Honourable Safuneituuga Paa’aga Neri, Minister of Communication
and Information Technology of Samoa,
Ladies and gentlemen
It is a pleasure for me to be here with you this evening to
bring this global forum on youth to a conclusion. During the
last three days, you have all worked extremely hard to give
shape to the outcome of this event, enabling our youth to go
forward and lead the process of using ICTs to win wars against
hunger, poverty and other hardships currently afflicting
First and foremost, I would like to thank Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak,
First Lady of the Arab Republic of Egypt, who kindly shared with
us her aspirations for young people, and whose enthusiasm and
support continue to advance the mission of youth and peace
Let me also thank all those who enriched the outcome of this
forum by sharing their ideas and experiences.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Young people embrace new technologies with an energy and
enthusiasm that is an inspiration to us all. That is why I
believe strongly in harnessing their potential, especially in
the field of ICTs. They are our present and our future. We are
here together today because we recognize the importance of
investing in young people and giving them the means to use their
creativity for the good of the world. On behalf of all of
us, our co-organizer the UN-DESA through the Global Alliance for
ICTs and our other partners and sponsors, I thank you all for
joining us on this important occasion.
During the last three days, the young leaders have come up with
an Action Plan and strategy which addresses the main themes of
- Youth, ICTs & Education including work,
- ICTs and Health
- Political participation and activism.
Their contribution is crucial in these areas if we are to meet
the Millennium Development Goals and create a better future. It
is therefore fully appropriate that the young leaders have
chosen to focus on these areas that are so important for social
and economic development.
To our young leaders,
I hope that this event has made a positive impact on your lives
and given you an opportunity to express and share ideas and
initiatives for using ICTs to their full potential. I hope, and
believe that during these three days, you have created a wide
network of talented individuals from all around the world who
will continue to actively encourage the use of ICTs to improve
their own lives as well as those of their communities. May all
the enthusiasm and energy that you have shown here in Geneva
help to sustain this network and spread the benefits of ICTs.
It is also my belief that we, the older generation will benefit
from your involvement and your influence on decision-making
processes in aspects such as health, education, governance, and
self-development. As some of you have said, “You have to trust
in yourself and the possibilities you have to make a difference
in your communities”.
Finally, I would like to ask you to keep in touch with ITU,
letting us know what you have done, sharing with us your success
stories and the challenges you have faced.
I would like to conclude by inviting you all to share a cocktail
with us and wish you a very safe journey home.