ūüöÄÔłŹ Welcome to the discussion room on Science, Technology and Innovation and Digital Cooperation

This is the third chapter of the Pact for the Future that will be adopted at the Summit of the Future in September, together with the Global Digital Compact which will be annexed to the Pact.

The insights gathered from this consultation will contribute to the ECOSOC Youth Forum session titled: "Insights & Recommendations: The voices of Youth and Meaningful Youth Engagement in the Summit of the Future" at the ECOSOC Youth Forum (16-18 April 2024).  They will also feed into the Voices of Youth Report and the global youth policy paper on Summit of the Future. 

This discussion room is open from March 4-22, 2024 and is moderated by Sri Yeswanth (Yash) Tadimalla (SPI Youth Platform, World SPEED, LGBTI Group), Paola Flores (SDG 7 Youth Constituency) and Rewan Youssif (UNFPA).

Questions:

  1. How can inclusive ecosystems for innovation be created to support young entrepreneurs?
  2. How can we develop comprehensive strategies to bridge the digital divide, enhance digital literacy, ensure youth participation in ICT governance, and harness digital innovation for social good?
  3. How can we empower young people globally to access, navigate, and contribute to the digital world safely and equitably, regardless of their background?
  4. How can we design and implement a unified approach to enhance educational systems for future skills in the context of emerging technologies, to ensure equitable access, development, and benefit sharing across global communities.
  5. How can ethical considerations and sustainability be integrated into STI advancements to protect the interests of future generations?
  6. In shaping policies for digital governance, how can we ensure the participation of young people and leverage digital innovation while considering the long-term impact on future generations?
  7. How can we ensure that there are better linkages between the Pact for future and Global Digital Compact and Pact for future generations?

Comments (59)

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Thanks Rewan Youssif for the introduction and moderating week 2 ūü§©!

Now, let's start week 3 with the discussion in our workroom: Science, Technology and Innovation and Digital Cooperation!

I am Paola from Bolivia, and I am an indigenous engineer working in digitalization and I will be moderating this workroom in this last week of the consultation ūüí™ūüŹľ. 

I am really excited to hear your stories, challenges, ideas and concerns related to the topic all in the way to the Summit of the Future 2024. Let's our voice to be heard. 

Sri Yash Tadimalla
Sri Yash Tadimalla Moderator

Greetings and a Warm Welcome to Our Interactive Discussion on Science, Technology, Innovation, and Digital Cooperation! 

Hello, visionary minds and future leaders! 

My name is Sri Yeswanth (Yash) Tadimalla, and I'm beyond excited to co-moderate this vibrant space alongside the inspiring Paola Flores and Rewan Youssif.

As youth representatives, we want to dive deep into the role of youth in the context of Science, Technology, Innovation, and the pivotal realm of Digital Cooperation.

Please Look at these Links to feel better prepared for the Discussion: 

This forum is a crucial part of our journey towards the Summit of the Future in September, where the Pact for the Future and the Global Digital Compact will take shape, signifying a monumental step forward in our collective endeavor to redefine global governance.

From today, March 4th, until March 22nd, 2024, this space is yours to explore, question, and innovate. We're here to facilitate a rich exchange of ideas, to harness your unparalleled insights, and to co-create recommendations for discussion at the ECOSOC Youth Forum, scheduled from April 16th to 18th, 2024. 

ūüĒć Mentioned  above are some pivotal questions to spark our conversation

Let's embark on this journey together, Your voice is powerful‚ÄĒlet it be heard! 

Sri Yash Tadimalla
Sri Yash Tadimalla Moderator

Feel free to Respond or Answer all the 7 prompts at any time during the week.

For those who need bite-sized structure- Our first week kicks off with a focus on one of our seven pivotal questions every three days, starting with fostering inclusive ecosystems that empower young entrepreneurs and drive innovation. 

Day 1: Innovation Ecosystems for Youth

How can we establish inclusive ecosystems that nurture young entrepreneurs and foster innovation across every corner of the globe?

 

I will be the Moderator for the First Week of this Room. As we navigate this first week, I'm here to listen, engage, and facilitate our journey through these complex topics. Feel free to share your experiences, insights, and questions. 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Hola buen d√≠a soy 

