Youth-inclusive policy is part of the vision for people-centered urban future. The younger generation has a key role to play in solving big urban challenges and in achieving development goals. This session should show the youth’s capacity to be proactive partners in working together with governments and stakeholders in creating participatory policymaking and monitoring.
Today’s technologies potentially give more access for youth to participate; yet the increased participation will not happen automatically. More people have access to mobile phones than improved water or electricity worldwide. Young women and men are nearly twice as networked as the general population. At the same time, many cities and governments today are trying to capture the digital opportunities; but how can we make sure that we get “digital dividends” not “digital divide” – that new technology create more opportunity for good policy, and not more barriers for the disadvantaged or underserved groups?
This session shares good practices from the ground level, and from the global level, and highlights common aspects such as the importance of civic education, participatory process and tool, innovation (even in public and civic sectors), consulting with stakeholders, and many more. It also shows that tomorrow’s leaders can take action in today’s policy challenges at all levels – from everyday issues within their communities and cities, to the global stage. The recent SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals) offer opportunity for young people to get involved, too. Following a panel discussion by speakers to explain the examples of initiatives, youth participants will take part in focus group discussion to deliberate on action plan(s) for youth inclusive policymaking and monitoring of SDG11: Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Communities.
Venue: University of 17 Agustus (UNTAG) & ADB Offices
Method: Focus group discussion