Unesco — IFIP Youth declaration
Unesco’s commitment to enhancing the participation of all in the global information society and IFIP’s role in analysing and shaping future development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have inspired participants in the IFIP World Computer Congress 2002 “Information Technology for our Times: ideas, research and application in an inclusive world” (25 to 29 August 2002, Montreal, Canada) to develop declaration, having examined the theme of “Youth and Information and Communication Technologies, Policies and Challenges in the Information Age”. ICTs have substantial impact on today’s world and are central to bolstering the emerging global knowledge information society. Young people are at the forefront of technological innovation and development. On the other hand there is continued deterioration of the status of youth worldwide (particularly of young women and youth with disabilities), who are among the most vulnerable and affected by difficult social and economic conditions. This highlights the importance of sensitising governmental authorities, national and international institutions, the private sector and the civil society to the necessity to include the development of information and communication technology infrastructures and the ICT skills for young people as a high priority in their national ICT policies and respective agendas, as well as to take proactive measures in order to encourage the formulation of policies and regulatory frameworks determining the future of the information society.