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Young people represent about a quarter of the world’s population. If these 1.8 billion young people are prepared with the relevant skills to become productive and engaged members of society, they could significantly contribute towards positive socio-economic development outcomes and accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. However, investments towards quality employment and entrepreneurship opportunities fall short of young people’s aspirations and the growing pool of young jobseekers.

This session of the Road to Addis focused on young people: the natural adopters of technology and the ones who will inherit the world that technology is now shaping. Connected to each other like never before, young people today want to contribute to their communities, propose innovative solutions and drive social progress and change.

This session answered the following questions:

  • What can be done to ensure the youth community is empowered and fully engaged in the decision-making process that shapes the global digital agenda?
  • How can we include marginalized and unconnected youth in the digital development dialogue to achieve universal connectivity?
  • What capacity-building efforts and digital innovation ecosystems need to be developed to address the digital skills gap especially in a post-COVID-19 world?

This session took place on International Youth Day 2021, and was in line with the #Youth2030 agenda​ to work with and for young people.

This event was highly interactive with youth participation, online chat and Q&​A from the audience, a session illustration, as well as videos, and polls.

​The session was hosted by ITU and moderated by David Kirkpatrick, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy Media.



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David Kirkpatrick

David Kirkpatrick

​Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy Media​
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Ellen Taylor

Ellen Taylor

Youth Engagement, Generation Connect, ITU
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​​Ahmad Alhendawi
Ahmad Alhendawi
Chair, Global Youth Mobilization and Secretary General, World Organization of the Scout Movement
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​​Doreen Bogdan-Martin BDT Director
​​Doreen Bogdan-Martin
Director, ITU Telecommunication ​Development Bureau
Biography »
​​H.E. Akilah Byron-Nisbett
H.E. Akilah Byron-Nisbett
Minister of Health, ICT, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, and Talent Development, Ministry of Health, St. Kitts and Nevis​
Biography »
​​Sinead Bovell
Sinead Bovell
Founder of WAYE. Member of the Generation Connect Visionaries Board
Biography »
​​Kevin Frey
Dr. Kevin Frey
CEO of Generation Unlimited
Biography »
​​Roman Gojayev
Roman Gojayev
Member of Experts Group on Youth Rights at European Youth Forum. Member of the Generation Connect Visionaries Board
Biography »
​​Devshi Mehrotra
Devshi Mehrotra
CEO of JusticeText
Biography »
​​Tijmen Rooseboom
Video Address by
Tijmen Rooseboom
Ambassador for Youth, Education and Work at the Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Biography »
​​Jayathma Wickramanayake
Video Address by
Jayathma Wickramanayake
UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. Member of the Generation Connect Visionaries Board
Biography »



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road to addis: episode 7

​​lollipops_4.png​Youth2Connect​: Empowered Youth Shaping the Digital Agenda​​Youth2Connect: Empowered Youth Shaping the Digital Agenda

12 August 2021, 13:30 – 15:00 CEST​​

​Zoom webinar
The webinar was delivered in English with LIVE captioning.