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In 2021, seeing the success of its Young Changemaker Incubator programme, UNITAR appointed The ITS Education Asia Foundation to co-run the Youth Ambassador Asia-Pacific Programme (YAAPP). Over the coming years this Programme will bring opportunity to youth in an ever widening circle of empowerment across the Asia-Pacific region. See the press release here.

the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Launch event 18 Sept 2021

Programme content and outcomes

In 2023 we will broaden participation even further across the region. The Programme will run across 10 Saturday afternoons again but will now be predominantly virtual to allow its international nature. Sessions led by UNITAR staff (Hiroshima office), ITS SDG teachers and a variety of expert contributors. In 2021 & 2022, experts were from SAP, Fung Group, MIT, Wharton, YouKuai, Uplink, World Economic Forum, Ghana Energy Commission, Microsoft, University of Tokyo and more.

The Programme will also align with the 2023 SDG Summit taking place during the United Nations Generally Assembly week in September 2023. The purpose of this summit is to investigate ways of accelerating progress towards the SDGs in light of setbacks especially due to covid and also in light of the progress reports showing a lack of progress in many areas. Thus our YAAPP theme for 2023 is "Young Changemakers: Unleashing the Power of Social Entrepreneurship for the SDGs".

Mode: Online
Format: Various - lectures, webinars, task-based problem and more
Dates: Sat 23 Sept 2023 to Sat 25 Nov 2023
Times: Lesson weeks 1-9 — 10am - 1pm Hong Kong time
Graduation week 10 — 1pm - 6pm Hong Kong time


  • receive official United Nations Institute of Training & Research certificate
  • become a UNITAR Youth Ambassador, Asia Pacific
  • gain access to the global SDG education network
  • attend real-life UN and other international events e.g. UN General Assembly (both live stream and in-person)
  • qualify for nomination to UN youth committees and organizations
Read the UNITAR review of 2021

Applications for 2023 are now closed. Thank you.


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) was created in 1963 to train young diplomats from newly-independent UN Member States to function in the diplomatic environment.

Over the years, UNITAR has acquired unique expertise and experience in designing and delivering a variety of training activities and its strategy is fully focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using four of the five thematic pillars - Peace, People, Planet & Prosperity.

UNITAR provides training and capacity development activities to assist mainly developing countries with special attention to the most vulnerable. UNITAR programmes are delivered both face-to-face and via e-Learning and overseen from UNITAR’s Headquarters in Geneva.

The Institute is a project-based organization and does not receive any funds from the regular United Nations budget. UNITAR is financed from voluntary contributions derived mainly from UN Member States, other UN agencies, international and intergovernmental foundations NGOs and the private sector.


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