  • Jonathan de Le√≥n es un guatemalteco hombre cisg√©nero, Joven gay, l√≠der, proactivo, entusiasta, comprometido con la salud emocional y mental del pa√≠s, leal y creador e innovador de programas y procesos de desarrollo curricular y extracurricular que impacta a ni√Īez, adolescencia y juventud. del pa√≠s con iniciativas digitales y modernas que mejoran el potencial de cada individuo. Amante de la psicolog√≠a, docente y con m√°s de 45 diplomados en diferentes tem√°ticas que lo convierten en un amante del aprendizaje y la ense√Īanza. Cuenta con un posgrado en atenci√≥n a ni√Īez v√≠ctima de violencia sexual. Dirijo una organizaci√≥n guatemalteca (centroamericana) llamada Jolu de Guatemala la cu√°l funde con los ejes principales en adolescencia, juventud, comunidad LGBT+ y salud mental, con enfoque en la prevenci√≥n del suicidio. Tengo 28 a√Īos, mucho gusto mi Instagram es: @Jonavoluntario
Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Hola Jhonatan que gusto ver representaci√≥n latina en esta sala! ¬°Tienes una trayectoria incre√≠ble! Cu√©ntanos c√≥mo ves desde tu experiencia que la educaci√≥n y programas pueden ayudar a generar espacios inclusivos de emprendimiento? 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Paola Flores  con respecto a tu pregunta: ¬ŅCu√©ntanos c√≥mo ves desde tu experiencia que la educaci√≥n y programas pueden ayudar a generar espacios inclusivos de emprendimiento? Creo que lo mencionaba anteriormente, sobre que en Guatemala tenemos una gran desactualizaci√≥n t√©cnica en herramientas digitales. Entonces en definitiva que la educaci√≥n y los programas inicialmente nos pondr√°n al corriente de como el resto del mundo esta viviendo la tecnolog√≠a.

Luego nos permitir√° ser competitivos en el mundo de los negocios a trav√©s de una adecuada inversi√≥n para que los negocios apliquen m√°s digitalizaci√≥n a sus procesos de d√≠a. 

Creo que como país tenemos un camino largo por recorrer, pero estoy seguro que podemos hacerlo, si existe voluntad política de no dejar a nadie atras.

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Hola! Allillan! Hi everyone I am Paola from Bolivia, and I am indigenous woman working in a tech startup of logistic. I will be a co-Moderator alongside Sri Yeswanth (Yash) Tadimalla and Rewan Youssif.

Today's question is crucial! We need young entrepreneurs for economic and social development in our countries. 

Investing in the creation of inclusive innovation ecosystems is crucial to support young entrepreneurs. And from my personal experience it entails:

  1. Promoting diversity: Governments should establish specific funding programs for women, indigenous peoples, LGBTQI+ individuals, and other underrepresented communities in entrepreneurship.

  2. Entrepreneurship education: It's critical to integrate entrepreneurship and innovation education at all levels to foster an entrepreneurial culture from an early age.

  3. Improvements in economic policies: Implementing policies that reduce taxes and promote trade agreements to support the growth of youth-led startups.

  4. Internationalization: Facilitating opportunities for international collaboration and access to global markets so that young entrepreneurs can expand their businesses beyond local borders.

What do you think?ūü§©ūü§©

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Totalmente de acuerdo contigo, creo que el termino "VOLUNTAD POL√ćTICA" es algo que nos atraviesa a todas y todos. Los pa√≠ses est√°n atravesando duras realidades en la democracia, sobre todo en latinoam√©rica.

Por eso creo mucho en lo que mencionas sobre mejoras de pol√≠ticas econ√≥micas, yo partir√≠a de all√≠ para que todos los otros items est√©n alineados. 

Y estoy super de acuerdo con esto: 

  1. Promoci√≥n de la diversidad: Los gobiernos deben establecer programas de financiaci√≥n espec√≠ficos para mujeres, pueblos ind√≠genas, personas LGBTQI+ y otras comunidades subrepresentadas en el √°mbito empresarial.

Creo que lo describiste de una manera super clara. 

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Totalmente, coincido con este enfoque! Para lograr estos avances de inversi√≥n para emprendedores es necesario la denominada Voluntad pol√≠tica y pol√≠ticas de igualdad. 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Hola buenos días, compartiré mi respuesta a cada una de las preguntas, luego responderé los comentarios de nuestros moderadores. Saludos cordiales.

1. ¬ŅC√≥mo se pueden crear ecosistemas inclusivos de innovaci√≥n para apoyar a los j√≥venes emprendedores? Creo que en Guatemala inicialmente necesitamos con URGENCIA una actualizaci√≥n curricular que nos permita ponernos al corriente con las herramientas tecnol√≥gicas, es importante que nuestros adolescentes y j√≥venes tengan las capacidades fortalecidas en torno a las aceleradas actualizaciones tecnol√≥gicas. 

Una vez hayamos logrado esta actualización ministerial, becas internacionales que nos permita competir por no solo aprender si no poner en práctica dichos conocimientos (tipo pasantías) creo que nos permitiría promover el desarrollo y la innovación tecnológica.

Proveyendo de esta manera, en un mediano plazo, las habilidades y capacidades t√©cnicas para que los j√≥venes puedan emprender y ser competitivos en el mundo de los negocios. 

 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

2. ¬ŅC√≥mo podemos desarrollar estrategias integrales para cerrar la brecha digital,

Como mencionaba anteriormente con una actualizaci√≥n curricular, en Guatemala se llama CNB (Curr√≠culo Nacional Base) que es un compendio de temas, competencias y estrategias que se utilizan en la ense√Īanza p√ļblica y se sugieren para la ense√Īanza privada. Creo que desarrollar un documento gu√≠a (madre) que nos pueda brindar conceptos, teor√≠as, ideas, entre otras a nivel pa√≠s para la implementaci√≥n en red creo que nos puede servir. 

mejorar la alfabetización digital,

Creo que utilizando la oportunidad que se tiene con los "influencers" nos podr√≠a ayudar a desarrollar contenido que quede en una especie de biblioteca virtual gratuita, donde de manera creativa, asequible y multiling√ľe pueda mejorar la alfabetizaci√≥n digital. 

garantizar la participación de los jóvenes en la gobernanza de las TIC

En el caso de Guatemala debemos de iniciar con la gobernanza de las TIC, eso actualmente no esta legislado y menos ejecutado. Cada quien puede hacer lo que quiere. Al tener esa norma, luego podemos ver como incluir a los j√≥venes. 

y aprovechar la innovaci√≥n digital para el bien social? 

