A total of 717 million young people aged 15 to 24 live in the Asia-Pacific region, comprising 60 per cent of the world’s youth. Many youth across the region have benefitted from its social and economic development. Youth unemployment remains the lowest among all regions of the world, at 11 per cent. Between 2000 and 2011, secondary and tertiary education enrolment rates increased from 51 to 64 and 14 to 26 per cent respectively.
ESCAP was invited to give a presentation on youth issues and policies in Asia and the Pacific at the opening of the “International Conference on Contemporary Economic Issues 2014: Stimulating Economic Growth, Improving Quality of Life and Enhancing Youth Involvement”, held on 11 and 12 December 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
ESCAP was invited to the “Global Peace Convention 2014, Roadmap for National Transformation”, held in Asuncion, Paraguay from 19 to 22 November 2014, to present the outcome of the “Asia-Pacific Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace” (held on 28 October 2014 at the UNCC).
ESCAP, in collaboration with UNESCO, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) and the Global Young Leaders Academy, adopted the Bangkok Statement and launched the Asia-Pacific Peace Service Alliance at the ‘Asia-Pacific Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace’, held on 28 October 2014 at the UNCC.
This ground-breaking Forum, which brought together over 700 participants from all over the globe – including youth policy practitioners from diverse sectors and governmental and a non-governmental experts, took place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 28 to 30 October 2014.
ESCAP, in collaboration with several developments partners, recognizes that youth voices matter. Hence a survey has been developed as part of the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, to be held in Bangkok from 24 to 28 November 2014. The survey aims to: