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UN Committee of Youth Empowerment and Ecological Safety Is Established

“2013 Urban China Youth Report Project”Is Officially Launched in Hong Kong

At the 24 Session of the Governing Council of UN-HABITAT in Nairobi, April 2013, UN-HABITAT and IESCO jointly launched the Youth Empowerment and Urban Ecological Safety Project. The UN Committee of Youth Empowerment and Urban Ecological Safety is established on August 3rd, 2013. Joan Clos, UN Under-Secretary-General and executive director of UN-HABITAT, is the honorary chairman; Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, director of the Global Monitoring and Research Division at the UN Human Settlements Program, is the director; Jiang Mingjun, president of IESCO, is the executive director; Tee Ching Seng and Shan Fengping, assistant director-generals of IESCO, are deputy directors.

The Youth Empowerment and Urban Ecological Safety Project  includes four aspects: 1- To release annual Urban China Youth  Report; 2- To implement ecological skills training programs on a global  scale; 3- To implement urban ecological safety index ranking on a global scale; 4- To establish “UN  Youth Innovation Award”.

On August 3rd, 2013, IESCO (Hong Kong) Secretariat held “2013 Urban China Youth Report Project Seminar” in Hong Kong. Participants included IESCO President Jiang Mingjun, IESCO assistant director-generals Tee Ching Seng and Shan Fengping, director of the Global Monitoring and Research Division at the UN Human Settlements Program Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, and officials from UN-HABITAT. At the seminar, UN-HABITAT introduced the background and significance of “Urban China Youth Report Project” in detail. The executive group of Urban China Youth Report Project of IESCO (Hong Kong) Secretariat introduced the project’s schedule and overall plan to UN-HABITAT.  Both sides discussed and analyzed contents of the project to lay solid foundation for the success of this project. On August 4th, a group from UN-HABITAT visited IESCO (Hong Kong) Secretariat. On August 5th, the executive group of the project summarized the achievements of the seminar and allocated the tasks. The seminar and related activities completed successfully.

“2013 Urban China Youth Report Project” is an important component of the Youth Empowerment Programme of UN-HABITAT. The Youth Empowerment Programme of UN-HABITAT is an international activity which aims to maintain and promote the living condition of marginalized urban youths. UN-HABITAT has constantly paid attention to the urban youth issue ever since it was first mentioned at UN HABITAT II Conference. After the UN HABITAT II Conference in 1996, with deepening awareness of governments of various countries of the needs of urban youths, the conference was urged to make a decision to develop the youth empowerment strategy, and the strategy was passed on the 20th Session of the Governing Council of UN-HABITAT in 2005. From then on, the strategy to “enhance involvement of youth” of UN-HABITAT provided countries and governments with the basis of developing and implementing Youth Empowerment Programme. The strategy has been implemented in global range and has made great achievements in these key aspects as listed below:  

l  One-stop Youth Resource Center, which cooperates with local government and NGOs, and provides space for urban activities on youth service, information and youth leadership.

l  Youth entrepreneurship training, which encourages youth innovation and involvement in business.

l  Urban Youth Status Report, which records practical research based on actual conditions and studies the conditions reflected by the report.

l  Urban Youth Foundation, which provide financial support for development projects initiated by youth in developing counties.

l  The Youth 21 Action is a programme initiated by the Governing Council of UN-HABITAT, which aims to enhance involvement of youths inside UN system and to designate special advisor to take charge of youth problem.

To strengthen its operational work and support to regulate proposals, the Youth Empowerment Programme hopes to develop corporations with several major partners in the aspect of youth issues in order to promote the programme globally and to contact more urban youths through these corporations. In that spirit, IESCO will provide $2,000,000 for the implementation of the Youth Empowerment and Urban Ecological Safety Project.

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