Our Story

85% 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 Research

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

Our Work

Through UN-Habitat’s Youth programming, 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.


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.


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


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.
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Youth participated in Youth 2030 Cities events

Youth 2030 Cities

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Youth initiatives submitted
Events held in 6 countries

Stories and News about Youth

Reprinted from Plastik Rafiki Through a collaboration between Plastiki Rafiki, the International Office of Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Human Settlements (UN-Habitat) Youth and Livelihoods Unit, the “One Stop Mathare Environmental Conservation Youth Group (MECYG)” recently received Plastiki Rafiki injection and extrusion molding machines in order to process collected plastic waste into new products.

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January 29, Nairobi, Kenya. – Today, in the lead-up to the 11th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11), which is to be held in the Polish City of Katovice between 26-30 of July, 2022, the global consultations on the participation of youth in this event will take place. The further consultative sessions are scheduled

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Mural DA4C

UPD: The Mural created by Young Mothers and Graffiti Girls has won a Special Award at the art competition by the Digital Art for Climate (DA4C). To see this and other climate artists’ artworks, please visit the Initiative’s website www.digitalart4climate.space. *          *          * October 2021, Nairobi, Kenya.

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Speech delivered at World Habitat Day 2021 in Yaounde, Cameroon

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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 a way that would ensure all citizens, especially young people, can thrive. In the coming decades, they will be leading the future of our cities, but unfortunately their voices and

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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. UN-Habitat is celebrating World Youth Skills Day and the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development through enhancing the artistic skills of youth by building their entrepreneurship capacities and

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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

**  Any reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, is to be understood in full compliance with Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.