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The BYND2015 Global Youth Declaration (ITU) 2013

The BYND2015 Global Youth Summit, held in Costa Rica during 9-11 September 2013, was a platform for young people to lend their voice and influence decisions at the United Nations on the Future We Want. This declaration is the outcome of the BYND2015 Global Youth Summit participated by hundreds of young people around the world.



“A Digital Shift: Youth and ICT for Development” (UNGAID) 2009

This publication highlights the potential of world youth to harness ICTs and how the diverse and vast potential of ICTs can empower and simplify the launch of a global project on a local level. The publication was designed with two key objectives: The first is to showcase the efforts of individuals and groups who are inspiring a transformation of attitudes and actions to renew communities the world over; and the second is to pay tribute to the millions of young people serving as ‘change makers’ for their societies by implementing the ideas of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals in a myriad of ways. The report is published by the Global Alliance for ICT and Develepment (GAID), an initiative of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with TakingITGlobal and the Youth Unit of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.For read the report, please visit here 

“Use of Information and Communication Technology by the World’s Children and Youth” (ITU) 2008

The expansion of electronic and digital infrastructure has given many millions of people the potential to learn, publish and communicate on an unprecedented scale. The rapidly declining real cost of the requisite information and communication technologies, combined with vast changes to available infrastructure, have allowed many young people to take advantage of technology to do and achieve things unknown to earlier generations. While access to technology and associated electronic content has significantly changed the lives of many young people in wealthier economies, the same is not generally true of those in less developed economies. The main purpose of this report is to shed light on the current situation by presenting and describing statistical information on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) by the children and youth of the world.To read the report, please visit here
“African Youth Speak on the Information Society” (ECA) 2006

Over 200 young people from all over Africa participated in a discussion, organized by the Economic Commission for Africa through the ICT and Science Technology Division (ISTD), for over a period of one year defining the agenda for their active participation in national and regional Information Society initiatives. The views expressed and concrete recommendations made by the participants as well as quotes from statements made, were compiled in this publication.To read the publication, please visit here


“World Youth Report 2003” Ch. 12: Youth and Information and Communication Technologies

The World Youth Report 2003 provides an overview of the global situation of young people. The first 10 chapters focus on the priority areas identified by the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY), adopted by the General Assembly in 1995. The remaining five chapters address some of the newer issues that were later identified as additional priorities for youth and were adopted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2003.To read the chapter, please visit here


ICT, Urban Governance and Youth (UN-Habitat) 2012 

The report aims to develop a conceptual framework to accommodate rapidly changing dynamics in three areas of urban development: the demographics of the fastest growing segment of urban populations, youth (ages 15 to 24); information and communications technology (ICT) and particularly mobile phones; and governance, particularly local government in the developing world. With its advanced draft on ICT-enabled governance, the UN-Habitat has laid the groundwork by addressing issues of urbanization and ICT-based government. This report seeks to add the youth dimension in a way that builds upon the advanced draft and takes into account the special characteristics of young, technologically savvy citizens. The reader is encouraged to read the first three reports to put these findings into a larger context of youth-led development.


Accessible ICTs and Personalized Learning for Students with Disabilities (UNESCO) 2012 

The report summarizes the multi-stakeholder debate organized at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on 17 and 18 November 2011, which focused on challenges of, and practical solutions for, promoting personalization through technology in the classrooms for students, particularly for those with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. The report also includes a number of successful case studies and recommendations on the options for educators and students to use existing technological solutions in classrooms, and on how UNESCO ICT Competences Framework for Teachers could be applied for the capacity-building of teachers on accessibility related issues. The key recommendations on practical solutions for the use of accessible ICTs contained in the report target mainly teachers, policy makers and administrators.

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Measuring the Information Society (ITU) 2012 

The report presents the ICT Development Index (IDI), which ranks countries’ performance with regard to ICT infrastructure and uptake, and the ICT Price Basket (IPB), a unique metric that tracks and compares the cost and affordability of ICT services. This edition also features new data series and analyses concerning revenue and investment in the ICT sector, and proposes a new methodology using non-conventional data, to measure the world’s telecommunication capacity