“RISE NEPAL” THROUGH YOUTH ACTION IN DISASTER’S AFTERMATH

Global Peace Foundation Joins and Asia-Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance to Coordinate Youth Volunteer Efforts in Aftermath of Nepal Earthquake

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck central Nepal on April 25 caused catastrophic damage in the towns and villages near the quake’s epicenter, as well as widespread destruction in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital.

In addition to more than 6,200 casualties—a number that continues to rise—some 130,000 homes have been destroyed and tens of thousands have been displaced. Even as aid and rescue efforts expand, slowly reaching remote villages in the mountain regions closer to the epicenter, progress has been impeded due to broken infrastructure and inclement weather.

As many residents are lining up to leave Kathmandu for fear of aftershocks and disease, local youth are stepping up to volunteer with relief efforts in the city.

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The Global Peace Foundation is joining forces with members of the AsiaPacific Peace and Development Service Alliance (APPDSA) to train and deploy these young Nepali responders. The Global Peace Foundation and APPDSA invited New Zealand Student Volunteer Corps founder Sam Johnson, who is credited for training and mobilizing thousands of student volunteers after major earthquakes hit his hometown of Christchurch in 2010 and 2011, to train, coordinate and dispatch the young volunteers.

Johnson together with Global Peace Youth and other Alliance partners are working with local staff to train youth in areas such as aid distribution, resource coordination,  volunteer support, IT and social media outreach. The GPF Nepal office, which remains standing, has become the central coordinating and training headquarters for volunteers, who are being deployed from seven stations in Kathmandu and surrounding areas. The youth volunteer recruitment and training efforts has been dubbed “Rise Nepal.”    

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Discussions for long-term plans to assist critical recovery and rebuilding needs are also underway. The emergency volunteer mobilization is part of a long-term strategic development plan supported by the Global Peace Foundation, Nepal’s Ministry of Youth and Sports, the AsiaPacific Peace and Development Service Alliance, and the Alliance’s many international, regional and national public and private partners and youth networks.

The goal of the joint development plan is to empower youth in Nepal’s recovery and tackle long-term systemic impediments to opportunity and social cohesion among youth.  It will also engage young volunteers in initiatives for peace and shared prosperity, furthering the aims of Nepal’s Youth Vision 2025 on the basis of universally shared principles and values, which was announced at the recent Asia-Pacific youth volunteering forum.

Every Little Bit Put Together Can #RiseNepal

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On May 2, little seven-year-old Aarush arrived at the Global Peace Foundation Nepal office in Kathmandu and donated 390 NRs, everything from his piggy bank, to the “Rise Nepal” relief efforts.

Aarush’s contribution is but a snapshot of the many heroes rising up from the dust in the aftermath of the 7.8 Richter scale earthquake that shook the heart of the nation.

#RiseNepal is a youth led volunteer effort supported by the Global Peace Foundation and other members of the AsiaPacific Peace and Development Service Alliance(APPDSA), mobilizing volunteers committing their time, expertise and energy to rebuild Nepal, brighter and stronger. 

Even as residents are evacuating Nepal’s capital, volunteers are showing up every day to join #RiseNepal. May 4 marks the sixth day of the campaign. Heroic local Nepali are providing much needed manpower, services and inspiration to local communities and grass roots and international organizations such as the Rotract Club, Red Cross, police, municipalities, community leaders, and non-profits, who are on the ground providing relief and recovery. So far, more than 200 volunteers have pitched in.

Sam Johnson, co-chair of the disaster track of the Asia Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance and founder of the Volunteer Army in New Zealand trained the first wave of volunteers, telling them, “Be prepared to deliver any service, anywhere to the earthquake victims.”

And volunteers have done just that. From cleaning rubble to distributing and delivering food and medical supplies, building tents and promoting cleanliness in the makeshift settlements for displaced people, and bringing solar lanterns to remote households who have been without electricity, volunteers have extended their services far and wide. A medical team led by a member of the Asia Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance brought a team of medical professionals to Barahi Temple in Bhaktapur. More recently a team of engineering students and professionals has been assembled to assess the integrity of the buildings in Kathmandu. Teams have been dispatched to Tudikhel, Bhaktapur, Barhabise, Sindhupalchowk,  Gotikhel, Nuwakot, Sankhu, Gongabu and as far out as Gorkha.

