World Vision hosts “Healthy and Just Cities for Children and Youth” Urban Thinkers Campus

World Vision hosts “Healthy and Just Cities for Children and Youth” Urban Thinkers Campus

 

How can cities promote healthy, economically vibrant and inclusive environments through water, waste and work?

World Vision International will host its first “Healthy and Just Cities for Children and Youth” Urban Thinkers Campus on October 28 at the International Environment House in Geneva, Switzerland. Scheduled during Urban October, the Campus will focus on principles, policies and action planning aimed at improving access to water, waste and sanitation within informal settlements. The event will also explore potential business models for engaging young people in safe and dignified employment within these sectors. The “Healthy and Just Cities for Children and Youth” Urban Thinkers Campus will feature a series of open discussion sessions, informed by presentations from leading experts, for participants to learn, debate and build consensus on:

  • The issues of urban water, waste and sanitation, its impact on communities, specially children and youth;
  • The challenge of child labour rampant within the waste sector, and policy changes required;
  • The role of small medium enterprises and their contribution to promote youth employment opportunities;
  • Inter-sectoral partnerships required to promote healthy and prosperous environments;
  • Children and youth participation and their contribution to sustainable urban solutions;
  • Key recommendations to inform an issue paper.

With over 25 Campuses scheduled worldwide, the “Healthy and Just Cities for Children and Youth” Urban Thinkers Campus is one of the few focused specifically on children and youth. “The New Urban Agenda will not succeed if children and youth, who are the future, fail to be counted informal global and local processes. We need children and youth to make us all accountable,” stated Joyati Das, Senior Director of World Vision International’s Urban Programmes. World Vision International is a lead partner of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign and interim chair of the General Assembly of Partner’s Children and Youth Constituent Group for Habitat III.

Visit World Vision’s website to find out more about the event.