First Fairtrade NAPP Youth Convention

Fostering the next generation of Fairtrade leaders in the Asia-Pacific region

Today, our world faces a combination of century-old problems and unprecedented challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic has lifted the veil on how different groups experience crises around the globe, shedding light on inequalities across all sectors among vulnerable and marginalized populations. But while we are amid a generational catastrophe, we are also the most connected generation in history. While there is immense cause for concern, this interconnectedness presents us with an incredible opportunity to reshape our world, where the youth prepare to take the lead for tomorrow’s protective and safe society.

There are 1.2 billion young people around the world prepared to tackle the challenges of our lifetime and reach Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The talent, drive, and innovation of youth are key to achieving a better world. The potential of youth, especially female youth, is not being effectively tapped into, bringing about missed opportunities for individuals, communities, and societies at large. Nevertheless, with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as guiding parameters, and youth getting involved in many SDG activities, there is much scope for progress. This is especially so with greater emphasis being laid on equity and leaving no one behind.

As part of the commitment to promote youth inclusion, the Fairtrade Network of Asia Pacific Producers (NAPP) and Fairtrade International is organising the first ‘NAPP Regional Youth Convention’ (Jakarta, Indonesia, 8-10 May 2023), supported by the European Commission’s Framework Partnership Agreement Project.

The Youth Convention will be a platform for forward-thinking young people who are determined to create a better future for all.  It will bring together over 40 young Fairtrade leaders from the NAPP region, as well as external experts and practitioners to discuss the challenges faced by young people in rural communities: relatively high unemployment, marginalisation, a lack of appropriate resources, and poor career prospects. It is a platform for forward-thinking young people to share their experiences, get inspired by others, and gain new knowledge that can be later shared within their own communities and at the producer level.

Catch a glimpse of the various programs conducted by our youth

from across eight countries in Asia and the Pacific region