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, 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.
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.