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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) initiated a project on capacity-building in HRD policy- making for youth in Asia and the Pacific in collaboration with Queen\u2019s University, Canada, in August 1999. The project aimed to strengthen the capacity of governments to formulate and implement, in coordination with the non-governmental organization (NGO) and private sectors, national youth policies and programmes that address the human resources develop- ment (HRD) needs of young people in Asia and the Pacific.
In focusing on the needs of youth in the region, the project supports the belief of ESCAP that there are three key issues in providing a voice for youth in society: access and benefit, ability to influence and equity. These three issues are ultimately the pillars of youth participation \u2013 to ensure the rights of all youth to have access to opportunities and to play an active role in all spheres of society. This includes all youth, girls and boys, young men and women, rural and urban youth, youth with special needs and marginalized youth. The project recognizes the critical need for youth concerns and issues to be understood and addressed. The best way to do so is to give youth a voice through facilitation of their active participation.
The project included three components: (1) advisory services to the govern- ments of Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam in the establish- ment or strengthening of national youth coordinating mechanisms for youth policy formulation and implementation; (2) analysis of the youth situation, policies and programmes in the four participating countries and drafting of policy alternatives; and (3) national youth policy dialogues among govern- ments, NGOs and the private sector.
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