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Asia-Pacific Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace

ESCAP News, 27 October 2014 - United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, has stated: “Let us acknowledge and celebrate what youth can do to build a safer, more just world,” and asked everyone to “strengthen …efforts to include young people in policies, programmes and decision-making processes that benefit their futures and ours.”

With this in mind, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), UNESCO, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) and the Global Young Leaders Academy (GYLA) will convene the Asia-Pacific Conference on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace on 28 October 2014 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. The Forum, with representatives of government agencies dealing with youth issues, civil society, development partners and the private sector, is expected to engage over 250 participants in lively debates and discussions.

The Forum aims to enhance knowledge and strategies with regard to youth participation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda; form cross-regional and cross-cultural youth service networks in the region; and recommend means of enhancing partnerships in the following sectors: health, environment, disaster response, peace and development, entrepreneurship and education.

The Forum will be the birth place of the Asia-Pacific Peace Service Alliance, which will put forward a campaign to engage the community of youth in the region to take decisive action through partnerships that harness their full potential to promote sustainable development and peace.

What: Asia-Pacific Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace

Who:

  • Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Mr. Surin Pitsuwan, former

Source: http://www.unescap.org/news/asia-pacific-forum-youth-volunteerism-promote-participation-development-and-peace

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