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Youth Inter-agency cooperation

Agenda for Youth Debate on Youth and Rio plus 20, 8 August 2012.

Youth Inter-Agency cooperation

Given the growing importance of the issue of youth development in Asia and the Pacific region, the youth focal points regional representatives of United Nations regional and subregional entities and other relevant international and intergovernmental agencies have agreed to establish the Asia-Pacific Inter-agency Group on Youth to support the regional implementation of the World Programme of Action on Youth, Millennium Development Goals and international conventions and legal instruments impacting young people, through working with governments, development partners, other stakeholders and young
people themselves. 

Chaired by ESCAP, the functions of the Asia-Pacific Inter-agency Group on Youth include:

  • Advocacy: undertaking joint advocacy for implementing policies that provide opportunities to youth to build their capacity and contribute to development and protect them from negative social and environmental influences; and encouraging broad participation and commitment of participating sectors and other stakeholders in dialogues on development of young people.
  • Information sharing and networking: contributing to a better understanding and developing a common approach of the development of young people in the region by strengthening mechanisms of coordination and information sharing among concerned UN agencies, intergovernmental organizations, partners and stakeholders on programmes, projects, activities and ideas linked to development of young people in the Region.
  • Enhancing cooperation and coordination: (i) Identifying priority areas for cooperation at a regional level for supporting governments and stakeholders for implementation of the World Programme of Action on Youth and the implementation of international conventions and legal instruments impacting young people.
    (ii) Enhancing cooperation among members of the Group in order to promote synergies and minimize duplication in regional programmes and projects.
  • Dissemination of innovative/good practices and lessons: sharing good practices in areas of concern to the members of the Working Group and to governments in the Region in relation to development of young people, and promoting dissemination and creative replication of such innovative practices where appropriate and possible.