Youth delegates from all over Asia and the Pacific will gather in a month-long virtual platform for social dialogue that convenes governments, young leaders, and other stakeholders to discuss major and emerging issues related to youth economic empowerment (YEE) and the 'new normal’ impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, 12 August to 18 September 2020.

Organized jointly by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asian Development Bank Institute, ADB Youth for Asia, and Plan International, this year’s Asia Pacific Youth Symposium (APYS) will showcase a series of plenary sessions, panel discussions, and an online course spread over one month.


  1. Identify emerging opportunities where meaningful youth engagement (MYE) adds value to response and recovery given labor market constraints and challenges caused by the labor market;
  2. Build the knowledge and skills of young people and adult partners to engage in cross-generational social dialogues on youth economic empowerment, underpinned by the principles of meaningful youth engagement;
  3. Facilitate a cross-generational, multi-stakeholder virtual social dialogue among young people, intergovernmental organizations, CSOs, academic institutions, and industry actors to generate key insights on: (i) youth’s concerns, aspirations, and priorities to shape COVID-19 responses by governments and development institutions; and (ii) strengthen the practice of meaningful youth engagement in thematic youth economic empowerment spaces; and
  4. Collect and analyze knowledge on select youth economic empowerment topics to inform a knowledge product about the unique contributions of young people in building back better through response and recovery initiatives relevant to COVID-19.

Target participants

The Asia Pacific Youth Symposium (APYS) will convene key stakeholders working on initiatives that affect jobs and employment for young people in the region such as:

  • Young people engaged in employment and entrepreneurship initiatives and policy-making, young professionals with expertise on the topic and youth from different program areas related to youth employment and entrepreneurship; 
  • Government representatives from ministries, departments and local government units that work or have a stake in access to quality jobs and/or entrepreneurship and are interested to learn about youth insights and views on the ‘new normal’ in the labor market; 
  • Academia and think-tank researchers, policy writers, and thought leaders who are working on studies related to quality jobs, human capital development, and/or inclusivity related to young people; and 
  • Representatives from multilateral organizations, intergovernmental organizations, CSOs, and the private sector with programs that contribute to quality jobs, employment, and entrepreneurship. 

How to join

Register now for full participation to the Asia Pacific Youth Symposium. You can also register to the event sessions.

Virtual sessions will be held via Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Event organizers / partners

  • ADB
  • ADB Institute
  • ADB Youth for Asia
  • Plan International

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