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Every day, leaders around the world make decisions about the future of our planet. These decisions affect young people, but often they are not included in politics, peace processes and other important discussions. 

More than 1.1 billion young people aged 15 to 29
live in the Asia- Pacific region, constituting more than 25% of the population.

Did you know that the Asia-Pacific region improved across all domains in the latest Youth Development Index, except on
Youth Political Participation?

Yet, only 1.84% of parliamentarians are under 30 years old in Asia-Pacific

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Despite being often exposed to impacts of violent conflicts, disasters, poverty and inequalities, many young people are contributing to building peace in their communities. 

 

Yet, the importance of Youth Participation in Peace and Security is often overlooked. 

Moreover, young men and women are mostly considered only as “victims” or “perpetrators” in a conflict. 

Youth political participation is not just complementary

but essential to build and sustain peace at all levels.

Despite being often exposed to impacts of violent conflicts, disasters, poverty and inequalities, many young people are contributing to building peace in their communities. 

Yet, the importance of Youth Participation on Peace and Security is often overlooked.
Instead, young men and women are considered “victims” or “perpetrators” in a conflict.

Blue Gradient

In the Asia-Pacific region, UNDP’s work on Youth in Governance and Peacebuilding aims to enable young people’s civic engagement and meaningful participation in decision making, political processes and governance structures for peaceful and inclusive societies.  

We aim to boost young people’s interest, capacity, engagement and active participation in politics, peacebuilding and democratic institutions that affect their daily lives, both now and in the future. 

Making sure that no one is left behind, our efforts include the active engagement of young women, those from low-income backgrounds, migrant and displaced youth, Indigenous youth, LGBTI+ youth, and young people with disabilities to shape a future of inclusive governance and foster a society where every voice is heard and valued.

Our Work

Every day, leaders around the world make decisions about the future of our planet. These decisions affect young people, but often they are not included in politics, peace processes and other important discussions. 

Blurry Blue

Our Work

In Asia-Pacific region, UNDP’s work on Youth in Governance and Peacebuilding aims to enable young people’s civic engagement and meaningful participation in decision making, political processes and governance structures for peaceful and inclusive societies.  

We aim to boost young people’s interest, capacity, engagement and active participationin politics, peacebuilding and democratic institutions that affect their daily lives, both now and in the future. 

Making sure that no one is left behind, our efforts include the active engagement of young women, those from low-income backgrounds, migrant and displaced youth, Indigenous youth, LGBTQI+ youth, and young people with disabilities to shape a future of inclusive governance and fostering a society where every voice is heard and valued.

Objectives

Supporting national and sub-national governments in engaging youth meaningfully in decision-making and policy development, including the implementation of the youth, peace, and security framework 

Creating and expanding safe spaces for youth participation and engagement in public policy and peacebuilding processes 

Building the capacity of youth to meaningfully participate in civic engagement, peacebuilding, decision-making and other political processes

Our Focus

Keeping Meaningful Youth Engagement as a cornerstone, UNDP’s work on

Youth in Governance and Peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific region focuses on the areas of

Youth Political Participation, Youth, Peace and Security, and Climate Governance. 

Objectives

Objectives

Building capacity of youth to meaningfully participate in civic engagement, peacebuilding, decision-making and other political processes   

Supporting national and sub-national governments to engage youth in meaningful ways in decision making and policy development, including to implement youth, peace and security framework 

Creating and expand safe spaces for youth participation and engagement in the public policy and peacebuilding processes 

Our Focus

Youth Peace and Security

Meaningful Youth Engagement 

Climate Governance 

Power Up, Asia Pacific: Leveraging the Potential of Youth Political Participation

Power Up, Asia Pacific: Leveraging the Potential of Youth Political Participation

Stories

YPP

Power Up, Asia Pacific: Leveraging the Potential of Youth Political Participation

YPS

ASEAN-IPR-UN Workshop on advancing Youth, Peace and Security

Advancing Youth, Peace, and Security in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Stocktake and Review

Youth anti-corruption movement embraced in the Cook Islands

Enhancing capacity for youth friendly local governance

Resources

Youth, Peace and Security: Fostering Youth-Inclusive Political Processes

Youth, Peace and Security: Fostering Youth-Inclusive Political Processes

Fast Facts: Youth Political Participation (YPP) in Asia and the Pacific

Fast Facts: Youth Political Participation (YPP) in Asia and the Pacific

An Assessment and Review of Youth Political Participation Programmes in Asia and the Pacific

An Assessment and Review of Youth Political Participation Programmes in Asia and the Pacific

Fast Facts: Youth Peace and Security (YPS) in Asia and the Pacific

Fast Facts: Youth Peace and Security (YPS) in Asia and the Pacific

A Stocktake and Review of Youth, Peace and Security Programming in Asia and the Pacific

A Stocktake and Review of Youth, Peace and Security Programming in Asia and the Pacific

Resources

Fast Facts Youth Political Participation in Asia Pacific

More than 1.1 billion young people aged 15 to 29 live in the Asia- Pacific region, constituting more than 25 per cent of the population.

A stocktake and review of  youth, peace and security (YPS)  programming in the Asia-Pacific
 

This mapping provides a total of 157 programmes and initiatives by UNDP in Asia and the Pacific, which has Youth Political Participation (YPP) elements integrated or mainstreamed in them and implemented in the region primarily from 2017 to 2023.  

YPP Mapping Report Analysis and Recommendations 

The analysis and findings from this mapping are presented in this report. The insights derived from this mapping aim to guide the strategic vision and advocacy of the UNDP in advancing Youth Political Participation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Youth, Peace and Security: Fostering Youth-Inclusive Political Processes

Published by UNDP, this Guide aims to serve as a comprehensive resource for practitioners and experts devoted to advancing the Youth, Peace and Security agenda, with an emphasis on young people’s participation. 

FAST FACTS Youth Peace and Security in Asia Pacific

While the Youth, Peace, and Security agenda globally represents a significant and well-established thematic agenda, the Asia-Pacific region lacks progress towards implementing the agenda, even eight years after resolution 2250. 

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