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Asia-Pacific Youth Advisory Group
on Environmental and Climate Justice 2022

What is the Asia-Pacific Youth Advisory Group?

UN Human Rights, UNFCCC, and UNDP established an Asia-Pacific Youth Advisory Group on Environmental and Climate Justice, which was anchored in YECAP and had presence, through UNDP’s 24 Country Offices, in 36 countries in Asia and the Pacific.

What was expected?


The Asia-Pacific Youth Advisory Group on Environmental and Climate Justice consisted of 20 young members between the ages of 18-35 for a duration of 12 months, with possible renewal. The Youth Advisory Group strived to have members from grassroots, community-based groups, and Indigenous peoples’ organizations operating in differing spaces and constituencies in climate justice.

Who applied?


Experienced and dedicated youth working on environmental and climate justice in the Asia-Pacific region for at least two years (with fluency in English) applied for a chance to work towards strengthening the environmental rule of law. 

Why young people joined us?


The selected Members had the opportunities to:


  • Share their voices and concerns on environmental and climate justice.

  • Connect and learn from environmental and climate activists from across the world.

  • Identify challenges and opportunities for climate and environmental justice at various levels.

  • Support visibility and outreach on programmes and activities.

  • Participate in activities led by the involved UN agencies on environmental and climate justice.


Submission to the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights on the extractive sector, just transition and human rights 2023

According to Human Rights Council resolution 44/15, the United Nations Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises (“Working Group”) presented a report to the UN General Assembly’s 78th Session in October 2023 on “Extractive Sector, Just Transition and Human Rights.” In this report, the Working Group understood Extractive Sector as the wide range of business enterprises, institutions and peoples involved in the extraction of oil, gas, solid minerals, and rare metals.


The Asia-Pacific Youth Advisory Group on Environmental and Climate Justice (YAG) submitted inputs on state duty to protect human rights, corporate responsibility to respect human rights, access to remedies, good practices and other comments to this call.

Human Rights Day 2022

On #HumanRightsDay2022, seven young environmental human rights defenders and climate activists from across Asia and the Pacific shared their journeys and what makes them hopeful.


Find out:

  • What led to their activism?

  • What barriers are they facing?

  • How can we help raise awareness?

  • How can the recognition of the access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a universal human right help?

  • What does Human Rights Day mean to them?

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