We will be participating in collaboration with the ITU in the WSIS Forum 2018 (https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2018/).
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2018 represents the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. The annual WSIS Forum is a global multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development. The Forum provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies.
The Forum will serve as a key platform for discussing the role of ICTs as a means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, with due regard to the global mechanism for follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
GIMUN will organize a workshop:
Action Line C3: Access to information and knowledge.
Where does the youth stand?
Cross-sectoral dialogue on the contribution of the youth to the development of the Action Line C3 achieve Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth
It is reasonable to say that there are still divides between countries, between men and women, children, youth, persons with disabilities and elderly people. “Differences in individuals’ capabilities to both use and create information and communications technologies represent a knowledge divide that perpetuates inequality.” (A/70/L.33, para. 20). Indeed, it is precisely by accessing information and knowledge and by creating an inclusive society that inequalities can only be abated.
The knowledge economy underlines organizational and technological complementarities between the expanded possibilities for information codification, storage and transmission offered by the new technologies, the “human capital” of the workers likely to use these technologies and a “responsive” organization of the enterprise (thanks to the progress of knowledge management) that makes possible the fullest utilization possible of the potential for productivity. (UNESCO, 2005: 46, Towards Knowledge Societies)
Hence, it is worth considering that greater access to ICTs may lead to economic growth, inclusive and productive societies and the creation of new opportunities for development and resilience.
In the light of the above, the main purpose of the workshop is to bring together young representation from every sector in order to address the question of how greater access to ICTs can improve the situation for the youth, especially with regard to youth employment and economic growth.
There is no doubt that “constructive and diverse inputs from governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations, the technical and academic communities, and all other relevant stakeholders, in taking stock of the progress made in the implementation of the outcomes of the WSIS and addressing potential information and communication technology (ICT) gaps and areas for continued focus” (A/70/L.33, para. 3) is essential in order to guarantee a future sustainable development.
Therefore, we aim to bring together young representatives of every sector so as to conclude how Action Line C3 (Access to information and knowledge) will improve the situation of the youth in each sector, having as common issue the youth employment.
Regarding youth employment, the information shown by the Work4Youth project by the International Labour Organisation indicates that:
“The single most critical element of the global jobs crisis is the struggle faced by youth. At the end of 2010, there were an estimated 75.1 million young people in the world struggling to find work. Of the world’s more than 195 million unemployed, nearly 40 per cent were youth aged 15 to 24. In many countries, this grim unemployment picture is aggravated by the large number of youth engaged in poor quality and low paid jobs with intermittent and insecure work. Many youth are poor or underemployed: more than 150 million of the world’s working poor, or 28 per cent of all young workers worldwide, live on less than the equivalent of US$1.25 per person, per day.”
Since we consider that the way to sustainable development and inclusive future is through cooperation, we will have five young representatives of each sector (civil society, academia, government, UN system, private sector) and five experts in each sector as well, so as to create a cross-sectoral fruitful discussion and address every layer of this issue.
Empowering youth to engage in WSIS action lines to achieve the sustainable development.
Contributing to the purpose of the forum (ICTs for development) and to the implementation of the Goal 8 that aims to “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all” and, specially, those targets under Goal 8 that particularly recognize the centrality of youth employment and development.
Providing young speakers with a multi-stakeholder environment in order to share their views and discuss the main challenges and opportunities in ICTs for their respective sectors.
Facilitating interaction between the youth and experts in order to encourage the young generations to take action and to get advise from experts. Also, proposing ideas from the youth and critics so that the experts in each sector will take the youth’s opinion into consideration.
The duration of the workshop will be of 1 hour and 45 minutes. Each young representative will have 10 minutes to talk approximately, leaving between each contribution 5 minutes for cross-sectoral dialogue, either between the experts and the young representatives, or between young representatives from each sector. The floor will be opened to the public in the end for questions and comments for 30 minutes. This event will be opened for everybody interested, but we strongly encourage the participation of young students, young workers or entrepreneurs.
When? Thursday 22nd of March 2018 from 9h to 10.45h
Where? ITU Headquarters
To subscribe and get accredited to access the ITU, please send an email with your name and field of studies to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide you with a link to register. You will be accredited for the whole day and have hence free access to all the other workshops and conferences within the WSIS Forum.
Note: the event will be held in English.