More than half of the Commonwealth's citizens are under 30 years old. Investing in these young people will be decisive in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
In their 2002 Coolum Declaration, Commonwealth Heads of Government made clear their determination to "address poverty reduction by tapping the skills, knowledge and energy of a highly motivated younger generation."
The CYP Asia Regional Centre currently runs programmes taken from the new 'Plan of action for Youth Empowerment 2006-2015' an overarching implementation agenda that provides a blue print for youth development. It is relevant for governments, development partners, youth networks and young women and men who are valued partners in the process.
These areas are: