ITU BYND 2015 Global Youth Summit
Photo Credit ITU BYND 2015
The BYND 2015 ‘Beyond 2015’ Global Youth Summit is the first ITU (United Nations) conference gathering 500 young people from around the globe to discuss important development issues stemming around the 2015 Millenium Goals.
Many young people around the globe also participated remotely, engaging in discussion of technology and solutions to tackle development issues, as well as building apps for the ITU Hackathon, which the team that James Whelton was a part of placed first in.
According to the ITU, over 1,000 ideas were generated on the online platform designed specifically for the conference, where youth voted around 15,000 times and provided more than 12,000 comments. In addition, tens of thousands of people joined the conversation via social media with a combined reach on the micro blogging platform Twitter of over 16 million. The online conversation took place in 74 languages. Education, health and access to ICTs ranked as the highest trending topics. –UN Press Release
The Global Youth Declaration from this summit will be presented at the end of the September by Laura Chinchilla, the President of Costa Rica to the UN General Assembly. One of the major discussion points this year is the access of Information Communications Technology (ICT) as a human right, and/or its purpose as a tool for change:
We call for the creation of open data, information and technical knowledge, in all areas critical to our lives. Health, civic engagement, online protection, environmental protection and economic success all depend on having unfettered access to knowledge which ICTs can extend to everyone. The spread of information amongst young people can directly foster empowerment and innovation
on a global scale. –Global Youth Declaration
James Whelton and Rebecca Garcia attended on behalf of the Hello World Foundation to represent CoderDojo and their respective countries, Ireland and the United States.