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 participated in the Global Forum in the role of the Republic of Korea in Sustainable Development held in Seoul on 8 October 2015. The Forum, co-organized by the Asia-Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance (APPDSA), the Korea Council on Foreign Relations and UN Habitat, focussed on sharing knowledge and experiences with regard to preparation for the SDGs.
The International Youth Day 2015 was commemorated by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of ESCAP, with the release of an Op-Ed on the importance of investing more strategically in the region’s diverse youth population. Additionally, ESCAP produced a video to emphasize the continuing challenges which youth in Asia and the Pacific are facing.
By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
The energy, enthusiasm and expertise of Asia-Pacific youth are among our most valuable and productive regional assets. Tapping this potential, by empowering and harnessing the vitality of new ideas, talents and inspiration—is critical for sustainable growth and development.
ESCAP, in collaboration with the Government of Mongolia, the Mongolian Network of Volunteer Organizations, the Global Peace Foundation and the Global Young Leaders Academy, convened the North-East Asia Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 26 June 2015. The Forum focused on strengthening the contribution of youth engagement and volunteerism to enhance development and peace.
ESCAP was invited to make a keynote address on lessons learnt from engaging youth in the Asia-Pacific region at the 1st Global CoAct Conference on Social and Economic Policy, “The Power of Many”, held on 23 and 24 June 2015 in Canberra, Australia.