#Youth at the #Habitat3


Today, Martin Ulvestad Østerdal, from the Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU) delivered a statement on behalf of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth to the plenary meeting of the Habitat III PrepCom1 at the UN Headquarters in NY.


Martin reminded the delegates attending the PrepCom1 about the importance of engaging and listening to youth, children and future generations since they are the ones who will inherit this new habitat agenda being discussed, and will be directly affected by decisions taken today.

He also reminded us that in order to tackle the challenges we face today, we really will need a tailored and ambition new development agenda. The way we plan our existing cities and address the issue of new cities will determine what SDGs are fulfilled and who is left behind.

The agenda needs to go beyond its focus on just Urban, and focus on an agenda for human settlements everywhere, and it needs to be inclusive of everyone, specially women and young people.

Finally, Martin called attention of all the government delegations attending the PrepCom1 that Youth Participation must not be a one off event. That we can no longer accept hand picked youth participation discussing topics defined by others as youth issues. Youth participation needs to be representative, independent and with emphasis on the whole political process.

The new urban agenda needs to maximise our holistic human development and minimise our ecological footprint. And the only way to achieve that is through dialog, participation and partnerships with the people living in the city/ these places, including youth and children. Nothing about us without us.

Read the full statement delivered today here!


O Programa Juventude e Meio Ambiente precisa de você!



A consulta pública objetiva recolher contribuições a proposta do Programa Juventude e Meio Ambiente. Ela estará disponível até o dia 10 de junho de 2013.

A Secretaria Nacional de Juventude, da Secretaria-Geral da Presidência da República, inicia nesta terça-feira (21/5) uma consulta pública ao texto da proposta de criação do Programa Juventude e Meio Ambiente. Fruto do trabalho do GT Interministerial Juventude e Meio Ambiente, coordenado pela SNJ e composto ainda pelo Ministério da Educação; e Meio Ambiente, a iniciativa é uma resposta a uma reivindicação histórica da sociedade civil e de diversas resoluções de várias conferências e encontros nacionais.

Saiba mais: http://migre.me/eEIZa
Acesse o blog: http://consultajuventudemeioambiente.wordpress.com/

How education on the 21st century looks like?!

If you know me, you probably know I go on and on about the role young people play (or should play) in deciding their own lives. While many agree we need to empower our youth, very little are ready to create the space and the opportunity for young people to take ownership over different aspects of their own lives.

In many previous posts, I’ve talked about youth-led development.. which is the idea of young people becoming equal partners in development processes that will shape their communities and consequently their lives…

But today I want to bring a question about youth-led education… Have you thought about what could happen if students would design their own schools!?

Sounds weird!? Maybe you should have a look at this!

“Education is not the filling of a pail, it’s the lightening of a fire!”

If you want to learn more about the project, and engage with other people trying to re-think education, make sure you connect at https://www.facebook.com/groups/independentproject/

Some barefeet inspiration…

Continuing with my posts about the wonderful treasuries of Africa… I want to share a little inspiration from Zambia today.

In my two years working with UNICEF in that country, I had the incredible pleasure of coming across a series of special people, and learn a bit more about their work and passion, constantly feeling re-charged with inspiration to continue my own work.

Some of those people I’ve been luck to come across and meet were Adam McGuigan, Tobias TemboTaonga Tembo, Ndala Bukola, Felix Chali, Michael and John Chanda and others that are part of an amazing group called Barefeet Theater Company..

Barefeet started as a few workshops with children living on the streets of Zambia but along the years has grown into one of the most exciting and inspiring projects I’ve personally came across!

They use Arts (theater, music, dance, etc) to inspire, empower and transform lives in Zambia, working with street kids from across the country, trying to build their confidence, and enable them to express themselves and to engage in building a better community.

But as an image speaks for thousand words… I would like to invite you to loose your shoes, and enjoy a bit of barefeet inspiration!

I guess there is no doubts that Africa has many treasures to be discovered still, but more than anything, we definitely have lots and lots to learn from incredible people like the Zambian Barefeet team!

If you want to learn more about the project, check http://www.barefeettheatre.org/

O mundo que queremos – Pós 2015!

Você é jovem e está interessado nas discussões da Agenda Pós-2015, faça parte da rede de mobilização das juventudes brasileira através do grupo: juventudes2015br+subscribe@googlegroups.com

Chegou a hora de dançar por um mundo melhor!!!


