4th Asia-Pacific Youth Exchange – Thailand
The fourth in a series of Asia-Pacific youth exchanges held in Thailand - and involving collaboration between ESCAP, UNDP, Urban Youth Academy and other partners - began on 8 January 2019 and continued until 18 January 2019. With close on 200 young people from across Asia and the Pacific, the theme was “Youth and Sustainable Development Goals in Thailand”. The event involved a day at the UNCC followed by capacity development activities and work in local Thai communities to support sustainable development initiatives. Subsequently, the youth returned to the UNCC, where they presented on what they had worked on in the communities.
The presentations were based on teams of youth developing social innovation project proposals with a focus on sustainability, inclusion and business viability, while engaging full support from community members. ESCAP participated as panel judges on the last day. The quality of proposals was very high, showing the commitment and potential of youth to sustainable development. Partners in UNDP were set to follow up with making the proposals actual “on the ground” projects.