Key Findings Report: Online Youth Survey Ahead of the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) 2020

The purpose of this survey was to collect the voices of young people across Asia and the Pacific region and understand their perspective on ways to ensure meaningful and inclusive young people engagement in the APFSD processes including the SDGs’ follow up and review. This report synthesizes responses from the survey and also provides suggestions and recommendations to the APFSD 2020 theme of "Accelerating Action and Delivery of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific”.

The online survey was available for young people between the ages of 16-50, selected from the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) 2020, APFSD People's Forum, APFSD Intergovernmental meeting and all possible youth networks, alliances3 , organisations and young people across the region. Seventy-nine young people participated in the survey.

The primary research was conducted through a structured questionnaire circulated online and covering the following aspects:

  • The first section included questions to gather necessary demographic information to set the context for the respondent profile.
  • The second section was related to the working experience and area of the work experience of the respondents.
  • The third section was related to the engagement mechanisms and achievements in the implementation of the SDGs among the young population and UN systems.
  • The final action was related to the next APFSD Forum. The questionnaire consisted of close-ended, open-ended, multiple, and rating questions (entirely objective type). The actual questionnaire is given in Appendix-III for reference.

Background to APFSD 2020

The theme for High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2020, “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development” has been decided by the UN Member States. The HLPF theme resonates at the regional level with the APFSD 2020, titled, Accelerating action and delivery of the 2030 Agenda in the Asia Pacific. This inter-governmental forum will be organized from the 25- 27 March 2020. The preceding CSO/ People’ Forum (22-24 March) as well as the Preparatory APFSD Youth Forum (19-21 March), are all in line with the annual APFSD 2020 theme.

Cover for the Key Findings Report with Stylized SDG Wheel