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UN-HABITAT Youth Advisory Board Launches Berlin Urban Agenda

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Members of the UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board in Berlin, Germany, on February 14, 2017.

On Sunday, February 19, 2017, the UN-HABITAT Youth Advisory Board (YAB) launched the Berlin Urban Agenda after a week-long consultation process with youth and various German ministries. The Berlin Urban Agenda will serve as YAB’s primary tool for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Local authorities, government agencies, UN entities, and other stakeholders are welcomed to become partners.

The document can be downloaded here:16864285_10212297368528235_704831309328719299_n

  1. Berlin Urban Agenda with accompanying hyperlinks.
  2. Berlin Urban Agenda without hyperlinks.

Social entrepreneurship for youth development

 

Anoka's photo

Image courtesy GE

Young people at 1.8 billion (per UN) are some of the biggest contributors of human capital in the world. We have a role to play in our own development as well as the development of our communities. This has resulted in us being increasingly recognized as key participants in decision-making and development processes.

However with an increasing rise in population, there is a rise in youth unemployment. Almost 75 million young people are unemployed worldwide (per ILO).  With education being increasingly unaffordable for most youth, especially in Asia, the ability to be employed in a sector of their preference is quite low. In such instances, social enterprise has been seen to change the status quo, offering the ability to change lives while creating revenue.

Social entrepreneurship is not a new phenomenon, but it has risen to prominence over the past decades. Ashoka’s definition of social entrepreneurship as “catalysts of system wide social change” excludes a greater part of young people below the age of 18 as a majority of youth-led initiatives are not making “system wide change.”

However, youth led social enterprises have been creating changes that have being changing systems indirectly for years. Youth social entrepreneurial ventures, young people’s ideas and energy can contribute meaningfully in community building, social change and leadership skills, while facilitating their own development.

In South Asia, Mangrove based social enterprises have created over 5000 employment opportunities while conserving the environment by advocating for alternative livelihoods of the like of eco-tourism and organic farming. In Sri Lanka, Mangroves were officially protected and conserved through legislation in 2015 through a Presidential declaration by the current president. Such changes in legislation can be achieved when young people have been able to contribute through long-term action.

In India, youth led solar power social enterprises are changing the face of the power struggle seen in rural villages, with villagers gaining a monetary income through grid contribution. This also results in the end of the vicious cycle of bribing for power connections.

Therefore using social entrepreneurship as a tool to support youth development would result in more innovative and more sustainable community held solutions for social issues. This turn would lead to more equitable and more habitable world for all of us, man and animal alike due to the environmental and social harmony created through social enterprise. In my capacity as a UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board Representative for Asia, I will advocate for social entrepreneurship in urban interventions to empower young people to address our “wicked challenges” through new tools and mechanisms.

Author: Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne, UN-HABITAT Youth Advisory Board

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

The 23rd Session of the UN-Habitat Governing Council

The Youth Advisory Board arrived in Nairobi, Kenya this weekend to participate in the 23rd session of the Governing Council.

Opening Assembly

Eager to contribute a youth perspective to the continuing dialogue on the rapid urbanization of global communities, we are ready to meet with member states and advance a collective youth perspective!

The morning opened with the daily youth caucus where youth have dedicated space to meet and strategize on common objectives.  YAB would love to meet with any youth who are attending the GC and are available to discuss any questions or concerns!

The opening session featured presentations by the President of the Republic of Kenya, President Mwai Kibaki, and the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Mr. Joan Clos, with an opening performance by the local musical group “Ghetto Classic.”

We look forward to an informative and productive week!