|Contributions of Youth to the Implementation of the Habitat Agenda (HABITAT, 1999, 137 p.)|
|PART I: OVERVIEW OF NATIONAL REPORTS AND LESSONS LEARNT|
Youth for Habitat International Network will consider the recommendations and priorities specified in the national reports to improve the scope and the impact of work carried out since 1995 when the network became operational. The continuance of the process of preparing periodical national reports is necessary for YFHIN to monitor and assess youth contributions in the implementation of the Habitat Agenda.
Cleansing the District of Guinaw-Rail in the town of Pikine in Senegal
Deeply disturbed by the spreading out of liquid and solid waste, this urban area located in the region of Dakar is specially characterized by an overwhelming lack of a cleansing system. In this respect, the association MANKOO involved itself in the traditional methods of cleansing. Voluntary youth groups equipped with old and traditional materials have succeeded to build up a system of liquid and solid waste management based on waste water drainage, waste filtering and purifying, and supplying families with waste bins. With the support of local authorities, they have created water pipes along the roads for waste water and ravine drainage.
As foreseen in the Plan of Action for Youth launched during the 17th session of the Commission on Human Settlements, YFHIN is planning to organize a dialogue between youth organizations, members of the network and those who have been involved in the report preparations process. The dialogue will aim at formulating strategies at different levels through comparisons of national reports and through sharing of experiences for the Istanbul+5 process and beyond.
It is noted that youth in these countries - in four different regions of the world - have many similarities as regards to their situation and common problems related to their contributions to the implementation of the Habitat Agenda. Bearing in mind that common problems need common approaches, this initiative of preparing national reports has emphasized the necessity of international cooperation and activism.