Children and Youth Shaping the City We Need

Children and Youth Shaping the City We Need

 

As the world celebrates the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and moves towards Habitat III, World Vision International is advocating for children and youth to be regarded as valued contributors to the formulation and measurement of the New Urban Agenda. In partnership with key stakeholders, the organisation plans to ensure that the voices of children and youth, especially the most marginalised and vulnerable, are identified and included in national, regional and global processes. “Through mechanisms such as the newly established General Assembly of Partners for Habitat III, the UN is ensuring genuine stakeholder engagement and contribution in shaping the New Urban Agenda. World Vision is committed to promoting the Urban SDG Goal through its global network of partners,” said Joyati Das, Co-Chair of the General Assembly of Partners’ Children and Youth Constituent Group for Habitat III.

“The inclusion of the Urban SDG: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’ presents an opportunity to organisations like World Vision and the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) to lead and strengthen the inclusion and meaningful participation of children and youth in creating the city they need." Also a Post 2015 UN side event organized by UN-Habitat and UN MGCY in New York, World Vision representative, Aline Rahbany stated, “Children and youth require meaningful spaces where they can receive tools and knowledge to influence their communities.”

“We need to make sure gender-sensitive and age appropriate strategies are in place. Traditional programmes must be modified to become more relevant to disadvantaged and vulnerable children.  Special attention must be paid to reduce the obstacles to participation resulting from unequal power relations and patriarchal values.” Joyati Das suggested that “To socialise the Sustainable Development Goals with children and youth, we need to engage with local governments  to integrate this information into the education system and promote these in schools, so young people are aware of the goals and seek innovative ways of  influencing local government. Through World Vision’s partnerships with Education Ministries and schools, we can start sharing this knowledge.”

 


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