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.
Following the massive earthquake that hit Nepal in late April 2015, members of the Asia-Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance (APPDSA), began the campaign “Rise Nepal”. More
ESCAP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nepal, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) and the Global Young Leaders Academy (GYLA) convened the “South Asia Subregional Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace” on 23 and 24 April 2016, in Lalitpur, Nepal. The Forum, where 200 - mainly youth - participants from 13 countries were present, involved interactive discussions around issues pertaining to three clusters, namely environmental service, disaster management, and peace and harmony.
The above-mentioned meeting was jointly convening by UNDP, UNV and ESCAP, in the UNCC on 11 and 12 January 2016. This brought together 30 experts on youth mainly from UNDP and UNV offices in countries across Asia and the Pacific. Discussions took place on the status of youth in the Asian and Pacific region and what interventions were needed to address challenges and build on opportunities in the context of the SDGs.
The Regional Coordination Mechanism - United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific Thematic Working Group on Youth, co-chaired by ESCAP and ILO, has produced this report for three main reasons: First and foremost to raise awareness of the importance of youth-related, evidence-based and strategic participatory policymaking, planning and programming. Second, to highlight the current status, challenges and opportunities for the youth of Asia and the Pacific.
Factsheet outlining background, issues and ESCAP's work related to youth in Asia and the Pacific.
ESCAP participated in the 3rd Global Youth Meet 2015, held in Visakapatnam, India from in 29 November to 2 December 2015. The meeting brought together over 200 young people, policymakers, academics and representatives from private sector and international organizations from 30 countries, to discuss youth engagement in relation to SDG implementation.