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    Salut everyone,   This might be of interest to some of our youth of up to 35 years old I think.   All the best, Benoit ... From: Opportunities Fund for Urban
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      Salut everyone,
      This might be of interest to some of our youth of up to 35 years old I think.
      All the best,

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      Date: Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 1:34 PM
      Subject: Opportunities Fund for Urban Youth Led Development Application Forms Available!!
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      The Fund is committed to support innovative youth-led projects in areas such as employment, education, environment, health and safety. Applications from organizations partnering with government agencies and the private sector are encouraged. Projects promoting gender equality are particularly welcome.Applications details are now available at www.unhabitat.org/opfund



      Urban youth to benefit from UN-HABITAT's two-million dollar Opportunities Fund

      Urban based Youth-led organizations in developing countries who are working to improve the living conditions of their communities can now apply for financial assistance from UN-HABITAT.
      Of the one billion slum dwellers in the world today, it is estimated that more than 70% are under the age of 30. Yet these young people have few resources available to improve their own living environment. This is a major oversight as there are many youth-led initiatives in slums and squatter settlements that are in urgent need of financial support.

      "In this time of worldwide economic crisis, it is not only banks and automakers who deserve financial support, we also need to encourage youth who are often best placed to solve problems in their communities," said Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT. "The Opportunities Fund is designed to provide financial support of up to one million dollars per year, to youth-led initiatives aimed at sustainable urbanization. We must harness the energies of the young if we are to overcome the problems of urban poverty."

      The Opportunities Fund for Urban Youth-Led Development will give grants up to $5,000 and larger grants of $25,000 to organizations led by young people, aged 15-32 years.

      The Opportunities Fund for Urban Youth-Led Development has been established with support from the Norwegian Government specifically to provide funds to youth-led community initiatives. UN HABITAT is seeking the support of other governments and institutions for the Fund. 

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      As well here are some other resources you might wish to access that talk about youth led development.



      Peacechild International: www.peacechild.org

      Environmental Youth Alliance: www.eya.ca

      Sustainable Cities: www.icsc.ca

      UN HABITAT: www.unhabitat.org/categories.asp?catid=531






      Young people lobby governments hard     


      Young people joined UN-HABITAT and its partners for a week of hard lobbying of member governments in the Governing Council that oversees the agency's work programme. Their message: with ever growing numbers of young people in the world's growing cities, young voices must be heeded.

      From the opening ceremony at the twenty-second Governing Council to the closing gavel last week, youth made their presence felt, and underscored their ability to take leadership roles in their local communities, nationally and internationally.


      The formal meeting of governments marked the first time youth groups were formally represented through the new UN-HABITAT Youth Advisory Board. Established at the World Urban Forum IV in Nanjing, China, the board actively engaged in policy discussions, supported the writing of resolutions, and was represented on a special dialogue panel.


      "Young people like me represent half of the world population, and in developing countries, like mine, Colombia, youth represent more than half of the population,"  Advisory Board Member, Ms. Maria Fernanda Valencia, told government delegates in a landmark address.


      According to the UN-HABITAT publication, The State of the World's Cities, of the 1.1 billion young people aged 15-24 less than 4% are employed.


      "We are 3 times more likely to be unemployed than adults. And young women like me are more likely not to have decent and sustainable paid employment," she said.


      Young people at the convention also made several concrete suggestions on how youth could and are engaged to address the problems of climate change and cities which are now home to more than half the world's population. UN-HABITAT also announced its new Place on Earth climate project, which will engage young people in cities to help find some of the answers.


      "Given the high unemployment rate among young people, acknowledging the lack of opportunities,  lack of training, and the social stigma, I have no doubt that young people are currently one of the most affected segments of the population suffering from the financial crisis," said Ms. Valancia who presented several of the youth recommendations to the Counci.


      "Taking all this into consideration, it is important to highlight that young people should not be punished for the crises. And financing youth-led or youth-related initiatives should not be affected. In fact, these investments should be expanded," she said.

      Ms. Valencia, who also thanked Norway for financing the agency's new Youth-led Opportunities Fund, added: "We, young people, have repeatedly demonstrated our capacity to actively work and advocate for both affordable housing and climate change on local, national and global levels from grass roots projects to international advocacy networks."



      Kenyan songbird Sara Mitaru is the new UN-HABITAT Messenger of Truth

      The announcement was made during the Twenty-Second Session of the Governing Council where a programme highlighted Youth Empowerment Best practices and Models was held.

      Sara joins a list of elite young musicians who have been inducted into the Messenger of Truth hall of fame.

      The Messengers of Truth (MOT) Project was initiated and officially launched in September 2004, during the Second World Urban Forum held in Barcelona, Spain. It has 3 major objectives: to inform youth living in slums and inner cities of the Millennium Development Goals through the songs and performances of socially committed Hip-Hop artists singing and rapping in different languages worldwide; to empower youth organizations worldwide by providing platforms where their voices can be heard and to help legitimize their participation in decisions that affect their livelihoods and finally; to support projects worldwide demonstrating how youth organizations have been able to solve critical social, economic and environmental problems of direct relevance to the Millennium Development Goals in their respective communities.

      The designation was made by the UN-HABITAT Executive Director, Dr Anna Tibaijuka at a lively celebration where the graduates of the Youth Empowerment Programme were recognized and various youth representatives addressed the guests. There was entertainment through spoken word by the renowned Imani Woomera and Tim Mwaura. The Executive Director appointed Ms Sara Mitaru and thanked her for the support to the youth programme.

      She also reiterated that, "Ms Mitaru is a wonderful home-grown Afro-fusion singer and song writer known the world over for her music and singing and particularly her famous song, Woman from Africa. Her wonderful music builds around life, love, and change for the better in modern society."

      In her response to the appointment Ms Mitaru said she would engage youth, Habitat partners and other stakeholders in promoting the role of youth in the Habitat Agenda through entertainment and creative arts.



      Youth Led Survey!!
      Get Involved and You Might Win a New IPOD!!
      UN-HABITAT is committed to supporting youth in cities. To do so they need to know more about youth organizations - so, they are asking youth organizations to help by participating in a research program they are undertaking on youth-led organizations by filling out a survey at http://tinyurl.com/youthled.
      If you complete the survey, you will automatically be entered into a draw to WIN A NEW IPOD!

      Deadline to complete the survey is June 1st, 2009. Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail.

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