Little Aarush’s piggy bank donation, the time and love of the growing number of #RiseNepal volunteers, the outpouring of concern and help from every corner of the world, every little bit put together can move the mountain of rubble and help #RiseNepal. 

To contribute to #RiseNepal:

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  Twitter@RaiseNepal

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  Email: risenepal72@gmail.com

ESCAP Social and Economic Commission for Asia

UN promotes youth volunteerism development and peace at Asia-Pacific forum.

 

More than 80 million young people of working age in the Asia-Pacific region are unemployed and in several countries youth are as much as seven times more likely to be unemployed than adults. Lacking sufficient economic and social opportunities, many of them are forced into high-risk and vulnerable forms of employment, while others have given up on the job search altogether.

Recognizing these challenges, the United Nations brought 300 participants from all sectors of society and from over 40 nations together for a forum in Bangkok this week to enhance knowledge and strategies with regard to youth participation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and to form cross-regional and cross-cultural youth service networks in the region.

The ‘Asia-Pacific Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace’ was organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with UNESCO, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) and the Global Young Leaders Academy.

Among the participants were representatives of government agencies dealing with youth issues, civil society, development partners and the private sector, who engaged in lively debates and discussions on enhancing partnerships in the sectors of environment, health, disaster response, peace and development, entrepreneurship and education.

Following these discussions, participants established the Asia-Pacific Peace Service Alliance, a group of partnerships made up of young people across the region committed to serving their communities through volunteerism.

The Forum also recommended multi-stakeholder public-private partnerships in the Alliance, as well as joint actions by partnering youth agencies of ASEAN, the Peace Corps, the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), FK Norway and those from Australia Singapore and other countries.

“Today we celebrate young people, while reaffirming our commitment to a better future for them and our future generations,” said Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar during her opening remarks.

“Without youth playing an active role in the development process, we cannot progress or build the future we want,” said Dr. Akhtar. “Tapping youth potential is critical to shape our shared destiny, as they are a source of new ideas, talent and inspiration. Harnessing youth energy, enthusiasm and expertise is vital for global and regional productivity and prosperity. For ESCAP and the United Nations, a dynamic youth agenda is vital to ensure the success of post-2015 sustainable development.”

In his keynote address, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, former ASEAN Secretary-General added: “We are pleased to launch the Asia-Pacific Peace Service Alliance of multilateral partners that will put youth at the forefront of development and peace. Let us commit our youth to a useful cause for humanity.”

Mr. Ingill Ra, partnerships coordinator for GPF, also stated that the Alliance, will “engage the community of youth in the region to take decisive action through partnerships that harness their full potential to promote sustainable development and peace.”

A post-forum report will be prepared by ESCAP and the co-conveners to summarize best practices, key findings, outcomes and recommendations to guide the further development of youth volunteerism across the region.

80 Million Youths Remain Unemployed in the Asia Pacific Region

More than 80 million young people in the Asia­Pacific region, which encompasses Bangladesh also, are unemployed, according to a latest finding by a UN agency that moved for remedial measures.

In several countries, it noted, the youths are as much as seven times more likely to be unemployed than adults.

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) found out frustrating consequences of such high incidence of joblessness for society and the next phase of universal development agenda.

“Lacking sufficient economic and social opportunities, many of them are forced into high­risk and vulnerable forms of employment, while others have given up on the job search altogether,” it is stated in the ESCAP survey report placed at a meet in Bangkok.

Recognising these challenges, the United Nations brought 300 participants from all sectors of society and from over 40 nations together for the forum in Bangkok this week.

The function was aimed at enhancing knowledge and strategies with regard to youth participation in the Post­ 2015 Development Agenda, and forming cross­regional and cross­cultural youth service networks in the region.

Titled ‘Asia­Pacific Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace’, the meet was organized by the ESCAP in collaboration with UNESCO, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) and the Global Young Leaders Academy.

Among the participants were representatives of government agencies dealing with youth issues, civil society, development partners and the private sector.

They engaged in lively debates and discussions on enhancing partnerships in the sectors of environment, health, disaster response, peace and development, entrepreneurship and education.

Following these discussions, participants established Asia­Pacific Peace Service Alliance, a group of partnerships made up of young people from across the region committed to serving their communities through volunteerism.

The Forum also recommended multi­stakeholder public­private partnerships in the Alliance, as well as joint actions by partnering youth agencies of ASEAN, the Peace Corps, the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), FK Norway and those from Australia, Singapore and other countries.

