once again that for two years the Municipality of Quito has been prepared for Habitat III and that the city is ready, it will be a very important opportunity to showcase the city through its extraordinary attractions include a city with a population welcomes visitors with open heart, with warmth, with the kindness that has always characterized the Quiteños.

It will also be the occasion for the capital present their vision on sustainable urban development, a city that constantly works to improve the quality of life of its citizens, with projects on sustainable mobility, protection of natural resources, mechanisms promoting economic development with a deep focus on social inclusion, and a city where freedoms are respected and the human rights of all people. And lastly a city that promotes cultural diversity.

“In short this is the vision that Quito will promote by 2040,” said Mayor Rodas, who took the opportunity to extend a warm invitation to all also enjoy the wide cultural agenda prepared by the Municipality of Quito in Habitat III framework thereof including the Festival of Lights and a wide range of fully free events.

“Let this be a party for all Quiteños, who can enjoy the event with their families in different places of the Historic Center,” said City Mayor Mauricio Rodas.

THE YOUTHAB PROJECT: A YOUTH IDEAS LAB

YOUTHAB is a Latin American and Caribbean Youth Movement Against Climate Change (CLIC! – in Spanish) project led by the Ecuador team. CLIC! is based in eleven countries across the Latin American and Caribbean region. YOUTHAB has partnered with UN-Habitat and a number of key international NGOs such as Plan International, Scouts, AIESEC and World Vision.

In early June 2015, three young Ecuadorians with similar backgrounds in, and links to, environmental issues came together to imagine what the outcome and possibilities would be of creating spaces and processes for youth participation not only in Ecuador but across the region and the world. With the goal to motivate young people to engage in decision-making, ensuring that their voices aspirations for their cities, their neighbourhoods, or their communities are heard.

Currently, the YOUTHAB project has a team of twenty-two volunteers from diverse and multi-disciplinary educational backgrounds and nationalities, all are based in Ecuador. In addition, these agents of change also live in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. We represent a vast gamma of nations, gender, and ideologies, which allows us to conceive the realisation of the diverse city.

YOUTHAB is a process of collaborative, collective, and inclusive participation of young people, which seeks an inclusive, resilient, and fair habitat. Those of us who comprise YOUTHAB, see and feel the city as a laboratory of ideas, comprised of space spaces where we come together, where we learn, where we surprise ourselves, and where we meet to generate change. This magnificent lab belongs to the people, and in particular to young people.

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We influence the city, collaboratively producing knowledge and transparent data to encourage innovation and social development. We call brainstorming interventions by bringing people together to meet and socialise in their local neighbourhoods or cafes and discuss cities the problems and challenges that rapid urbanisation causes. These brainstorming interventions have taken place in Quito, Ibarra, Cuenca, and Toluca among friends with common objectives. To date, we have engaged 800 people on issues relating to the New Urban Agenda. At the same time, we conduct open youth consultations at the national, rural and urban levels, in order to gauge the youth perspective on issues of culture, migration, mobility, and/or technology.

One of the most important milestones in this process will be the organization of the World Youth Conference on Habitat and the Right to the City. The YOUTHAB Conference is framed within the context of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and will be held from 13 to October 15, 2016, in Quito, Ecuador. During this process we seek to agree on a global action-based declaration conceived by young people; develop a monitoring mechanism, which we have dubbed the “Pledge with my Local Authority”; and the development of the “Active Labs”, creative spaces across the city of Quito with the collaboration of the Local Authority of Quito. UN-Habitat will undertake a few project during the YoutHAB be launching with AIESEC international the #UrbanAction campaign which will promote youth action for the New Urban Agenda and urban SDGs.

Why did a group of civil society youth actors dare to develop this project? Because urbanisation is an issue of shared responsibility. We are the latest generation that can generate positive change and have a significant impact, by employing tools at our disposal. We must act now! We have to empower our cities, parks, squares, push for the means of transport we want, empower public spaces, and we have a responsibility to act now!

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The next generation will not have the same opportunities to bring change, for them it will be too late. We have chosen to act and with volunteers working to making the YOUTHAB project a reality, we have chosen to contribute, to come together, and to build a platform that will elevate the participation or youth in city and urban and rural linkages issues and challenges.

There may have been times you felt the need to take action and realise an exciting idea worth fighting for, at which point you may have thought: I am alone, no one will listen, or no one will care. We believe that you are not alone, change is in your hands #JovenesRepensandoLaCuidad (Youth rethinking the City)!

