This year, the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub has advanced the Youth Empowerment agenda across Asia-Pacific with great success. We have held 10 Youth Co:Lab National Dialogues across the region, and initiated new partnerships for the development of stand-alone national incubation programmes. Through the 2030 Youth Force and Case4Space projects, UNDP has been maintaining a strong presence in the youth leadership and human rights spaces in the region. And through our Youth, Peace and Security work, we have been offering young people a platform for constructive discussions on peacebuilding.
Youth Co:Lab, the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Asia-Pacific youth entrepreneurship initiative, is positioning young people front and center in order to solve the region’s most pressing challenges. Led by UNDP, Citi Foundation, Baoshang Bank and a host of network partners such as TechStars and MaGIC, the initiative aims to instigate, catalyze and sustain youth innovation through supporting the region’s youth-led startups and social enterprises. Youth Co:Lab also works closely with the region’s governments and leading firms to look at how the entrepreneurship ecosystem can be reinforced to enable young people to lead new solutions that meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Co:Lab thereby deepens understanding of youth led solutions to the SDGs, and elevates the role of young people and youth social entrepreneurs as development partners alongside government, private sector and social movements.
Have a look at our multimedia newsletter to learn more about UNDP's work for youth empowerment in Asia-Pacific in 2017.