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Our Story

Globally, 85 per cent of the world’s young people live in developing countries, and an ever-increasing number of them are growing up in cities.

Our Approach

Youth are leaders of TODAY and tomorrow. We work to increase the capacity of youth and youth organizations to make healthier and more prosperous communities.

Our Work

Youth are taking action to advance urban sustainability and make their communities healthier and more vibrant.

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Youth News & Stories

In the face of the pandemic, young people from all over the world have demonstrated a willingness and desire to help rebuild their cities in

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15 July 2021 –  World Youth Skills Day, being celebrated today, celebrates the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.

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Watamu, Malindi became a city where sparks of waste management is becoming one of its essence. A recent development by 3 different but collaborated groups

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Watamu, Malindi became a city where sparks of waste management is becoming one of its essence. A recent development by 3 different but collaborated groups

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Livelihoods Creation in Mathare Informal Settlement emPlastic Recycling Programme Design Thinking Workshop and Business Development

Following the establishment of the Mathare Plastic Recycling programme in September 2020, UN-Habitat in partnership with the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and the International

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2020 was a year that saw an influx of digital content consumption and the thriving of the internet era. However, despite the increase in digital

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Our work

Through UN-Habitat’s youth activities we seek to improve the livelihoods of youth, especially those living in slums and unplanned settlements, through their inclusion in governance and the social and economic life of cities.

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Urban youth, over 50% of them women, have received training and other support through the Urban Youth Fund which has funded over 250 youth-led groups in 66 countries and 172 cities globally.

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Social enterprises focused on urban sustainability have been seeded through the Urban Youth Fund

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Urban youth, many from informal settlements and conflict cities, have accessed health services, job training and recreation activities through our One Stop Youth Resource centres.

Research Publications

We publish research on the latest findings on youth and sustainable urbanization.

UN-Habitat promotes transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance and collaborative action to leave no one and no place behind.

Reduced spatial inequality and poverty in communities across the urban-rural continuum

Enhanced shared prosperity for cities and regions

Strengthened climate action and improved urban environment

Effective urban crises prevention and response

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