The 14 members of UN-Habitat's Youth Advisory Board this week started their new two-year term of office giving UN-Habitat and their home regions a much-need boost of new ideas on urban youth perspectives around the world.
Members of the UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board, during World Urban Forum 6, Naples, Italy, 2012 @ UN-Habitat
The Board members, elected online for two-year terms at the sixth session of the World Urban Forum in Naples earlier this month, will serve as advisors in their regions and participate in various urban youth platforms. They will provide advice to UN-Habitat on urban youth development and promote the inclusion of young people at various levels in UN-Habitat's decision-making process.
"The Youth Advisory Board is an important institution within UN-Habitat," said Mr. Douglas Reagan, head of UN-Habitat's youth programme. "They give us a direct link to youth in every region of the world, and invaluable input into our programmes."
The elected board is made up of 12 Youth Advisors representing Africa, Asia pacific, Europe, North America, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and two observers representing the interests of informal settlements, and the other appointed by UN-Habitat.
The advisors are:
- Ms. Stella Agara (Kenya)
- Mr. Francis Anyeagbu (Nigeria)
- Ms. Lucinda Hartley (Australia)
- Mr. John Anugraha (India)
- Ms. Dana Podmolikova (Czech Republic)
- Mr. Lorenzo Casullo (Italy)
- Ms. Safira De La Sala (Brazil)
- James Alcime (Haiti)
- Ms. Maya Mboup (Canada)
- Mr Daniel Sullivan (USA)
- Ms. Escandari Samin (Iran)
- Mir Ghulam Murtaza Noonari (Pakistan)
- Mr. Rapheal Obonyo (External Advisor, Kenya)
- Mr. Edinilson Ferreira Dos Santos (Informal Settlement Representative, Brazil).
They were elected online from a pool of more than 7,500 voters around the world.