UN-HABITAT on Thursday unveiled two new initiatives to help young people in the poorer neighbourhoods of cities in the developing world get a better start in life and give the Millennium Development Goals for global poverty reduction a major boost.
The new initiatives are an Opportunities Fund for urban youth-led development designed to improve understanding, and lead to more effective ways of involving young people in sustainable urban development.
The agency also announced a Global Partnership Initiative on urban youth development in Africa aimed at harnessing the abundant resources of Africaâ€™s youth to improve the quality of life in cities and towns. The initiative also seeks to empower vulnerable urban youth groups for improved socio-economic inclusion and development.
The thinking behind the two projects, agency officials said, is forged in the belief that young people are the best agents of change within their communities.