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Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under Secretary General of the UN & Executive Director of UN-Habitat speaks about the Young Artists Competition being organized by IAARA in London for the occasion of World Habitat Day

"Initiatives like this encourage young people to express their ideas in ways that help them discover and build up their talents. The inspiring art presented here is a fine example of how young people can be empowered and given a voice through artistic expression.
Our quest for adequate shelter for all, and smart, sustainable urban development is wonderfully reflected here in the Young Artists Competition held to mark World Habitat Day 2009 in Iran. It gives us a fresh eye on architecture, settlements and urban identity in the Persian Gulf Region – the main theme of the competition.
This work also reflects human settlements and climate change, water and settlements, habitats and ecosystems, and human rights – just to name a few that stand out. Further, we cannot forget to mention the cultural component of the art in context.
In some of the artwork here we see culture tied into the nature of the settlements and architecture of the region. It is important for communities to visualize these interrelated elements of settlement development through the medium of art, in order to encourage the evolution of ideas related to the topics, especially as far as youth are concerned.
This is particularly significant in a part of the world with some of the oldest cities and ancient civilizations."

Mrs. Anna Tibauija, Under Secretary General of UN & Executive Director of UN-Habitat
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