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Youth, Innovation and Academia

​​ ​​​​​​​​​youth-home.jpgICT enabled skills, services and applications play an important role in improving youth's socio-economic status. Furthermore, youth are 'early adopters' of ICT based technologies, and are viewed as driving growth and innovation in the sector.

This landing page presents an overview of ITU's activities related to youth, which are reinforced by PP ​RESOLUTION 198 (BUSAN, 2014) " Empowerment of youth through telecommunication/information and communication technology​", as well as in the operational plans of the ITU sectors. 
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Kaleidoscope Academic Conference

Social_media.jpg The ITU Kaleidoscope academic conferences call for original scientific papers addressing emerging developments in ICTs and, in particular, areas in need of international standards to aid the healthy development of the Information Society. Read more

ITU Journal: ICT Discoveries

box3.jpg​The ITU Journal: ICT Discoveries publishes original research on telecommunication/ICT technical developments and their policy and regulatory, economic, social and legal dimensions. This interdisciplinary approach reflects ITU's comprehensive field of interest and explores the convergence of telecommunication/ICT with other disciplines. Read more

Young ICT Policy Leaders programme

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The Young ICT Policy Leaders (YIPL) programme encourages youth participation through national delegations at key ITU conferences and events.  The programme is designed to engage and empower the next generation of ICT policy makers, through knowledge and skills exchange, peer-to-peer mentoring and direct exposure to experienced leaders with a proven record of consensus building and consolidation. Read more

Statistical databases

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ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) keeps a wide range of ICT statistics and analyses, available for access online free of charge. Are you researching trends in the ICT sector? ITU's statistics are a must. Read more



Digital Inclusion for Youth

Digital Inclusion.jpgITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) promotes school connectivity, digital literacy skills, and ICT-enabled employment opportunities for youth, including encouraging more young women and girls  ​ t​o ​​prepare for and enter careers in the ICT sector. BDT's work includes a wealth of research and analysis on the above topics. Read more

Social Media

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Girls in ICT

Girls in ICT
ITU is committed to championing the catalytic role a tech career can play in creating exciting, far-reaching opportunities for women and girls. To help inspire girls to consider a future in technology, ITU hosts an annual 'Girls in ICT Day' on the fourth Thursday in April with support from collaborators around the world.

Visit the Girls in ICT portal

#BYND2015 Global Youth Summit

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The BYND2015 Global Youth Summit took place from 9 to 11 September 2013 in San Jose, Costa Rica. During the Summit, ITU engaged with a worldwide community to gather their opinions and ideas on how technology can contribute to a better world and shape the post-2015 development agenda.