Blog posts tagged to "youth"

  • Why Asia and Pacific needs youth policies

    Published on Monday, 12 January 2015

    Based on Plan International’s 2012 World Atlas of Youth Policies, fewer than half of the countries in Asia and the Pacific have youth-specific policies. Other countries have integrated youth in their constitutions or sector-specific policies, such as on education, health, and drug prevention. Do we really need to prioritize and direct limited resources to a certain demographic defined only by age?

  • Speaking up for Asia’s invisible population

    Published on Wednesday, 10 December 2014

    Recall the time you had to apply for a passport, driver’s license, job, or bank account. You are required to bring proof of identity, and more often than not, the most basic proof of existence would be your birth certificate. You probably know exactly where it is – tucked away in an envelope in a drawer, or perhaps a fireproof vault. This is not the case for some 230 million children around the world under the age of 5 who have not had their births registered. 

  • Four things International Youth Day Summit taught us about social media

    Published on Thursday, 18 September 2014

    In recent years, the rise of social media has been ceaseless and rapid. It has managed to create a universe of its own—one that often leaves governments, organizations, and corporations alike continuously striving to keep up. 

  • Youth creativity and leadership on tap to solve Asia’s water problems

    Published on Tuesday, 01 July 2014

    With some 60% of the global youth population living in Asia and the Pacific, young people have consistently and increasingly shown they are capable of addressing urgent development problems through their innovative ideas.

  • Mind the Gap: Closing the youth, government divide

    Published on Monday, 02 June 2014

    When we look around the world there often seems a huge divide between young people and governments. While youth are frequently on the front line of civilian protests, criticizing the state, those in power often brand them as mere troublemakers and ingrates. How can we narrow this gap and help both sides better understand each other?

  • Building a Better World: Youth and Governance

    Published on Wednesday, 05 February 2014

    Young people today live in a difficult world.  There are more graduates than jobs in the market, the environment is more degraded than ever before, and competition to earn a living and have the same quality of life as the previous generation is increasingly difficult.

  • Population dynamics, health and social protection – Opportunities for sustainable development

    Published on Monday, 03 February 2014

    The world population clock is ticking. According to the Population Reference Bureau’s “2013 World Population Data Sheet”, on average, 271 people are born worldwide every minute and 106 people die. On 31 October 2011 the world welcomed its 7 billionth citizen and by 2050 it is estimated the number will have grown to 9.6 billion.

  • Redefining a generation

    Published on Thursday, 10 October 2013

    The world’s first global generation, my generation, is popularly called “Generation Y.” We have also been called Echo boomers, Millennials, or “Generation WHY” (you would understand if you happen to be one of our parents).

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    I live in the time of superheroes

    Published on Tuesday, 30 April 2013

    I’ve been called idealistic way too many times because I dream of a country that is not poverty-stricken, an education system that does not deprive opportunity, a government that sets aside personal gain and a world where a sense of community is undeniable.