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#MyCityMyVoice

Share what wellbeing looks like in cities for you.

We are excited to launch the #MyCityMyVoice campaign for young people to add their voice on wellbeing in cities and mark the 11th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 11).Through #MyCityMyVoice, we aim to create a global community of young people build better cities for youth. Add your voice!

Choose how you want to add your voice.

Submit your idea
If you are an individual or group aged 10-30, we want you to share an idea that expresses your vision for a city where your wellbeing is met. By sharing an idea, you will be in with the chance of winning a year's subscription to Calm, an app for sleep and meditation which aims to improve health and happiness.
Submit your idea now
Ask your question
What would you like to ask a mayor or decision maker about wellbeing in cities? We invite you to ask a question about wellbeing in cities, with the most popular answered across the week by guests –– including experts from around the world –– visiting in the booth.
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By 2050, more than two thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas – but these cities are not currently equipped for wellbeing. From education, to healthcare, to employment, our city systems are currently failing young people, damaging their health and wellbeing, and leaving them at risk of being left behind.

Young people are critical to building healthier, prosperous and more sustainable cities. At Fondation Botnar, we believe that when given the tools, young people will play a crucial role in shaping our collective future, tackling new challenges, and harnessing opportunities. During WUF11, we are inviting young people – both in person at the conference, as well as those joining or following the event virtually, to have the opportunity to have their voices heard and dialogue with global experts and political leaders in urbanisation and city planning.

The #MyCityMyVoice campaign will launch on 23rd June and is open for submissions until the 30th June.

#MyCityMyVoice Ideas Wall

Idea
Due to digitization and urbanization, most interactions young people have with each other are online. Most cities around the world are now devoid of young people's close-knit (in person) social groupings that serve as a safe space to commune and share ideas on topics of interest, challenges and all other things that come with being young. Cities can collaborate with the private sector to create community 'after school' centers where young people can meet and explore shared interests

Michael Tetteh Doku,23 yearsGhana
Question
How would you look to teach skills to the younger generation so they are ready for the rapid change in the job market, due to artificial intelligence automating a lot of current roles?
read the response here
Anthony Hashemi,27 yearsUnited Kingdom
Answer
Idea
Cities can be very overstimulating and the pace of life is QUICK! We need meaningful investment in holistic and integrated mental health and wellbeing services – like mindfulness meditation, and person-centred talking therapies, so we are equipped with the knowledge and skills to regulate our feelings and feel empowered to take things slower

Eden,25 yearsUK
Question
Cities can be places of inclusion and community, but they can also be places of division and hatred. What can we do to best protect LGBTQ+ communities living in cities?
read the response here
Lewis,27 yearsUK
Answer
Question
Transport costs are extremely high. How can cities support underpaid youth getting to work?
read the response here
Niyi,25 years
Answer
Idea
Effective city systems can only be created and sustained by being purposefully designed to support efforts that encourage inclusion and participation, while acknowledging the needs of all young people, regardless of their functional limitations, gender, color, background, etc. By doing this, we will be able to create cities that cater to everyone's needs and eliminate disparities in access to resources like primary healthcare, skills development, employment, and quality education

Michael Tetteh Doku,23 yearsGhana
Idea
Citizen inclusion to develop city! Our voice need to be heard

Fanny,26 yearsPoland
Question
what measures do you take to meet the needs of marginalised communities, like LGBTQ+ youth, in your work?
read the response here
Eden,25 years
Answer
Idea
I long for a city that works for all during the day, as well as, at night! #NighttimeGovernance

Amir Alexander Salem,0 yearsUK

Agenda of Fondation Botnar’s presence at WUF

Youth Assembly Panel Discussion and Signing Ceremony

  • Date: Sunday 26 June 2022
  • Time: 11.10-12.00 CET

The Youth Assembly will commence an engaging discussion involving Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Michel Zuluaga of our partner Despacio, our CEO Stefan Germann and others coming together to discuss digital innovation and frontier technologies, including AI for sustainable urban development.

Launch of Young Gamechangers program

  • Date: Sunday 26 June 2022
  • Time: TBC

The UN-Habitat Young Gamechangers is a three-year project focusing on intermediary cities in Senegal, India, and Colombia to improve the urban health and wellbeing of young people through their active engagement in urban governance, design of inclusive public spaces and digital engagement.

Launch of global DeclarACTION

  • Date: Sunday 26 June 2022
  • Time: 17.30-18.00 CET

Join our partners UN-Habitat for the launch of their initiative calling for youth to make a global DeclarACTION: a pledge for action relating to the SDGs – during the Youth Assembly.

Youth Zone Opening Ceremony

  • Date: Monday 27 June 2022
  • Time: 12.30-13.00 CET

Make sure to visit the Youth Zone, an interactive space for youth to network and connect. Meet young people who participate in our Fondation Botnar programs.

Youth Zone: Thematic Talk, SDG Scorecard Demo, Minecraft Demo

  • Date: Monday 27 June 2022
  • Time: TBC

Join sessions at the Youth Zone, supported by Fondation Botnar! Exciting session include a Thematic Talk on the SDG Scorecard (TIME) and Minecraft demo (TIME).

Networking session: From local to global: youth participation in implementing SDGs

  • Date: Monday 27 June 2022
  • Time: 16.00-17.30 CET

The Healthy Cities for Adolescent program promotes young people as important contributors and equal partners in creating sustainable solutions for their respective growing cities, with the aim of deepening knowledge about health and wellbeing issues and solutions. This roundtable brings together representatives from the program, as well as our partners Despacio to discuss how young people can be involved in creating solutions to issues created by rapid urbanisation.

“Localizing the SDGs: Transformative partnerships to accelerate achievement of the Global Goals at local level”

  • Date: Wednesday 29 June 2022
  • CET Time: 13.30-15.30 CET

Join an engaging session where our CEO Stefan Germann will discuss how to prioritise young people’s participation and leadership in achieving the SDGs.

Collaboration and philanthropy for better cities

  • Date: Wednesday 29 June 2022
  • Time: 16.00-18.00 CET

Join our CEO, Stefan Germann at this roundtable discussing how philanthropy can unleash the power of e collective action for equitable giving, innovation, and deepen support and strengthen relationships with communities to build inclusive safe resilient cities for all.

The Future Now.
For Young People
Worldwide.

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