The ITU Youth Strategy aims to improve and have a real impact on the lives of young people around the world, and to ensure meaningful participation of youth in ITU as key stakeholders in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In line with the ITU Youth Strategy and within the framework of the “Generation Connect" global initiative, European Youth were called upon to contribute to the preparatory process for the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-21), in particular the Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) for Europe, through the establishment of the Generation Connect - Europe Youth Envoy (GC-EUR). The current Generation Connect Europe Youth Envoy (GC-EUR) consists of 38 Envoys between the ages of 18 and 25, who are either students or young professionals with a passion for ICTs and digital development.
In December 2020, the Members of the Europe Youth Envoy, which consisted of 24 young people aged between 18 and 24, coming from all around Europe, worked towards the elaboration of the Youth Declaration, provided their views on the challenges and opportunities related to digital development and shared the actions they would like to see happening in regards to the regional priorities of the Europe region, as an input to the RPM for Europe.
The Youth Declaration developed by the group identifies five thematic priorities as primary (capacity development, policy and regulation, cybersecurity, environment, and digital inclusion) while recognizing the importance of several other thematic priorities. It was presented by GC-EUR representatives at the RPM for Europe held virtually on 18-19 January 2021.
Compostion of the Generation Connect - Europe Youth Envoy (GC-EUR)
GC-EUR Youth Declaration