This session will share the findings and early analysis from UN-Habitat’s Global State of Urban Youth Report 2015/16, which explores the theme of “Urban Equity and Youth Development” through participatory researches involving young people from diverse cities around the developing world.
The report provides an insightful and country-specific perspective to issues in youth equity, employment and development in selected cities in Brazil, South Africa, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Jamaica, Indonesia, Nepal, Cambodia, Myanmar, Somalia, Papua New Guinea and Palestine. The report attempts to identify the root causes of inequities and analyze the city-wide and regional trends in the pattern of inequities in these cities.
Building on earlier UN-Habitat State of the Urban Youth Reports, this report examines the various dimensions of inequities and link these to the process of urbanization in order to show how urban areas contribute to the growing inequalities of cities, and in turn show how these dimensions relate to the growth and development of urban areas. The report further highlights how the social and structural inequalities of opportunity experienced by urban youth and exclusion in urban governance act as barriers for young men and women to secure livelihoods and socio economic opportunities, and their full enjoyment/entitlement to the right to the city.
The report proposes ways by which existing policies and legal frameworks can be strengthened to reduce youth inequalities to enable them contribute more effectively in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
The session will take 2.5 hours. The first hour is devoted to a presentation of key findings by experts and youth researchers. The second half will be a lively focus group discussion involving all the participants including youth development specialists, and representatives from Government, private sector, and youth serving organization.
Venue: University of 17 Agustus (UNTAG) & Microsoft Offices
Method: Focus group discussion