"MICRONESIAN BOUND" RUNNER UP WINNER FOR PRESTIGIOUS UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Award marks first time a Pacific Island organization ranks in top two
Bangkok (United Nations Information Services) -- Youth, defined by the
United Nations as the age range of 15 to 24 years, make up about 20 per
cent of the population of Asian and Pacific countries. They bear a
disproportionate burden of unemployment, with young women, school
leavers, and dropouts being particularly vulnerable. Millions of young
people still lack access to basic education and other skills.
Empowering young people means creating and supporting conditions under
which young people can contribute to the economic, social, and cultural
advancement of their societies and gain self-fulfilment. One
organization strongly committed to improving the development of young
people in the Pacific is Micronesia Bound, a non-profit organization
based in the Federated States of Micronesia.
For its work in providing essential life skills and vocational training
to unemployed Micronesian youth, and those in especially difficult
circumstances, Micronesia Bound has been chosen as runner-up in this
year's prestigious ESCAP Human Resource Development Award (HRD) for
The 1999 ESCAP HRD Award for Youth Empowerment is sponsored by the
Government of Australia. The first place award, with a prize of
US$300,000, was given to All-China Youth Federation for the high level
of its training and educational programmes for Chinese youth.
The selection of Micronesia Bound as runner-up marks the first time an
organization from the Pacific islands has placed in the ranks of the
top two winners.
The HRD Award is given annually by the United Nations Economic and
Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Each year's Award
focuses on a different theme, with "Youth Empowerment" chosen for 1999.
ESCAP received applications and nominations for the Award from 83
individuals and organizations in 24 countries throughout Asia and the
Pacific. The Executive Director of Micronesia Bound will be presented
with the runner-up Award at an Award ceremony on June 5th during the 56th
ESCAP Commission Session in Bangkok, Thailand.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2000 ESCAP HRD Award with
the theme: "HRD for the Empowerment of People with Disabilities."