The Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre is located in Chandigarh, India and is one of four Centres established to serve the member countries of the Commonwealth. The Asia Centre responds to youth development for 8 countries of the Commonwealth. These 8 countries together have a total population of 1,414,195 billion people.
There is significant diversity across the countries serviced by the Asia Centre. The smallest, Maldives, made up of a chain of nearly 1,200 islands, most of them uninhabited, has an estimated population of about 318,000 and the largest in the group, India, the world’s largest democracy has a population of 1.1 billion. English, Malay, Tamil and Hindi are the main languages in use.
The deterioration of the natural environment is one of the the principal concerns of young people worldwide as it has direct implications for their well-being both now and in the future.
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The Asian YAPL are young people who are infected/affected with HIV/AIDS or reformed drug addicts or healthy young people with adequate knowledge of youth health issues.
CYP Asia Centre has organed activities including workshops/seminars to raise the awareness of HIV/AIDS.