• Tuesday 18 Oct 2016
  • Nothing About Us Without Us: Mechanisms for Youth Engagement in the Monitoring, Review and Implementation of the New Urban Agenda

    Side Events
    Venue: R18
    Lead Organization:
    • United Nations Major Group For Children And Youth (UN MGCY).
    Partner Organization:
    • Office Of The Secretary General’s Envoy On Youth IMCS – Pax Romana International Federation Of Medical Students Association (IFMSA) Water Youth Network Habitat For Humanity World Association Of Girl Guides And Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

    This event will provide a space to examine the role of youth in the Habitat III process, with particular focus on the follow up, review and implementation of the New Urban Agenda. It would start by reviewing how young people have been active participants in all aspects of the Habitat III process up until this point, from hosting consultations to participating in all regional and thematic conferences, preparatory committees, reports submitted and interventions given during formal meetings. Youth priorities and recommendations for the New Urban Agenda will be highlighted, based on a diverse range of online and in-person consultations facilitated by key youth-based and youth-serving organisations around the globe over the past two years. The event would then explore and identify the mechanisms and ways through which children and youth may contribute toward the follow up, review and implementation of the New Urban Agenda after its adoption at the Habitat III Conference. This would take a systematic approach, examining the myriad of roles which youth may play through formal and informal mechanisms, within or in partnership with institutional and other stakeholders, and from a grassroots through regional and international level. Outcomes of intergenerational and inter-stakeholder dialogues from the Habitat III Children & Youth Assembly will be shared, and synergies between youth involvement with the urban aspects of other United Nations frameworks will be explored. Finally, innovative ways to empower young people to further contribute to sustainable urban development and implementation of the New Urban Agenda will be identified and proposed. Through its diverse and representative panel, this event will welcome all stakeholders and will provide a space for intergenerational exchange about the place of youth in the sustainable urban development the New Urban Agenda and beyond.