Are you a young person aged 18-29? Are you interested in being a change maker in the power of technology? Be part of the Youth Summit and do not miss this opportunity.
The Summit will bring together young leaders, entrepreneurs, social change-makers, engineers, policy specialists, students, and others. Business leaders, influential decision makers, and community advocates will also join the event.
The Summit will address the digital divide and related topics, including digital skills, gender, climate change, online safety, the future of work, entrepreneurship, digital dependencies, and more.
The Generation Connect Global Youth Summit will be held on 2 – 4 June 2022, at the Intare Conference Arena, in Kigali, Rwanda. It will be in a hybrid format, with physical participation, as well as virtual youth engagement.
Objectives of the Generation Connect Global Youth Summit
- To achieve meaningful youth engagement, consultation, collaboration, empowerment, participation and calls for action, aimed at bringing the voices of young people into the ITU discussions and activities
- To attain open and frank discussions, where youth can share what is good about technology, and what worries them. By fully engaging youth from the design and content to the format of the Summit, ITU will get a truly meaningful youth roadmap for the future
- To encourage the participation of young women, young people with disabilities and young indigenous people. The Summit hopes to also include the voices of young people that are not connected and are currently not being empowered through technology
- To implement, through the organization of the Youth Summit, the ITU Youth Strategy, which was adopted by ITU Members during TDAG-20
- To be aligned with the vision and objectives of the United Nations Youth Strategy: Youth 2030 – working with and for young people
- Provide an opportunity for meaningful youth engagement, consultation, collaboration, empowerment, participation and calls for action
- Create open and honest discussions where young people can share the positive and negative impacts of technology in their lives
- Encourage the participation of young women, young people with disabilities, young indigenous people and young people who are not yet connected or empowered through technology
- Implement the ITU Youth Strategy and align with the vision and objectives of the United Nations Youth Strategy: Youth 2030 – working with and for young people
Their interactive sessions focus on three main areas of action:
- Engaging in decision-taking and policy making processes: from digital inequality to sustainability, youth representation and digital accessibility
- Empowering young people with resources and skills for the digital future: from bridging the gender divide to entrepreneurship, mentorship and the future of work
- Protecting young people through responsible use of digital technologies: from the role of tech in mitigating climate change to online safety, cybersecurity and good mental health in the digital age
How to contribute to the Summit
- The goal is to have at least 400 young people (at least one young man and one young woman from each country) at the physical Youth Summit.
- Consider including the Generation Connect Regional Youth Envoys and the Generation Connect Visionaries Board – in your delegations for the Youth Summit and WTDC.
- Help us reach this goal by bringing your youth to Kigali
- Target participants
- Students with a passion for digital solutions
- Social change-makers
- Young entrepreneurs
- Promising young engineers
- Policy specialists from your administration, company or university
- If you are aged 15-17 and you cannot attend in person but still want to make a difference, please join them remotely.
- Young person aged 18-29.
For more information, visit https://www.itu.int/generationconnect/generation-connect-youth-summit-2022/