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Meet the UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board 2023-2025!

I am thrilled by the energy and innovation the Youth Advisory Board brings to UN-Habitat. Their passion for sustainable development is inspiring. Together, we’re forging a brighter, more inclusive future for cities worldwide. Michal Mlynár UN-Habitat Deputy Executive Director 7 November, 2023, Nairobi. – In the face of rapid urbanization, the United Nations Human Settlements

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Creative economy workshop under Sisters Neighbourhood Programme for youth from the slum Mathare, Nairobi. Credits: UN-Habitat

Meet the Sister Neighbourhoods Programme!

27 February 2023, Nairobi. – UN-Habitat’s Sister Neighborhoods program is an initiative aimed at fostering youth empowerment and capacity building in impoverished communities worldwide. The program seeks to achieve these objectives through knowledge exchange programs which promote job training and arts and culture. By doing so, it advances the programme goals but also supports the

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Refugee Youth Brief: Exploring Good Practices In Displacement Context

15 January 2023, Nairobi. – Revisiting a brief developed by UN-Habitat and the University of Victoria, Canada, and presented at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkiye, in 2016. UN-HABITAT and the Centre for Youth & Society, University of Victoria, Canada have published a report addressing the particular challenges and capacities of refugee youth in

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Fondation Botnar, a Swiss philanthropy organization, visits the informal settlement of Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya, October 2022. Credits: UN-Habitat

Fondation Botnar Visits Mathare: Showcasing Youth-Led Projects and Empowerment Efforts in an Informal Settlement

18 October, 2022, Nairobi, Kenya. – This sunny afternoon in the very heart of Nairobi, Fondation Botnar representatives visit Mathare, one of the biggest informal settlements in Kenya. Fondation Botnar is recognized for their mandate to improve the health and wellbeing of young people living in cities around the world. Organised by UN-Habitat, Mathare Roots

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Update: Final version of the Policy Brief: Youth, Cities and COVID-19

Update: Final version of the Policy Brief: Youth, Cities and COVID-19 Urbanization is the engine that propels the world towards prosperity in the 21st century and youth are its engineers. Youth are society’s most essential and dynamic human resource. There are more people under the age of 30 today than ever before, totaling over three

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Launch of Consultation on Youth, Cities and COVID-19 Policy Brief

The impact of COVID-19 has intensified the pre-existing challenges faced by young people in their day to day lives. Ranging from unemployment to lack of access of resources and services, there has been an increasing need for policies that will urgently address these issues. Because of this UN-Habitat has developed a Policy Brief on Youth,

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Kenyan Youth Launch COVID-19 Emergency Response

1 April 2020, Mathare, Kenya – Last month 10-year old Tabitha Muthoni was first in line to wash her hands at the new handwashing station in the Mathare informal settlement. Ten days later she carried out hand wash number 8,000 at the same place. “I am very happy that I and my family and friends

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UN-Habitat Assembly Youth Statement

We, the young people and youth stakeholders of the UN Habitat Assembly convened in Nairobi, Kenya from the 23rd to 31st of May 2019, to participate in the Youth and the Blue Economy Pr-conference, the Stakeholders Forum, and the inaugural UN-Habitat Assembly. UN-Habitat has one of the longest standing youth programmes within the UN system.

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