Galera, hoje é dia de dançar por uma ótima causa!!!

O projeto Escola de Bambu mais uma vez apresenta a II Festa Bambuzeira, parar bailarmos em busca da construção de uma escola na África!

A Festa Bambuzeira está de volta! Agora com mais um DJ e mais uma banda, terminando um pouquinho mais tarde!

Sem dúvidas, este é o jeito mais divertido de ajudar!!!!
Com DJ Faga, DJ Peetssa, Banda Fuleragem, Calendário MaiaNão pode perder não!!!
Começa as 21hrs na Rua João Moura, 1175 em Pinheiros!!!

Nos vemos por lá!

A drop of inspiration! Make THE difference!

If you want to change the world.. but never really know how to start.. feel overwhelmed about all the challenges and difficulties you know you will have to come across..  please check out this little inspiring video…. and learn that all you have to do.. is to start small!

This film is based on a true story. In 1986 a football team that lived on a little island in the south of Thailand called “Koh Panyee”. It’s a floating village in the middle of the sea that has not an inch of soil. The kids here loved to watch football but had nowhere to play or practice. But they didn’t let that stop them. They challenged the norm and have become a great inspiration for new generations on the island.

Youth 21: Increasing youth participation in the UN system!

Are you a youth activist or advocate?! Do you think young people should play a greater role in the UN system?! Do you have views on what should be the mandate of the UN SG Special Advisor on Youth issues?! So you got to stay tuned on the Youth 21 Initiative!!!

The UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund facebook page will be hosting all the information on the Youth 21 Initiative and will be filled with updates in the lead up to and during the Global Youth 21 – March Meeting in Nairobi (March 15 – 18).

Make sure you are connected with us to find out how you can be involved in this initiative to increase youth engagement in the UN and in democratic governance.

How can we grow food in the cities of the 21st century!?

Urban agriculture is nothing new! It has been a reality for decades, starting with the industrialization of Western Europe in the 20th century. Urban agriculture has been also well practiced in poorer economies such as Cuba, where it serves as an important way of self-reliance.

With our global population with over 7billion people, and growing towards 9billion people by 2050. And recognizing that the conventional agriculture methods are currently also generating a big ecological impact on the environment, urban agriculture may very well be one of the key solutions for the 21st century.

Following a video from Roman Gaus, at TEDxZurich sharing the experience with the www.UrbanFarmers.ch

As Roman explains, urban agriculture offers the solution to grow potentially enough food in the city to feed its entire population. What’s more, it also creates healthier, wealthier and happier cities, offering consumers with fresh & quality food choices and access to better quality of life.

A revolução dos baldinhos!

Uma boa idéia e alguns baldinhos podem sim inspirar uma revolução!

Há mais ou menos um ano, a comunidade Chico Mendes, na grande Florianópolis decidiu discutir o problema do lixo orgânico, que vivia espalhado pela comunidade provocando uma série de infestações de bichos e doenças.

Foi assim que surgiu a “Revolução dos Baldinhos”…

A equipe vai de casa em casa arrebanhando novos participantes para o programa. As famílias que topam participar recebem um baldinho para depositarem seus resíduos orgânicos. Outras famílias, em pontos estratégicos, recebem baldes maiores, as bombonas, e tornam-se PEV´s (Pontos de Entrega Voluntária) da vizinhança.

Duas vezes por semana, as moradoras Nice e Rose, auxiliadas por João, um bolsista do Cepagro (http://www.cepagro.org.br/ – organização que apoia a iniciativa), circulam com um carrinho coletando as cascas e sobras de alimentos de boa parte da comunidade.

Tudo que é recolhido é levado até a Escola América Dutra Machado onde os restos de alimento passam pelo processo de compostagem. Em cerca de 3 meses deixam de ser “lixo” e transformam-se em um composto orgânico bastante fértil. Que é destribuído para as familias usarem em hortas caseiras, além é claro de nutrir a horta da escola.

Cerca de 2 toneladas de resíduos são recolhidos todo mês e claro, cuidadosamente processados pela Nice, pela Rose e pelo João. Mas o propósito é ampliar ainda mais a adesão das famílias e o volume da coleta. Elas já estão de olho num terreno público que fica nos fundos da quadra esportiva, e que acaba servindo de lixão pros moradores pouco instruídos. O sonho é transformar o espaço num grande PEV e pátio de compostagem.