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Exploring Digital Cooperation and Youth Empowerment – WSIS+20 Forum

The WSIS+20 Forum High-Level Event 2024 marks two decades since the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) set a vision for global digital cooperation. Held from May 27 to 31, 2024, this event will reflect on the progress since the Geneva Plan of Action in 2003 and address current challenges and opportunities in building people-centric, inclusive, and development-oriented information and knowledge societies. Co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP, and UNCTAD, and co-hosted by ITU and the Swiss Confederation, the forum will see substantial contributions from the World Summit Awards (WSA), particularly in youth engagement.

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Mobilizing Collective Intelligence to Harness Innovation for Connectivity & Applications

One of WSA’s significant contributions will be the session titled “Mobilizing Collective Intelligence to Harness Innovation for Connectivity & Applications” on May 28, 2024. This multistakeholder session, co-convened by WSA, the Geneva Innovation Movement, and Partner2Connect, will explore the achievements and future directions of WSIS Action Lines C7 and C8. The discussion will focus on bridging digital divides and designing cross-sector collaboration to support social impact ventures. Moderated by WSA Chairperson Peter A. Bruck, the session aims to leverage collective intelligence to produce actionable outcomes and map out future steps for enhanced connectivity and ICT applications.
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Youth Engagement Around WSIS Action Lines

The critical focus on youth will be highlighted in the session “Youth Engagement Around WSIS Action Lines” on May 29, 2024. This session underscores the indispensable role of young people in advancing the Tunis agenda, particularly in Action Line C7. Given that youth are key users and innovators in technology, their engagement is essential for shaping an inclusive and just knowledge society. This session, also moderated by Peter A. Bruck, will emphasize providing young people with skills and opportunities in the digital economy through access to global professional networks, capacity building in impact entrepreneurship, and digital literacy.
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Participants will have the opportunity to share best practices on integrating youth into ICT policymaking and hear firsthand from WSA Young Innovators. The focus will be on how young digital entrepreneurs are implementing WSIS Action Lines through digital solutions, addressing issues such as climate change and citizen participation.

As WSA takes the stage at WSIS+20, its sessions will underscore the importance of youth engagement and cross-sector collaboration in leveraging ICT for sustainable development. This event presents a platform for young innovators to shape the future of digital cooperation and contribute to global development goals.
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