Global Forum on Youth and ICT4D
Youth and ICT as Agents of Change
Project at a glance
Dates and Place24 - 26 September 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
In an increasingly globalized world, the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the economic, social, cultural, political and individual spheres of life has dramatically transformed societies. The role of young people in shaping their societies is becoming increasingly evident, particularly in terms of challenging the mores and practices that have redefined traditional concepts of social interaction, means of communication and participation, development of ideas, and involvement with issues of global significance. Young people are the forefront of global change, the future work force and leading creators and earliest adopters of ICT. They must, therefore, be empowered as learners, developers, contributors, entrepreneurs and decision makers.
In this context, the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) are organising a Global Forum "Youth and ICT as Agents for Change. The event aims to involve young people in open discussions with policymakers and high-ranking government officials, thought leaders and representatives from the private sector and civil society, and to explore ways to empower them and encourage their full participation in society through the use of information and communications technology. During seven roundtables and seven workshops participants will discuss topics such as "ICT for inclusion", "Opportunities offered by ICT's in generating Youth Employment", "ICT and health", "ICT and governance" and "Digital divide".
Panel: Cybervolunteering: A Millennium Solution for Development by Young Africans
Date, time and place:
25 September 2007, 14:00 to 15:30, room 5-6, ICCG
Aim of the workshop:
The aim of the workshop is to facilitate exchange around concrete ICT initiatives presented by young people from Africa. These will be the basis for discussion and exchange to identify ingredients needed for best practices and project creation around ICT4D.
Expected outcomes & achievements:
Statement; guidelines for the involvement of young people in South-South and international initiatives to address the most pressing social and humanitarian needs in Africa; reporting and feedback from the field in view of reporting mechanisms by young people for ICT4D.
François Grey, CERN; Viola Krebs, ICVolunteers
The role of young people in Volunteer Computing:
Self-sustainability, agriculture and ICTs:
ICVolunteers (www.icvolunteers.org), is an international non-profit organization specialized in the field of communications, in particular languages, conference support and cybervolunteerism (www.cybervolunteers.info). Development, exchange of information and service to the society at large are the key elements shared by the communities or organizations involved and by the individuals volunteering though the ICV Network.
Interpretation from and to English, Spanish and French, welcoming services, registration of participants and coordination of the help desk, conference reporting.
Posted: 2007-8-14 Updated: 2008-3-07