The Youth Programme’s main mandate 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 the Information
Aligned with WSIS Geneva and Tunis Action Plans, the Youth Programme
also aims at ensuring the follow-up of the ITU TELECOM Youth Forums,
through actions and projects that respond to the needs related to the
promotion of the ICTs among the youth in a specific region or worldwide.
Through the implementation of these activities, the target of the Youth
Programme is to facilitate the participation of young people in the
The young people represent the best promoters of ICTs and are the 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 widen 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.
Several ITU-D Sector Members have joined the Youth Programme in its
initiatives provided their support.