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.


Youth in Nepal as part of APPDSA respond to disaster

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


International Youth Day 2015

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.


Youth Op-Ed by by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary, ESCAP

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.


North-East Asia youth promote participation, development and peace

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. 


Youth Development promoted at the 1st Global CoAct Conference on Social and Economic Policy, “The Power of Many”

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.