Asia-Pacific contains 60 per cent of the world’s youth population, or 750 million young persons aged 15 to 24 years. Today’s generation of youth is the largest in history, with the majority living in developing countries. Countries in the ESCAP region are in a prime position to harness the full potential of their youth populations to promote inclusive and sustainable development.



Young People and Substance Use: Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation

This guide contains training tools on developing and implementing substance use prevention, treatment and rehabilitation programmes for young people. It is intended for those who are in a position to help address substance use issues among young people as well as in meeting the needs of young people at risk of substance use and young substance users.The publication of this guide responds to the alarming increase in the spread of problematic substance use among young people in the ESCAP region.

Published Date: 2005


ESCAP and UN partners establish the first ever RCM/UNDG Asia-Pacific Thematic Working Group on Youth

ESCAP and UN partners establish the first ever RCM/UNDG Asia-Pacific Thematic Working Group on Youth

As Chair of the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM), ESCAP, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Asia-Pacific, jointly established in late 2012 the "RCM/UNDG Asia-Pacific Thematic Working Group on Youth.”

Guides and Toolkits

A Tool Kit for Building Capacity for Community-based Treatment and Continuing Care of Young Drug Users in the Greater Mekong Subregion

This tool kit was developed in response to requests by people working to build capacity for community-based treatment of young drug users in the Greater Mekong Subregion. It uses relevant examples from the subregion, accessible web-based resources and templates in order to enhance an understanding of the problems many young people face with regard to substance use and related risks. The tool kit aims to provide ‘how to do it’ guides for assessment of individual, group and family counselling interventions that can be applied in community or residential settings.