In 2015, the 3rd Asian Youth Forum (AYF3) will be held in celebration of the 2015 UN International Youth Day (12 August). The theme of International Youth Day 2015 is “Youth Civic Engagement.” UN encourages stakeholders to promote “civic engagement and participation of youth in politics and public life, so that young people can be empowered and bring a full contribution to society, development and peace.”
This year’s Asian Youth Forum 3 will call on stakeholders to harness the demographic dividend in Asia through youth participation and engagement in generating and up-scaling of solutions for youth employment through the theme, “Investing in Youth: Engagement, Education, Employment, and Entrepreneurship.” If successfully engaged in economic and development activities enabled by appropriate employment policies and investments in education, youth will substantially boost growth in developing economies and strengthen development effectiveness. Asia’s youth is an untapped valuable resource worth empowering and investing in to ensure the region’s inclusive sustainable development.
Key highlights of Asian Youth Forum 3 include:
- Opening session with three senior representatives from ADB, government, and UN to commemorate the UN International Youth Day 2015.
- Launch of the UN thematic working group on youth report, "Shaping our future: Asia-Pacific youth and the need to invest in them."
- Dialogues on youth engagement including a workshop to gather inputs for the ADB youth engagement guide, a knowledge document that aims to support increased engagement between ADB and youth-driven partners such as youth-led civil society organizations, ministries of youth, youth development pracititoners, and academe.
- Breakout session on four key areas of ADB youth initiative: citizenship and governance, health, education and employment, and environment
- Awarding of the Youth4ASIA, a solutions search which recognizes the most innovative youth-driven education and youth employment solutions in the region.
At the end of the workshop, participants will have:
- Increased understanding of youth issues, especially Asia's youth employment challenges;
- Knowledge on replication and up scaling of good practices, key achievements, and innovative solutions on youth engagement, education, employment, and entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific;
- Increased capacity to implement innovative solutions on the four key areas of ADB youth initiative: citizenship, health, education, and environment; and
- Strengthened engagement between ADB, youth-driven organizations, and development partners
200 youth leaders and development partners including civil society organizations
Senior officials from ADB, UN agencies, civil society organizations such as Plan International, ASSIST, AIESEC International and Youth for Sustainable Development Assembly
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