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Nairobi, 6 Nov 13

Raphael Obonyo, UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board Member speaking at the TEDX Nairobi conference

Nairobi, 6 November 2013: UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board Member, Raphael Obonyo, has highlighted how youth are becoming increasingly engaged in creating green economies while speaking at the TEDX Nairobi talks as part of the Global South-South Development Expo "Building Inclusive Green Economies".

Speaking on behalf of UN-Habitat, MrObonyoshared the story of young slum-dwellers who crossed the economic and social fault lines of life in city slums towards a fuller, more empowered life.

"Youth have what it takes to transform their lives and their cities, they should not be left behind… Poverty can make you hopeless, but poverty can also help you develop determination to conquer obstacles", stressed Obonyo.

Obonyoalso spoke at the Youth Partnership Forum which focused on elaborating a manifesto and roadmap for replicating and scaling-up youth solutions towards green economies.

During the Forum, Obonyo outlined the activities UN-Habitat has developed to empower youth in the different spheres of society. He cited programmes such as the Urban Youth Fund and the One stop Youth Resource Centres as ways in which youth can be engaged in positive actions towards sustainable development and urbanization. Obonyo also highlighted the UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board as a successful means to concretely engage young people and discussed with the youth present on how each at his/her own level can be an agent of change.

"It is important to include young people in development policies and to provide youth with the means and channels to express their concerns so that they can participate in society’s development", he said.

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