“Today we celebrate young people, while reaffirming our commitment to a better future for them and our future generations,” said Under­Secretary­General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar during her opening remarks.

“Without youth playing an active role in the development process, we cannot progress or build the future we want,” said Dr. Akhtar.

She told the meet that tapping youth potential is critical to shaping a shared destiny, as they are a source of new ideas, talent and inspiration.

“Harnessing youth energy, enthusiasm and expertise is vital for global and regional productivity and prosperity. For ESCAP and the United Nations, a dynamic youth agenda is vital to ensure the success of post­2015 sustainable development,” she said.

In his keynote address, former ASEAN Secretary­General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan said, “We are pleased to launch the Asia­Pacific Peace Service Alliance of multilateral partners that will put youth at the forefront of development and peace. Let us commit our youth to a useful cause for humanity.”

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Mr. Ingill Ra, partnerships coordinator for GPF, also stated that the Alliance will “engage the community of youth in the region to take decisive action through partnerships that harness their full potential to promote sustainable development and peace.”

A post­forum report will be prepared by the ESCAP and the co­conveners to summarise best practices, key findings, outcomes and recommendations to guide the further development of youth volunteerism across the region.

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UN Promotes Youth Volunteerism Development

Over 300 participants from all sectors of society and from over 40 nations in Asia Pacific gather this week for a forum in Bangkok, designed to ease the unemployment among the youth.

Organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the “Asia-Pacific Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace” also aims to form cross-regional and cross-cultural youth service networks in the region.

According to the UN, more than 80 million young people of working age in the Asia-Pacific region are unemployed and in several countries youth are as much as seven times more likely to be unemployed than adults. Lacking sufficient economic and social opportunities, many of them are forced into high-risk and vulnerable forms of employment, while others have given up on the job search altogether.

Among the participants were representatives of government agencies dealing with youth issues, civil society, development partners and the private sector, who engaged in debates and discussions on enhancing partnerships in the sectors of environment, health, disaster response, peace and development, entrepreneurship and education.

Following these discussions, participants established the Asia-Pacific Peace Service Alliance, a group of partnerships made up of young people across the region committed to serving their communities through volunteerism.

The forum also recommended multi-stakeholder public-private partnerships in the Alliance, as well as joint actions by partnering youth agencies of Asean, the Peace Corps, the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), FK Norway and those from Australia Singapore and other countries.

“Today we celebrate young people, while reaffirming our commitment to a better future for them and our future generations,” said Under-secretary general and Executive Secretary of Escap Dr. Shamshad Akhtar during her opening remarks.

“Without youth playing an active role in the development process, we cannot progress or build the future we want,” said Dr. Akhtar. “Tapping youth potential is critical to shape our shared destiny, as they are a source of new ideas, talent and inspiration. Harnessing youth energy, enthusiasm and expertise is vital for global and regional productivity and prosperity. For Escap and the United Nations, a dynamic youth agenda is vital to ensure the success of post-2015 sustainable development.”

Fostering Youth Volunteerism to Counter Unemployment

UN promotes youth volunteerism development and peace at Asia-Pacific forum. Photo: UN ESCAP

29 October 2014 – The United Nations has helped set up a youth alliance committed to serving their communities through volunteerism in the Asia-Pacific region, where more than 80 million young people of working age are unemployed, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said today.

“Today we celebrate young people, while reaffirming our commitment to a better future for them and our future generations,” said the Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Shamshad Akhtar.

“Without youth playing an active role in the development process, we cannot progress or build the future we want,” Ms. Akhtar said. “Tapping youth potential is critical to shape our shared destiny, as they are a source of new ideas, talent and inspiration.

“A dynamic youth agenda is vital to ensure the success of post-2015 sustainable development,” she said.

According to ESCAP, 80 million young people of working age in the region are unemployed and in several countries youth are as much as seven times more likely to be unemployed than adults.

“Lacking sufficient economic and social opportunities, many of them are forced into high-risk and vulnerable forms of employment, while others have given up on the job search altogether,” ESCAP said in a press release issued today.

Recognizing these challenges, the United Nations brought 300 participants from all sectors of society and from over 40 nations together for a forum in Bangkok, Thailand, this week to enhance knowledge and strategies with regard to youth participation in the post-2015 development agenda, and to form cross-regional and cross-cultural youth service networks in the region.

