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.
On International Youth Day, 12 August 2014, awareness was raised about mental health issues and the way these affect youth. In Asia and the Pacific, where 60 per cent of the world’s youth population lives, deviation from what is “normal” mental health is often accompanied by stigma and discrimination. When this happens to young people it can be particularly damaging. Such a situation calls for greater attention to be directed to addressing the mental health concerns of young people, since they are a major resource for social development, economic growth and innovation, and thus a key to the future.
As the development agenda beyond 2015 is being given increasing priority, young people need to be more involved in social, economic and political spheres. Resolution 70/14 recognizes this as in the interest of rendering development more sustainable and inclusive. It also calls upon governments and other development partners to address challenges impeding youth development and accord higher priority to investing in youth.
The resolution is available at http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/E70_Res14E.pdf
Factsheet outlining background, issues and ESCAP's work related to youth in Asia and the Pacific.
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 18 December 2013.
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Published on: 17 January 2014
To commemorate the 2013 International Youth Day, the Asia-Pacific TWG-Youth worked to raise awareness on policies that provide opportunities for youth to build their capacity and contribute to development by producing of a montage of photos to form a video around youth and migration and development.