Improving the health and well-being of young people in intermediary cities.

Youth have a limited say
in local governance

Despite being among the most active users of public goods and having a significant stake in the future, young people are often underrepresented in urban governance processes.

The future of our cities
is youthful

With 55% of the global population currently residing in urban areas and an anticipated increase to 68% by 2050, it is expected that up to 60% of all urban dwellers will be under the age of 18 by 2030.

Innovative tools can
become a solution

To address these challenges, it is crucial to develop appropriate mechanisms and participatory tools, including digital technologies, that increase youth inclusion in urban governance.

PILLARS

Young Gamechangers Initiative’s approach to address these challenges is underpinned by the following pillars:

YOUTH GOVERNANCE

Strengthening governance frameworks to advance the health and  well-being of young people.

DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT

Empower young people with voice and agency and equip them with the right digital skills to engage in governance.  

INCLUSIVE PUBLIC SPACES

Supporting local authorities to deliver public spaces that are youth-friendly, safe, accessible and inclusive

PROCESS

There are two prerequisites and six studios that make up the approach that underpins Young Gamechangers Initiative, including:

Young Gamechangers Initiative - Process

SELECTED CITIES

VOICES OF YOUTH

MEET THE TEAM

We are the team of dedicated professionals passionate about making cities children- and youth-friendly while bolstering youth inclusion in urban contexts.

Contact us via email unhabitat-urbanhealth@un.org.

STORIES AND NEWS

YOUNG DATA HUB

PROJECT LIBRARY

VIDEOS

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Young Gamechangers Initiative seeks to improve the health and well-being of young people in intermediary cities in India, Senegal and Colombia. Funded by Fondation Botnar, the project is led by UN-Habitat in collaboration with Block by Block Foundation and being implemented with a range of private and public partners including the World Health Organization (WHO), local governments in the selected cities and local youth-led organizations.