The mandate of the ITU-D Special Initiative on “Children and Youth” is to support
children and young people from developing countries and those in transition to
improve their access, use and knowledge of information and communication
technologies to bridge the Digital Divide and integrate them into the Information Society.
Aligned with WSIS Geneva and Tunis Action Plans, this Initiative also aims at
ensuring the follow-up of the ITU TELECOM Youth Forums, through actions and
projects that respond to the needs of young people and to the promotion of the ICTs among
the youth in a specific region or worldwide. In implementing these
activities, this initiative facilitates the
participation of young people, including children in the Information Society.
Young people are best promoters of ICTs and are key
contributors to building an inclusive Information Society. Therefore, this
should be taken into account in all actions and projects targeting the use and
access of ICTs, not only as a way to open up ICTs opportunities for children and
young people but also as a way to accelerate bridging the Digital Divide and to
contribute to the development of the telecommunication sector as a whole.
We are grateful to ITU-D Members States and Sector Members who are currently
participating in the implementation of some of our activities and projects for
this Special Initiative. We call upon others to join us in this mission.