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
As part of the National Training on Youth Volunteerism and Empowerment, 17-20 March 2015, Bangkok, organized by ESCAP and the Youth Civic Media Learning Centre, a group of 100 young people from Thailand produced various awareness-raising media products aimed at conserving water and protecting the environment.
At the South Asia Subregional Consultation on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace, 23-25 March 2015, Kathmandu, young people developed and, along with the Consultation organizers - ESCAP, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nepal and the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) – adopted the Kathmandu Call for Action.
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”. This youth-led campaign has mobilized young people to engage in service and volunteer activates that provide relief to those affected by the earthquake.
Young people from across Asia and the Pacific engaged in active discussions with policymakers and other stakeholders involved in promoting more effective HIV responses at the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV and AIDS, 28-30 January 2015, Bangkok.
A side event entitled “How old are you? Engaging young people to create an enabling legal environment for access to HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services” was held as part of the Intergovernmental Meeting.
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.