The Asia Pacific region is home to more than half the world population – approximately 4 billion out of more than 6 billion. The region has five distinct sub-regions each with its unique geography, culture, history and environmental experiences, problems and solutions: Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and the South Pacific.
More than half of the world's young people -- some 650 million between the ages of 10 and 24 -- live in Asia and the Pacific. In some parts of the region, young people make up nearly 20 per cent of the population. By 2030 youth population in the region is estimated to grow to exceed over 700 million.
Poverty makes developing Asia vulnerable with 70% of the population living on less than a dollar a day. With the largest proportion of the world’s youth living in Asia, young people also have the most at stake as vulnerable members of society. Environmental impacts such as climate change will adversely affect the well-being of youth in Asia Pacific and their future.
|| | TUNZA: for youth and children
The main focus of the TUNZA youth programme is to develop environmental activities in the areas of capacity building, environmental awareness, information exchange, with a vision to foster a generation of environmentally conscious citizens, capable of positive action. The programme also seeks to promote the involvement of young people in environmental decision making processes.
The TUNZA children’s programme reaches out to young people between the ages of 6-13 through global and regional conferences, information exchange though regional and global networks, campaigns and competitions such as the Plant for the Planet Campaign and the International Children’s Painting Competition.
Mechanisms of the TUNZA programme, include;
For more information on the TUNZA programme in the Asia Pacific, contact your national or regional youth advisors, or