Your Chance to Get Your Voice Heard in #HabitatIII

Habitat 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? This month the Habitat III secretariat is hosting an online dialogue 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. 

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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 lasts until july 31st, so you have no time to waste. Get involved!


Youth Engagement in Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years.

The SDGs follow, and expand on, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were agreed by governments in 2000, and are due to expire at the end of this year.

Youth Revolution Clan is a youth-led organization from Pakistan which is providing a platform to youth of Pakistan to get involved in sustainable development process by applying innovative approaches to economic growth and by using interconnected private and public sector networks.


Youth is an active force for achieving sustainable development. To involve youth at large level in SDG’s, a training on Youth Engagement in Sustainable Development was held on 27 June 2015 at Superior Corporate Conference Hall, Lahore, Pakistan under the aegis of Youth Revolution Clan and  United Nations World We Want, and in collaboration with the Public Relations and Communication Department of Superior University& Group of Colleges.


The training focused on the transition between the eight MDG’s into seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. Moreover, it discussed the importance of the sustainable development to the 1.3 Billion young people worldwide, out of which 87% (1 billion) live in developing countries. Youth have been a key stakeholder in sustainable development field. They are the ones to take an active role in this change of paradigm and fight for their right to live in an environment that respects their needs and is adapted to a human scale.

Participants of the training also visualized the world they want. Some visualized the world free from conflicts and wars, a world with a sustainable peace. Some visualized the world with better job opportunities and a world where the actions don’t spoil the sky, the rain or the land.


In the second round, the training facilitator Mr. Rizwan Anwar , Global Youth Advocate of  United Nations shed a light on why youth engagement is necessary for social transformation, as well as creating accountability mechanisms for responsive and honest governments that lead towards the good governance that is central to the sustainable development. It is important to understand that simple awareness of sustainable development process does not only mean getting more information out there or gaining knowledge, it also means actions. Youth as a major stakeholder can be the change catalyst through developing positive attitudes and standards for achieving sustainability and better future.


The last segment of the training focused on youth from developing countries and their involvement in combating illiteracy, poverty, hunger and  inequalities . Youth participants pledged that they will hold their governments responsible for their better future, peaceful environment, jobs provision and career development. Youth of all sectors, including persons with special needs and indigenous people participated in the training.

The training had a great impact on the youth of Pakistan to facilitate their meaningful engagement in social transformation.

Ex Director General Protocol Punjab Government, Mr. Asjad Ghani distributed certificates to all participants and Miss Maha Jamil, Co-Chair of YRC presented a souvenir to the Faculty Coordinator Mr. Hamad Rehman for his services in supporting the youth in social transformation.


The training was coordinated by Fatima Iqbal, Asfand Yar, Awais Razaq, Waqar Rana and Hajra Iftikhar.

Blog By : Maha Jamil

Photos By : Waqar Rana


Students gather at the World EXPO 2015 in Milan to discuss ecological and environmental safety of our cities!

Milan, Italy-13 May, 2015


UN-Habitat and the International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organization (IESCO), met with students, teacher, NGOs and local municipal leaders from around Milan and participated in a panel discussion on the importance of ecological and environmental safety and awareness. The event, dubbed ‘Dear Student’s’ was held in the Civil Society Pavilion at the 2015 World EXPO currently taking place in Milan, Italy.

Mr. Jin Guanchun speaking on behalf of IESCO, informed the gathering that IESCO was formed to inform and tackle issues on ecological safety, not just for China, but for the world at large. He stressed that the pollution of water resources, desertification, species extinction, land subsidence in cities, extreme weathers, large floods, serious mudslides, serious droughts, epidemic diseases and food safety triggered by climate change and unsustainable economic activities poses grave threats to human survival and economic development thus exacerbating poverty, which in turn breeds conflicts. He further informed that IESCO had formed strategic partnerships with the United Nations and in particular with UN-Habitat to ensure that ecological safety was an issues that was advanced to youth in the urban setting where much of the mitigation is needed.

Speaking on behalf of UN-Habitat, Mr Paul Wambua reminded the gathering that a number of environmental risks and hazards disproportionately affect young people, who have to live for an extended period with the deteriorating environment bequeathed to them by earlier generations. He asked the youth to engage in new forms of action and activism that will generate effective responses to these ecological challenges. “It is through you, the youth that the world could learn and appreciate a new way of doing things and leaving in a more environmentally and sustainable world” he emphasized.

Mr Wambua then the went on to introduce the recently launched biennial Youth Innovation Awards Program, which are a joint effort between UN-Habitat and IESCO. The awards aim to promote sustainable cities by recognizing, honouring and promoting young generation of leaders who are in a unique position to leverage the power of invention to establish businesses which would contribute to solving social and environmental problems. The projects selected will be culturally sensitive and innovative in design and implementation to ensure that they continue to promote positive local cultural practices.

Standing L to R, Mr. Jin Guanchun, Director, IESCO Europe, Mr. Paul Wambua, Programme Officer, UN-Habitat, Dr. Christian Doria, IESCO Director for Public Relations-Italy together with the convener of the session.
Standing L to R, Mr. Jin Guanchun, Director, IESCO Europe, Mr. Paul Wambua, Programme Officer, UN-Habitat, Dr. Christian Doria, IESCO Director for Public Relations-Italy together with the convener of the session.

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