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Associate, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne

Joyati Das is a senior international development professional, thought leader and advocate on human rights with specialisation in child rights and urban poverty issues, leveraging her post graduate studies and 20 years of experience, which include humanitarian response and multi-regional program design and implementation, to strengthen urban practice, development theory and research, strategy and policy. Joyati Das has led and designed multi-country urban action research and learning initiatives that are contributing to urban solutions documented in World Vision International’s flagship report “Making Sense of the City: Developing Evidence through Action Research and learning”.

Joyati is an advocate and a recognised credible voice globally promoting child well-being and sustainable cities for future generations. She has knowledge and experience in the substantive matters and issues covered in the 2030 Agenda – SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. Since 2015, Joyati served as an elected Co-Chair of the Children and Youth Constituent Group, General Assembly of Partners (GAP) towards Habitat III, a major civil society platform for broad stakeholder engagement to strengthen the New Urban Agenda. Watch her call for action on World Vision's statement to the UN General Assembly of Member States at Habitat III, (October 2016)

As Elected Standing Committee Member of World Urban Campaign, UN-Habitat since 2016, she designed and hosted three Urban Thinkers Campuses proposing solutions for healthy, safe and resilient cities for children. She is on the advisory board of the UN Global Compact Cities Institute promoting city partnerships.

Joyati is committed to defending human rights and progressing the rights of the marginalised groups such as children and youth, older people, women and indigenous groups, contributing to transformative research, and advocating for effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda.


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    Associate, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne