Working Group Co-Chaired by:

Dr. Hamadoun I. Toure
 Secretary-General of ITU
Co-Vice Chair of the Broadband Commission​

​This Working Group aims to give young people a forum and a voice with which to speak to Commissioners, and to provide a platform for advocacy to draw attention to the importance of connectivity for any young person’s social and economic development.

Objectives of the Group:

  1. To gather input from young people to explain how broadband can be used as a force for human progress;

  2. To generate a vision statement by young people emphasizes their views in regard to broadband;

  3. To draw attention to the Broadband Commission and its objectives of establishing ubiquitous, affordable broadband for all by engaging with other relevant UN events in 2011.

The WG-Y has developed its own vision statement and, even more importantly, helped ensure that the important views and perspectives of young people are taken into account and represented in the work of the Commission, as the millennial generation who will help shape the future of broadband.​

  1. WG-Y held its first meeting in Geneva on May 17, when 50 students and interns were asked to explain how they envisioned broadband techno​logies improving people’s lives in five key areas: Young Entrepreneurs, Global Voices, Peace & Democracy, Knowledge Sharing and Health. 
  2. The outcome of this meeting was a vision statement, to be presented to the Broadband Commission in October. A representative of WG-Y attended the UN GA High-Level meeting on Youth in New York in July 2011. 
  3. At its second meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, 250 young Africans were asked to identify the best services and applications that could be delivered via broadband. 
  4. ​The best two candidates will be flown to Geneva to pitch their ideas to the Commission during the Broadband Leadership Summit in October 2011 to secure endorsement to turn their aspirations into reality and develop their project into a working prototype. This process will include mentoring and tutorship to help develop their fledgling careers.​​



The BYND2015 Global Youth Summit​ took place from 9 to 11 September 2013 in San Jose, Costa Rica. At 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.