Youth Forum 2009

ITU 2009 Youth Forum Declaration

The 2009 ITU Telecom World Youth Forum  has served as platform for the development of global network of youth that truly want to make a difference in the future of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

We are aware of the challenges that stand before all of us in achieving the goal of connecting our world by 2015. However, the dire  need to connect the world is too great for us to slow the pace of progress. We urge all UN agencies, national governments, industry and market leaders, educators, and society as a whole support the ITU “Connect a School, Connect a Community” initiative. It will reach those who can most benefit from adequate ICT connectivity and applications: children, and underprivileged groups. The Youth Forum is proud to have been addressed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to support this important initiative and thank ITU Secretary-General Dr. Hamoudon Touré and BDT Director Sami Al Basheer for moving this initiative forward.

The following declaration aims to highlight the most significant challenges related to ICTs today. Our vision is to address these challenges. Our focus is on all ICTs, from basic public payphones and mobile phones to television, Internet and IPTV. We request your kind attention and thank you for taking the following demands for action seriously.

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Lessons For The Corporate World From The Animal Kingdom

On Monday October 6 the Youth Forum fellows at this year’s ITU Telecom World in Geneva didn’t only have the great honor to meet with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to kick-off the “Connect a School, Connect a Community” initiative. We also had the great pleasure to enjoy a refreshing speech by Singapore’s Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts (Mica) Lui Tuck Yew’s over our lunch.

Apparently, Minister Lui likes animals and thus stories form the animal kingdom. He certainly woke up some of the participants in the room after a long morning of speeches but most importantly still made a valid point. And most of the Youth Forum fellows probably won’t forget the lesson learned this day.

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