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Share what wellbeing looks like in cities for you.

We were 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) in June 2022. Through #MyCityMyVoice, we aim to create a global community of young people build better cities for youth. Read the ideas and questions submitted by young people below!

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.
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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

The City are the capital for change especially for youth, when the environment are so-round features eg daycare academies community mobilization agency for education that contribute the children and youth to grow in creative for the better future in their life. My idea is to promote campaign for the villagers to have community mobilizer for education for your even a family due to importance of education especially children to learn at home this will increase the performance and well being

Zamzam Juma Hamad,25 yearsTanzania
How can we build more ethical and equitable cities?
My city is one of the favourable communities anyone would want to be, we are loving, caring and welcoming but unfortunately everyday pollution is on an increase and we are looking forward to reducing the improper disposal of wastes in form of plastics. I speak on behalf of the youths that we want to involve ourselves in activisms but we lack opportunities, if maybe we could be given space, express our voice about nature, teenage pregnancies, vulnerable children mother earth wouldn't be crying

Nakisanze Lisa,22 yearsUganda
I dream of an elite society for the less privileged. One that is sustainable and eco-friendly. A city whose education system is individual focused. A curriculum that explores the problem solving skills of students, directing them towards real world issues. Its government would be a true representation of its demography in terms of age, race, gender, religion...No one would be afraid to be anything other than themselves. Healthcare, education and housing would be subsidised

Portia,25 years
How can technology and data be utilised to improve young people’s wellbeing?
What would it look like if we prioritised young people’s mental health in urban areas?

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

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