The BDT Youth Programme

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 Society.

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 Information Society.

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.