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Children and Youth Roundtable

date June 29, 2022 | 17:00 - 19:00
Polish, Spanish, English, French, Russian, Chinese, Arabic + ISL [Polish + English]


Cities have become younger – most of the three billion people under the age of 25  live in urban areas, and it is estimated that 60 percent of the urban population will be under the age of 18 by 2030. This is happening in parallel with growing inequity, lack of access to basic services and increased violence.

Young people are an integral factor in sustaining peace. In recent years there has been a significant shift towards recognizing young people and their roles in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security.

This roundtable will feature a special UN Habitat initiative, Youth 2030 Cities, an urban governance initiative that seeks to build the capacity of youth leaders, and aims to promote the meaningful participation of young people towards sustainable urbanization.

Sub Title

Inclusive and Peaceful Cities by and for Children and Youth

Guiding Questions for discussions

  • Highlight key strategies that can be used to engage young people and their allies in creating inclusive and peaceful cities?
  • What are the key elements of these strategies that make them a success? Can they be replicated?  
  • What evidence as stories can you share as strategies that youth have used to share their knowledge and ideas to influence city plans?  
  • What research has been conducted on young people’s participation in govenence, their inclusion and their role as peacebuilders?  
  • How can the UN and governments engage young people in identifying solutions to improve city planning. The help young to bring about positive change? 

Concept Note

H.E. Tamara Vučić

The First Lady of Serbia

Maimunah Mohd Sharif

UN-Habitat | Executive Director

Papa Makha Nguer Seck
Papa Makha Nguer Seck

ARPV (Association des Relais Polyvalents) | Development Specialist

Cherie Enns

University of Fraser Valley | Professor

Katarzyna Smętek

President of WUF11 Youth Council

Theodora Siatubotu

Powering Young Initiatives | Programme Manager

Esther Muiruri

Gold Ribbon Initiative, Local2030 Coalition | Founder, Committee Member

Emmanuel Jal 

Independent | Artist, Former Child Soldier 

SM Shaikat

SERAC | Executive Director

Cherie Enns

University of Fraser Valley | Professor

Douglas Ragan


UN-Habitat | Programme Management Officer, Expert in Child and Youth Development

Leah Namugerwa

Fridays for Future Uganda | Climate Activist

Carolyne  Mbithe
Carolyne Mbithe

Mathare Roots Initiative | Mathare Roots Youth Development Cordinator

Hon. Giancarlo Guido Casassa Sánchez

Mayor of Surquillo, Lima, Peru

Morten Lynge
Morten Lynge

Plan International | Urban Lead

Gwendolyn Seyonnoh Myers
Messengers of Peace-Liberia(MOP) | Founder & Executive Director
Nyombi Morris

Fridays For Future Uganda & Earth Volunteers | Climate Activist

Michel Tatiana  Zuluaga Duque
Michel Tatiana Zuluaga Duque
Despacio | Administrative and Gender Advisor
Vitalii Zvizhynskyi
Vitalii Zvizhynskyi

Youth Council | Youth Member

Cuong Kieu

UN-Habitat | Coordinator

Joyati Das
Joyati Das

HCA | Director

Taylor Garner

N-Habitat | Coordinatior

Lenin Zambrano

Museum Otavalango | Youth Leader

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