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Youth, culture and urbanism - WUF10 (8-13 February 2020, Abu Dhabi, UAE)
11 Feb 2020 -  Culture has the power to transform entire societies, strengthen communities and forge a sense of identity and belonging among people of all ages. 

Youth are often the generators of both commercial and non-commercial innovation, particularly in the cultural and creative industries. They are also best equipped to manage the digital revolution. Their potential should be tapped through inclusive development policies.  

A sense of inclusion, participation and belonging can be fostered in cities through the arts and culture. This requires active involvement of youth, working collaboratively with community-based organizations, city leaders, creative industries and activists. 

Challenges faced by young entrepreneurs in the arts and culture include inadequate funding, poor access to markets, and limited mobility. Financial support tailored to their requirements as well as appropriate training and capacity building initiatives are critical for them to realize their full potential.    

In a rapidly urbanizing world culture is an essential factor in building the creative and aggregating spaces within cities essential for the development of social innovative clusters and strengthening social cohesion.  


This session will explore the role of culture in promoting sustainable social and economic development and highlight how, as marketplaces for youthful artistic talent cities drive the cultural and creative economy. The session will also set priorities to be highlighted in the World Urban Forum Declaration and identify policy issues to be championed in the Decade of Action 2020-2030. Key areas of focus are:

Promoting the active participation of young artists in creating inclusive and sustainable cities.
Localizing SDGs with emphasis on Goals 8, 9 and 11.
Establishing a forum for young artists to exchange ideas, share their experiences and build collaborative networks. 

Guiding Questions:

1. What is the nature of youth culture and sub-cultures, and how are they defined?
2. How has youth culture shaped urban growth and local economic development in cities, and how can culture facilitate greater inclusion in cities?
3. What are the main challenges faced by cultural entrepreneurs in cities and how have city authorities created environments that encourage arts and culture and partnership with other cities?
4. What policies are needed to foster to investments in creative cultural industries?