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Young People , Participation and Sustainable Development in an Urbanizing World

Young People , Participation and Sustainable Development in an Urbanizing World

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Although the proportion of young people in cities is growing rapidly, few studies take into account the diversity of and views on their urban experiences. This is an examination of the lives, capacities, and agencies of urban youth in the developing world and an identification of significant gaps for research. In particular, this book provides a highlight of the political economy of youth-focused development in an increasingly urbanizing world. Political-economic processes that shape and are shaped by young people's urban lives get particular attention.
Although the proportion of young people in cities is growing rapidly, few studies take into account the diversity of and views on their urban experiences. This is an examination of the lives, capacities, and agencies of urban youth in the developing world and an identification of significant gaps for research. In particular, this book provides a highlight of the political economy of youth-focused development in an increasingly urbanizing world. Political-economic processes that shape and are shaped by young people's urban lives get particular attention.

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03/27/2014

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YOUTH AND SUSTAINABLE
URBAN DEVELOPMENT

BELOW: For majority of young people,
employment may not necessarily provide an
income sufficient to cover basic necessities,
Bangkok, Thailand. © Worldbank

YOUNG PEOPLE,

PARTICIPATION, AND SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT IN AN URBANIZING WORLD

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Twin global movements that emerged two
decades ago—the UNCRC and sustainable
development—are encouraging urban
planners to recognize the needs and
capabilities of youth (Frank, 2006). Both
the CRC and the principle of sustainable
development have recognized that a strong
tool for serving youth is to empower them
to influence civic affairs, including in the
realm of community development and
environmental planning.

The needs of children and youth, particularly
with regards to their living environment,
have to be taken fully into account.
Special attention needs to be paid to the
participatory processes dealing with the
shaping of cities, towns and neighborhoods;
this is in order to secure the living conditions
of children and of youth and to make use
of their insights, creativity and thought on
their environment. (Paragraph 13 of the 2nd
UN Conference on Human Settlement, UN-
Habitat 1996).

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