Ana Cristina Benalcazar

Project Coordinator Youthab

@YoutHABconf

@acbenalcazar

PROYECTO YOUTHAB UN LABORATORIO DE IDEAS DE LOS Y LAS JÓVENES

El YoutHab es un proyecto del Movimiento de Jóvenes Latinoamericanos y Caribeños Frente al Cambio Climático – CLIC!, equipo Ecuador. CLIC! está basado en once países de la región y el Caribe. YOUTHAB se ha asociado con ONU-Hábitat y varias ONG internacionales claves, entre ellas Plan Internacional, Exploradores, AIESEC y Visión Mundial.

Fué a principios del mes de julio del 2015 , donde tres jóvenes ecuatorianos de formaciones similares y vinculadas con el medio ambiente, se sentaron a la mesa para imaginar cómo sería iniciar espacios y procesos de participación donde los y las jóvenes no sólo del Ecuador, sino de la Región y el mundo pudieran comenzar a activarse desde la proposición y la toma de decisiones, que sus voces fueran escuchadas al soñar cómo quieren vivir sus ciudades, barrios o comunidades.

Actualmente, el Proyecto YoutHab cuenta con un equipo de veinte y dos voluntarios de carreras multidiciplinarias, algunos de los voluntarios que pertenecen al equipo son de distintas nacionalidades y no todos estan basados en Ecuador, estos agentes de cambio también viven en México, Colombia, Brasil y Reino Unido. Aquí exite una amplia variedad de naciones, géneros e ideologías, eso es lo que nos permite idear la construcción de una ciudad diversa.

YOUTHAB, es un proceso de participación colaborativa, colectiva e inclusiva de jóvenes, del cual buscamos un hábitat inclusivo, resiliente y justo. Quienes hacemos el YoutHab, miramos y sentimos a la ciudad como un laboratorio de ideas, desde el espacio en el que todos confluimos y donde podemos aprender, sorprendernos, re-encantarnos y así también generar cambios. Este gran laboratorio es de la gente y es sobretodo de los jóvenes.

También, desde aquí intervenimos la ciudad, produciendo de manera colaborativa conocimiento y datos abierto para incentivar la innovación y el desarrollo social. Activamos conversatorios como espacios de encuentro, socialización y debate, donde la gente se  reúne en sus barrios o cafés que frecuenta para hablar de la ciudad de sus problemas y los desafíos a los que se enfrenta en este desarrollo acelerado. Ejemplos de estos conversatorios los hemos realizado en Quito, Ibarra, Cuenca y Toluca con organizaciones amigas que piensan y debaten al igual que nosotros, al momento hemos conversado con más de 800 personas sobre temas relacionados a nuestra ciudad y la Nueva Agenda Urbana. A su vez, estamos haciendo consultas abiertas para los y las jóvenes a nivel nacional, en zonas urbanas y rurales con el fin de conocer la perspectiva de los jóvenes acerca de temas como  la cultura, la migración, la movilidad, o la tecnología.

youth-with-grafitti-wallUno de los más importantes hitos en este proceso, será la organización de la Conferencia Mundial de Jóvenes en torno al hábitat y el derecho a la ciudad, YoutHab Conference, que está planteada en el marco del Hábitat III y se llevará a cabo del 13 al 15 de octubre del 2016 en la ciudad de Quito – Ecuador. Durante este proceso buscamos obtener una declaratoria mundial basada en acciones y generada desde los y las jóvenes; desarrollar un mecanismo de seguimiento al cual lo hemos denominado  “Compromiso con mi Autoridad Local” y los espacios más divertidos que son los “Active Labs” espacios de co-creación en donde intervendremos nuestra ciudad Quito. ONU-Hábitat será activo en una serie de eventos durante el lanzamiento de YoutHAB y AIESEC de la campaña internacional #UrbanAction que promoverá la acción de los jóvenes en relación a la Nuevo Agenda Urbana y SDG 11.

¿Por qué un grupo de jóvenes de la sociedad civil se atrevió a desarrollar este proyecto? Seguramente también, es un sentido de co-responsabilidad. Somos la última generación que podemos generar un cambio positivo y de gran impacto usando todas las herramientas que hoy tenemos a la mano, ¡Tenemos que hacerlo ahora! Tenemos que empoderarnos de nuestras ciudades, de los parques, de las plazas, de los medios de transporte que queremos, debemos empoderarnos de los espacios públicos, debemos empoderarnos de la ciudad en la que queremos vivir y tenemos la gran responsabilidad de hacerlo ahora!

youth-plantingLa próxima generación no tendrá la oportunidad real de hacerlo, para ellos será tarde. Nosotros hemos decidido  elegir y este grupo de voluntarios con los que trabajamos el proyecto YOUTHAB, hemos elegido aportar, sumar y pasar a construir algo que permita elevar el nivel de participación de los y las jóvenes en las problemáticas ciudadanas y sus vículos con la ruralidad.

