The Himalayan Times, 11 December 2014 - SAARC Secretary General Arjun Bahadur Thapa today said the recently concluded SAARC Summit in Kathmandu has opened new avenues for upgrading SAARC Observers to the status of Dialogue Partners.
CSR Asia, 10 December 2014 - After being isolated for more than half of the century, Myanmar is taking steps to position itself in the international market. In 2007, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders adopted the ASEAN Economic Blueprint to serve as a coherent master plan guiding the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015. As a member of ASEAN, Myanmar has a mandate to implement a number of policy reforms, as agreed to in the AEC Blueprint. In 2014, Myanmar became the rotating chair of ASEAN for the first time since joining ASEAN 17 years ago, to lead the transformation of its 10 member countries (i.e. Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) into a single production base with free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour, for which Myanmar aims to link economic reform to societal progress. In addition, the launch of Yangon Stock Exchange (YSE), which will replace the Myanmar Securities Exchange Centre (MSEC) in October 2015, will further drive greater foreign investment in the country.
India Today, 8 December 2014 - Vivek Trivedi is a social development officer in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. Last month, he represented India at UNESCO's twin conferences on education for sustainable development in Japan.
Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) held an international seminar under the theme of ‘Enhancing the link between skills development and youth employment policies’ on June 12, 2014 to discuss ways of tackling the issue of youth unemployment. The seminar brought together vocational education and training experts from Germany, Norway, Australia, Switzerland and China, who presented cases and experiences in linking skills development and employment policies in their respective countries. Also, experts from UNESCO-UNEVOC, ILO and Cedefop joined Korean experts in panel discussion to explore ways of resolving youth employment issue from international and comparative perspectives. This compilation of papers and the accompanying presentations were written by experts who participated in the seminar.
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) has published a collection of testimonies from young people participating in community education and development programmes either as learners and facilitators. The testimonies provide excellent illustration of how youth-focused education and development programmes in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Timor-Leste have contributed to literacy and youth empowerment. The case studies presented quality and accessible education beyond primary school; skills training that prepares young people for dignified employment (India and Timor-Leste); education that expands horizons and creates an awareness of the power to shape one’s own future.
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), in its role as permanent co-chair of the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development, was requested to take the lead in developing and overseeing the implementation of the Youth-SWAP. This report herein provides an update of that process and of the implementation of the Youth-SWAP during its first year at national, regional, and international levels. The Youth-SWAP identifies five thematic areas in which to advance cooperation and collaboration: employment and entrepreneurship; protection of rights and civic engagement; political inclusion; education, including comprehensive sexuality education; and health. Each of these five thematic areas leverages the potential of the work of the United Nations in other related areas of youth development, such as sustainable development, climate change, culture, peacebuilding and gender equality.
Click here to become a member of the Asia-Pacific Youth Employment Network and stay up to date with the latest youth employment developments in our region and beyond. Once a member, you can connect instantly with over 800 youth employment practitioners and share your organization's news, events and resources with the network.