Young people disproportionately bear the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. They face the risk of eviction and long-term inability to afford a decent place to live, disruptions in schooling and employment, and the rising occurrence of abuse and violence (International Labour Organization, 2020). Even then, the youth have defied expectations and came out stronger as volunteers and as champions of sustainable development. As the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum gathers sector players, it is critical that spaces are designed for the youth to harness their creativity and innovation to help reshape inclusive housing.
The 2021 Asia-Pacific Housing Forum Youth Congress will bring together young people who have led community projects that contribute to Habitat for Humanity’s mission. It will provide young leaders with a platform to showcase their projects to a regional audience, discuss what resources young people need to scale up their projects and impact, and prepare a youth statement on “building forward better for inclusive housing”. As in previous iterations, the third Youth Congress will raise the issue of decent, affordable housing through the eyes of the youth, their stake in the issue and the ways they contribute to the solutions.
Asia-Pacific Youth’s Declaration on Building Forward Better for Inclusive Housing


Engage youth to recognize and act on the importance of housing as a driver of inclusive economic growth, resilience and sustainability in human settlements.
Cultivate young leaders and their contributions to innovative housing initiatives through the sharing of best practices.
Facilitate the continued partnership between the youth sector and Habitat for Humanity.
Edmond Ho

Edmond Ho

Project Director 
M1 Group Limited
Kathryn De Vera

Kathryn De Vera

Professional Host and Public Relations Practitioner
Ogilvy Philippines


Welcome RemarksTaylor Kennard
Taylor Kennard
HYLB Regional Volunteer Corps
Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity New Zealand
Opening RemarksBlaire Ho
Blaire Ho
Programme Officer, CarbonCare InnoLab
Representative, UN Major Group for Children and Youth
PlenaryAna Malia Falemaka

Youth Ambassador, Talitha Project Tonga
Law Student, University of the South Pacific Tonga

Widhi Nugroho

Principal Architect and Founder, Studio WNA

Katsuhito Okubo

Board Member, Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs
Co-founder, Japan Next Generation Platform for Promoting SDGs
Breakout session
1. Build resilient cities and communities
Moderator: Vanessa Mbouw

Youth Ambassador, Habitat for Humanity Indonesia

Alankrita Sahai

Miss Earth India 2014
Youth Ambassador, Habitat for Humanity India
Breakout session
2. Innovative housing solutions and technologies
April Escasinas,

Co-Founder and COO, Design DiBa

Sharon Revalde Bering

Co-Founder and CEO, Design DiBa
Breakout session
3. Advance sustainability in the housing sector
Moderator: Edmond Ho
Edmond Ho

Erlyana “Nana” Anggita Sari

Technical Specialist, EDGE Program
International Finance Corporation
Breakout session
4. Finance affordable housing.
Moderator: Swithun F. Rumble
Swithin Rumble
Youth Project Designer, ADB Youth for Asia

Mazidatun Maftukhan

Regional Focal Point for East and Southeast Asia
Children & Youth Constituency for Sustainable Communities, UN Major Group for Children and Youth
Youth Conversation with Habitat’s Area Vice-President

Inspirational Remarks

Luis Noda
Luis Noda
Area Vice President, Asia-Pacific
Habitat for Humanity

Youth Declaration

Drafted virtually through a survey, the Youth Declaration is a statement crafted by young people on “Building forward better for inclusive housing.” It will be reviewed by youth participants at the Youth Congress on and will be presented at the main Asia-Pacific Housing Forum on December7-8. All Asia-Pacific youth are welcome to review the draft document until Nov. 30.

Exhibit and Microgrant Initiative

We believe that young people are uniquely placed to become agents of change within their communities based on their valuable insights, influence and credibility. The “Youth in the House!” exhibition and microgrant initiative supports youth-led organizations that advance housing and shelter solutions. Visit the Exhibition Platform on Nov. 30, 2021 to discover the finalists.

With the support of

Established in 2014 by the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY), the Children and Youth Constituency for Sustainable Communities (CYCSC) is an collective engagement platform focusing on the urban and territorial dimensions of sustainable development. CYCSC facilitates young peoples' meaningful participation in the follow-up and review of the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 11. Participation in these processes results respectively from Paragraphs 128 and 162 of the New Urban Agenda, and from CYCSC's affiliation with the Major Group for Children and Youth.
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