Muchas veces habrás tenido la intención de tomar una acción concreta a un problema y pudo ser una idea alucinante que para tí valía la pena porque luchar y habrás pensando, estoy solo, nadie me va a escuchar, o a nadie le importa. Créenos, no estás solo, hacer un cambio sí está en tus manos #JovenesRepensandoLaCiudad.

Ana Cristina Benalcazar

Coordinadora Del Proyecto Youthab

@YoutHABconf

@acbenalcazar

Habitat III Event – Presenting the Global State of Urban Youth Report

dsc06323The Global State of Urban Youth Report (GSUYR) 2015/16 titled “Equity and Youth Development” analyzes the trends in youth inequality in relation to the major structural factors of the growing socio-economic inequalities.  The report provides an insightful and country-specific perspective to issues in youth equity, employment and development in selected cities in Brazil, South Africa, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Jamaica, Indonesia, Nepal, Cambodia, Myanmar, Somalia, Papua New Guinea and Palestine. The report attempts to identify the root causes of inequities and analyze the city-wide and regional trends in the pattern of inequities in these cities.

Building on earlier State of the Urban Youth Reports, this report examines the various dimensions of the inequities and link these to the process of urbanization in order to show how urban areas contribute to the growing inequalities of cities, and in turn show how these dimensions relate to the growth and development of urban areas. The report further highlights how the social and structural inequalities of opportunity experienced by  urban youth and exclusion in urban governance act as barriers for young men and women to secure livelihoods and socio-economic opportunities, and their full enjoyment/entitlement to the right to the city.  The report  jointly published by UN-Habitat, Action Aid International with contributions from youth organizations proposes ways by which existing policies and legal frameworks can be strengthened to reduce youth inequalities to contribute more effectively in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

The side event will be a moderated panel discussion involving distinguished researchers, youth development specialists and representatives from the private sector and youth serving organizations. The event will provide the audience with the opportunity to discuss the findings with various experts and the authors of the Reports

Review of IOM Report: Youth, Employment and Migration in Mogadishu, Kismayo and Baidoa ~ Joao Scarpelini

Last week, IOM Somalia launched its study on the relationship between youth, employment and migration in Mogadishu, Kismayo and Baidoa.

The report analysed three questions: 1. What is the youth workforce in those areas and are the young people happy with their situation? 2. How can we explain the economic situation of dissatisfied youth? Can youth create their own job opportunities through entrepreneurship? 3. Does dissatisfaction with employment and level of income alone explain irregular migration among young people?

The relationship between youth, employment and migration is not straightforward, and youth’s decision to migrate irregularly needs to be understood as a multi-dimensional process that depends on other factors, such as the perception of life in the West, security conditions, the dangers and costs of irregular migration, and trust in a better future in Somalia.

Interviews with over 1,200 youth have shown that young people in Mogadishu, Kismayo and Baidoa were generally not satisfied with their current situation, their level of education, occupation or level of revenue. Nearly 15 per cent of the respondents were without a job and the employed youth often suffered from underemployment. Many of the interviewees wished to work in the aid sector and, on average, they aimed to earn a salary nearly three times as high as what they currently make.

The economies in Mogadishu, Kismayo and Baidoa have demonstrated positive development, with the dynamic of reconstruction, investments of the Somali diaspora and foreigners (although limited), the rise of public services, and a shift toward development projects for some donors and UN agencies. Labour demand remains, however, insufficient to meet the youth job needs and recruitment processes sometimes create frustrations for being clan-based or politicized.

 

Upcoming Urban Thinkers Campus on Youth

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On February 10-11 the UN-Habitat Youth and Livelihood Unit is organizing the Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) at the UN-headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The two-day Campus will focus on youth and is inviting more than 160 youth from Kenya and other parts of Africa.

Urban Thinkers Campus is an initiative of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban researchers, professionals and decision-makers who believe that urbanization is an opportunity that can lead to positive urban transformations. It is intended as a prelude to the Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to be held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016, where the New Urban Agenda for the next 20 years will be agreed on. The Campus will be a pivotal event for youth to engage and an opportunity for them to make their voices heard.

Through inclusive debates and review processes, the UTC will allow a large number of youth to come together and discuss the future of urban youth and to address the key issues for the New Urban Agenda. The outcomes of the Campus will provide input to the City We Need.

The theme for the youth Campus is: Inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities for youth: Policies and programmes for urban youth empowerment.

It will encompass five thematic areas.

  1. Youth and Livelihoods
  2. Youth and Urban Planning / Public space
  3. Youth, Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation
  4. Youth and Urban Governance
  5. Youth and Environment

We look forward to welcoming all the invited participants to the Campus.