BA Geography student Elena Leggett attended the Habitat III, Latin American & Caribbean Regional Preparatory conference in Mexico as part of the Global Leadership Initiative in April this year. The GLI team which attended the summit were working with the UN Major Group for Youth and Children (UNMGYC) in putting together a Position Paper of the UNMGYC intended to give a voice and space for young people to be involved in the process of implementing a New Urban Agenda.
Through her work with the UNMGYC at the Habitat III Regional conference in Mexico, Elena has been invited to participate with the group at the European Development Days Conference in Brussels 15-16th June. Elena will be presenting at a workshop organised by the UNMGYC.
The European Development Days (EDD) Conference brings together the development community to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.In it’s tenth year, the 2016 EDD will focus on the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’
” I will be travelling to Brussels to participate in the European Development Days conference as a member of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth. Since returning from the UN Habitat Preparatory Meeting in Toluca in April, I have been working closely with the UN-MGCY, assessing the impact we had at in Toluca. I was invited to attend the EDD to deliver a presentation on the Habitat process as part of a workshop the UN-MGCY are hosting on urban crises and resilience. As well as participating in this workshop I will be attending the various sessions at the conference, where the development community come together to find innovative solutions to the worlds most crucial issues. During and after the conference I’ll be sharing my experiences of presenting at the conference and the other workshops I attend.” – Elena Leggett