The Asia-Pacific Regional Session provides an opportunity to spark conversations with young people and explore holistic approaches to address the most pressing challenges youth face, particularly in relation to Goal 6 (Clean water and sanitation); Goal 7 (Affordable and clean energy); Goal 9 (Industry, innovation, and infrastructure); Goal 11 (Sustainable cities and communities); Goal 13 (Climate action) and Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
The objectives of the Asia-Pacific Regional Session are:
- To ensure that the interests of young people are meaningfully included in main follow-up and review processes of the SDGs, including the 2023 ECOSOC Youth Forum, the 2023 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), the 2023 SDG Summit.
- To examine progress, gaps, and challenges in achieving SDGs 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 17 in the Asia-Pacific region from a youth lens and perspective and propose concrete actions and recommendations to enhance progress and address gaps and challenges.
- To highlight youth-led initiatives and best practices of youth inclusion and engagement in decision making.
- To share the Asia Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development (APFSD)-Youth Call to Action to inform national, regional, and global intergovernmental fora.
- To celebrate youth leadership in building resilience and provide an opportunity for young people to exchange ideas and forge new partnerships with policy makers and other stakeholders.
The regional breakout sessions will help identify the development needs for youth at the regional level and consider how best to articulate and mainstream them in the context of achieving the SDGs. These sessions may build on the outcomes of youth consultations, fora, and other forms of youth engagement as part of the regional SDG review processes hosted by the various UN Regional Commissions.
The 2023 Annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, will take place over three days on 25-27 April 2023, guided by the theme of the 2023 HLPF on "Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels". Youth will be given the opportunity to present their assessment, vision and recommendations for member states' consideration ahead of the SDG Summit in September 2023.