Following these discussions, participants established the Asia-Pacific Peace Service Alliance, a group of partnerships made up of young people across the region committed to serving their communities through volunteerism.

Among the participants at the Bangkok Forum were representatives of Government agencies dealing with youth issues, civil society, development partners and the private sector, who engaged in lively debates and discussions on enhancing partnerships in the sectors of environment, health, disaster response, peace and development, entrepreneurship and education.

A post-forum report will be prepared and the co-conveners to summarize best practices, key findings, outcomes and recommendations to guide the further development of youth volunteerism across the region, ESCAP said.

ESCAP is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. Made up of 53 Member States and nine Associate Members, the region is home to 4.1 billion people, or two thirds of the world’s population. This makes ESCAP the most comprehensive of the five regional UN commissions.

UN PROMOTES YOUTH VOLUNTEERISM

UN PROMOTES YOUTH VOLUNTEERISM DEVELOPMENT

AND PEACE AT ASIA-PACIFIC FORUM

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) office issued the following press report for the significant forum on youth volunteerism held on October 28 in Bangkok, Thailand at the UN Conference Center.


The largest youth gathering at the United Nations Conference
Center in Bangkok, Thailand, the “Asia‐Pacific Forum
on Youth Volunteerism”  gathered around 300 people.

Bangkok (ESCAP News) — More than 80 million young people of working age in the Asia-Pacific region are unemployed and in several countries youth are as much as seven times more likely to be unemployed than adults. Lacking sufficient economic and social opportunities, many of them are forced into high-risk and vulnerable forms of employment, while others have given up on the job search altogether.

Recognizing these challenges, the United Nations brought 300 participants from all sectors of society and from over 40 nations together for a forum in Bangkok this week to enhance knowledge and strategies with regard to youth participation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and to form cross-regional and cross-cultural youth service networks in the region.

High Level Plenary Speakers. Forground: Former ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan Back Row (Left to Right): Global Young Leaders Academy President Victor Li, UNESCAP Social Development Division Director Nanda Krairiksh, David Caprara, vice president for strategic partnerships for the Global Peace Foundation, UNESCAP Executive Secretary Shamsad Akhtar 

The ‘Asia-Pacific Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace’ was organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with UNESCO, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) and the Global Young Leaders Academy.

The conference tracks addressed the United Nations Sustainable
Development Goals and strategies and tools to increase youth
engagement and volunteerism.

Among the participants were representatives of government agencies dealing with youth issues, civil society, development partners and the private sector, who engaged in lively debates and discussions on enhancing partnerships in the sectors of environment, health, disaster response, peace and development, entrepreneurship and education.

Following these discussions, participants established the Asia-Pacific Peace Service Alliance, a group of partnerships made up of young people across the region committed to serving their communities through volunteerism.

The Forum also recommended multi-stakeholder public-private partnerships in the Alliance, as well as joint actions by partnering youth agencies of ASEAN, the Peace Corps, the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), FK Norway and those from Australia Singapore and other countries.

“Today we celebrate young people, while reaffirming our commitment to a better future for them and our future generations,” said Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar during her opening remarks.

The Asia-Pacific Peace Service Alliance, a collective
partnerships of young people committed to serving their
communities was launched at the forum.

“Without youth playing an active role in the development process, we cannot progress or build the future we want,” said Dr. Akhtar. “Tapping youth potential is critical to shape our shared destiny, as they are a source of new ideas, talent and inspiration. Harnessing youth energy, enthusiasm and expertise is vital for global and regional productivity and prosperity. For ESCAP and the United Nations, a dynamic youth agenda is vital to ensure the success of post-2015 sustainable development.”

In his keynote address, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, former ASEAN Secretary-General added: “We are pleased to launch the Asia-Pacific Peace Service Alliance of multilateral partners that will put youth at the forefront of development and peace. Let us commit our youth to a useful cause for humanity.”

Mr. Ingill Ra, partnerships coordinator for GPF, also stated that the Alliance, will “engage the community of youth in the region to take decisive action through partnerships that harness their full potential to promote sustainable development and peace.”

A post-forum report will be prepared by ESCAP and the co-conveners to summarize best practices, key findings, outcomes and recommendations to guide the further development of youth volunteerism across the region.

For further information, contact:

Ms. Katie Elles, Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP, T: (66) 2 288 1865 / M: (66) 9481 525 36 / E:  elles@un.org
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