Growing Up in an Urbanising World

Earthscan, 2002 - 254 páginas
More than half of all children in industrialised countries live in urban areas, and the same will be true in the developing world in the near future. Yet, by almost all indicators, cities are failing to meet the needs of young people, prejudicing their chances as adults. This book summarizes the results of "Growing up in Cities", an eight-country UNESCO Project (MOST Programme), including Australia, Argentina, India, Norway, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom and USA. The programme explores young people's relationship with neighborhoods in the industrialized and developing worlds, giving a new emphasis on their active participation in the planning, design and implementation of urban improvements. The book includes case studies and recommends policies and practices that will make cities more responsive to the needs of children, adolescents and their families. It is written by an interdisciplinary team of child-environment experts from the fields of urban planning, architecture, geography, anthropology, psychology and environmental education. Growing up in an Urbanising World is a companion volume both to Creating Better Cities with Children and Youth, Creating Better Cities with Children and Youth (in Arabic) and the video Children of Thula Mntwana (NTSC), Children of Thula Mntwana (PAL) (available on this site), all resulting from the programme 'Growing Up in Cities'

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by Louise Chawla
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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 1946 UNESCO was created in 1946 to promote world peace by focusing on the areas of culture and communication, education, natural sciences, and social and human sciences. This is an agency of the United Nations and works closely with them and other intergovernmental organizations. They focus their activities towards three groups: women, African countries, and underdeveloped countries. Their programs include achieving education for everyone, establishing peace through education, promoting a free flow of information between countries, protecting natural and cultural heritage, and supporting the expression of cultural identities. UNESCO has representatives from 181 member states that are the decision making body of the General Conference. The Executive Board has representatives from 51 member states and meets twice and year. In between the sessions of the Executive Board, the General Conference supervises the execution of their 2-year programs. The programs are executed the Secretariat, which is headed by the Director General. The Director General is appointed for a six-year term.

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