Asia Urban Youth Assembly (AUYA) in conjunction with the Convention on Melaka Twin Cities 2017
Investing on all youth groups particularly those from the most marginalized communities in conflict and post conflict areas as well as those with disabilities will ensure the success of the 2030 Development Agenda and the New Urban Agenda Post 2015 and Habitat III Global Agenda’s.
It against this backdrop, that Melaka City and UN-Habitat jointly hosted the first ever Asia Urban Youth Assembly in conjunction with 17th International Convention on Melaka Twin Cities 2017. To include Mr. Richard Hamba, (E.D- TEENS Uganda) Representative of Uganda, the Assembly brought together over 200 young people, experts from governments, youth networks and movements, research and development communities especially those from Asia Pacific to discuss and make solid youth focused contributions to achieve a functional future world where they have adequate opportunities to achieve their full potential.
The discussions under the theme “Youth Role towards the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda – Taking action for innovative, socially minded, green cities” will foster intercultural learning and exchange among youth groups, governments, and development practitioners from the different parts of the world.
Youth Rights Amplified: The project will aim to achieve the education of objective i.e. (awareness, sensitivity, attitude, skills, and participation) which serves as major guidance for working on building an environmentally effective human behavior. Human rights as well as cultural and artistic rights is a key sector which deserves the attention of our governments, the decision makers, the community and the people of East Africa. This community-Level Program for Youth, explores these questions, focusing on essential elements of youth participation, decision making and Socio-economic development. It shall offer recommendations for practice, research and policy to ensure that programs are well designed to meet young people’s rights and developmental needs.
Role of Youth in Governance:
Preparing youth for active citizenship requires the collaboration of educational institutions, governments, political parties, politicians, families, the community sector and youth themselves. But this is not about simply transferring knowledge from one generation to another – rather, it is about embracing youth as co-creators and partners in renewing civil and democratic life in East Africa community. As young people reflect on their civic and political roles, it is clear that many of them must first find their own identity as a eats African or Africans. They need opportunities to practice being a citizen – through discussion and debate, at home, in schools and in their own and broader communities. Out of this experience, they begin to develop a sense of efficacy and a growing sense of belonging.
Youth & Sustainable development Goals: Sustainable development Goals are equally as important to young as they for adults because young people need to live healthy lives, need to be in safe neighborhoods, have access to clean water and energy, have a quality education, food, and all as described among the 17 goals. Therefore, young people help change the world o a better place if given the opportunities and support to determine the type world they want. Decision makers should be open enough to share relevant information necessary for youth to use their creative capacities to initiate and create technologies and environments that are smart enough to ensure sustainability.
- Launch a civic literacy strategy that positions reframed, revitalized and diversified citizenship education as a factor.
- Democratize governance (adopt more participatory methods, lessen executive control).
- Create a federal ministerial portfolio for youth policy and programs.
- Renew political parties (reach out to youth, democratize party structures and practices).
- Realign community sector engagement strategies (tailor opportunities to youth interests).
- Leverage community organizations’ trusted status to raise youth civic literacy and engagement.
- Start at home: mobilize families as agents and role models.
- Challenge youth to exercise their voice, improve media/political literacy, balance personal and collective needs and expectations, and develop patience.