Globally, children and youth represent the majority of rural-urban migrants but often also make up the majority of population in rapidly urbanizing countries. Young people are at the forefront of the world on the move. Yet many youths in cities today live in informal settlements, experiencing poverty and poor jobs prospect, or without sanitation, clean water, or affordable transport. So, the next generation has high stakes in seeing paradigm shift towards sustainable and inclusive urban development in the next 20 years.
The preparatory processes for Habitat III have been gathering views from urban stakeholders – including urban youth – at regional, national, thematic, and local and grassroots levels so far. We believe that continuation of active participation by urban youth can add value in important ways to the overall success of the global debates on our common urban future, and in making sure that it comes true. This will be realized if youth from all around the world are engaged with each other and with global leaders in substantive exchanges about good urban policies and solutions.
The third and last Preparatory Committee (PrepCom3) for Habitat III is the ideal moment to bring together the priorities and potentials that the future urban generation shares. This Urban Youth Meeting at PrepCom 3 Habitat III will help consolidate global urban youth perspectives towards the New Urban Agenda through a full-day programme of intensive and participatory consultation. We aim to achieve clear messages supported by wide audience. At the same time, this is a step towards beyond Quito, and a moment to inspire each other about taking actions on the ground, where future leaders are already making a difference in their cities and communities.