The 2nd Asia-Pacific Youth Exchange
The success of 1st Asia Pacific Youth Exchange (APYE) Program in Thailand was a remarkable starting point for SDG awareness in Thailand through Youth Action. With this limelight, 2nd APYE was held from 17-30 July 2017 in Bangkok. Through the continuation of the program during the same year, program team aims to build sustainable solutions for communities through International Youth and Community collaboration. Social Entrepreneur mindset to accelerate SDG implementation is an important key driver that this program would like to build for participants and communities.
APYE, along with the purposeful collaboration on ground work in Thai Communities with UNDP Thailand and Government sector has engaged over 200 Youth across Asia Pacific who are keen with social innovation with addressing of importnat societal issues.
ESCAP/SDD gave the opening remarks at the opening session of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Youth Exchange on 19 July 2017 to help commemorate the International Day of Youth 2017. Other speakers at the opening ceremony included Mr. M.L. Panadda Diskul, Deputy Minister of Education Thailand, Mr. Martin Hart-Hansen, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Thailand and Mr. Hyoungmin Kim, Managing Director of the Urban Youth Academy. The event gathered over 200 youth leaders from across the region to address how young people can be positive engines of change in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to youth themselves, the event included government officials, representatives from CSOs, social entrepreneurs, and stakeholders from the private sector and development agencies.