Children and Youth Roundtable

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Hall 4, Room A
Summary

Generation 2030: Youth Leadership for a Better World

Cities are becoming younger as a large proportion of the world’s three billion people under the age of twenty-five now live in urban areas. It is estimated that 60 percent of the global urban population will be under the age of 18 by 2030. At the same time, the climate crisis is intensifying, with unprecedented disasters causing irreversible damage to the environment and driving an increasing number of young women and men to urban areas.

The climate crisis and social unrest frame much of how youth view the world today. The ecological crisis has galvanized young people who may previously have had no more than a passing interest in such topics and millions of youth are organizing globally, skipping school every Friday to advocate for and demand change. Meanwhile, social upheaval is increasing as growing urban socio-economic inequality drives more and more people into the streets to demand more equitable access to public resources, economic opportunities, and basic urban services.   

This Roundtable is a platform for youth activists, academics, civil society, and government representatives to exchange views and shares experiences on innovative strategies to address these urgent issues in urbanization to ensure a positive outcome for all.

Objectives
  • Identify and analyze innovative strategies being undertaken by youth to effect positive change at local, national and global levels
  • Review relevant research on youth activism, engagement and community, drawing on best practices to inform future strategies.
  • Outline interventions necessary to support youth action and specific actions to be taken by youth.
Guiding Questions
  1. What are the strategies used by youth in engaging and empowering others to take action on critical issues such as climate change?
  2. What elements of these strategies make them successful and are they replicable?
  3. What are some examples of success stories resulting from the use of innovative strategies by youth?
  4. What research has been done on effective and positive youth activism and engagement?
  5. How can the UN and both local and national governments help youth to bring about positive change?

Session Speakers