The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development - Habitat III is to take place in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.
In resolution 66/207, the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanisation, to focus on the implementation of a “New Urban Agenda,” building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996. The objectives of the Conference are to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess accomplishments to date, address poverty, and identify and address new and emerging challenges.
With a view to strengthen youth and children’s voices in this process, the Children and Youth Assembly will be a space to engage youth from different backgrounds and different experiences. To facilitate a discussion on where youth stand in the current sustainable urban development policy landscape, what they can provide to the field, how the world can better maximize their potential, and how children and youth can have a stronger voice in urban development issues.
Our objectives for the Youth Assembly our:
1. Discuss the key priorities of children and youth in the sustainable urban development landscape and how youth can play a role in the implementation, follow-up, and review of the New Urban Agenda;
2. Training and capacity building to prepare participants to get the most out of Habitat III and advocate for youth priorities throughout the conference;
3. Share experiences and build skills among young people who wish to learn solutions to improve their cities, neighbourhoods or communities;
4. Provide a space for all youth-led or child-serving groups, organisations and movements wishing to share knowledge and conduct activities that will help strengthen children and youth voices in Quito and in urban development issues following the Habitat III conference;
5. Draft and adopt the Global Youth Declaration on the New Urban Agenda.