Creo que en Guatemala ni nos imaginamos la gran herramienta que la tecnología puede ser en torno al apoyo social. Pero creo que con el manual propuesto anteriormente podríamos tener una idea de por donde apostarle a la tecnología como país y que esto impacte de manera significativa en las necesidades de las y los guatemaltecos.

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

3. ¬ŅC√≥mo podemos empoderar a los j√≥venes de todo el mundo para que accedan, naveguen y contribuyan al mundo digital de manera segura y equitativa, independientemente de sus or√≠genes? 

Una adecuada inversi√≥n para la accesibilidad a herramientas tecnol√≥gicas para que todas las juventudes puedan inicialmente poder acceder al mundo digital. 

Luego de contar con las herramientas, conecto esta pregunta con la anterior sobre el tema de la capacitaci√≥n (biblioteca digital) para que las juventudes puedan actualizarse en como navegar, quiz√° de una podr√≠a haber contenido de ciberseguridad. 

Creo que la difusión más directa, continua, clara y masiva en redes sociales de los riesgos, consecuencias, peligros y demás a nivel individual, familiar, comunitarios, empresarial, como país que existe el tema de la actualización digital y como mejorar la protección ante dichos temas sería vital para ese navegar seguro.

Hablar√≠a tambi√©n de convenios con las grandes plataformas de navegaci√≥n como Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok para el trabajo conjunto del aumento y mejora de los procesos de seguridad. 

 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

4. ¬ŅC√≥mo podemos dise√Īar e implementar un enfoque unificado para mejorar los sistemas educativos para las habilidades futuras en el contexto de las tecnolog√≠as emergentes, para garantizar el acceso equitativo, el desarrollo y la distribuci√≥n de beneficios en todas las comunidades globales?

Anteriormente mencionaba el tema de un manual, una biblioteca digital de videos (usando creadores de contenido), el pago de consultores internacionales que capaciten a ministerio de educaci√≥n de cada pa√≠s y eso permita alinear el contenido en materia digital que cada pa√≠s deber√≠a implementar en su sistema de educaci√≥n. 

Sin embargo eso solo menciona el tema de actualizaci√≥n informativa. Recomendar√≠a que como "premio" a los ministerios de educaci√≥n que implementen su sistema de actualizaci√≥n, se les de un donativo de XX cantidad de herramientas tecnol√≥gicas (tel√©fonos, computadoras, tablets, u otros) para que administren, presten, actualicen, mantengan y que distribuyan de manera equitativa en los lugares m√°s alejados de los cascos urbanos, garantizando que aquellos quienes no tienen para su herramienta individual propia, puedan tener acceso a la misma de manera gratuita.

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

5. ¬ŅC√≥mo se pueden integrar las consideraciones √©ticas y la sostenibilidad en los avances en CTI para proteger los intereses de las generaciones futuras?

Desconozco la respuesta a esta pregunta.

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Gracias por todo tu entusiasmo en responder todas las preguntas ūüėé! Para responder esta pregunta a m√≠ me sirvi√≥ esta gu√≠a 

https://sdgs.un.org/sites/default/files/2021-07/guidebook_Spanish_web_single_pages.pdf

 

Y, creo que principalmente lo que yo aportar√≠a es que en el marco de la √©tica y las CTI, es que la informaci√≥n que se genere debe ser transparente para todos y todas desde la recopilaci√≥n, an√°lisis y comunicaci√≥n de resultados tecnol√≥gicos, todos estos recursos deber√≠an ser accesibles para todas las generaciones.  ¬ŅQu√© opinas? Jonathan de Le√≥n

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Paola Flores  Totalmente de acuerdo y yo agregar√≠a que no solo accesibles si no con un lenguaje:

1. en su idioma nativo

2. f√°cil de comprender

Eso entonces permitirá promover la transparencia, ética y la inclusión.

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Paola Flores  Con respecto a la p√°gina que amablemente me compartes, el enlace me indica que no encuentra la p√°gina. 

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Jonathan de Le√≥n totalmente! La informaci√≥n en los idiomas nativos es superimportante, considerando que si queremos inclusi√≥n tecnol√≥gica para emprendedores, la mayor√≠a de las oportunidades est√°n en ingl√©s, pero no siempre en Am√©rica Latina se tiene acceso a aprender m√°s idiomas. 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

6. Al formular pol√≠ticas para la gobernanza digital, ¬Ņc√≥mo podemos garantizar la participaci√≥n de los j√≥venes y aprovechar la innovaci√≥n digital, considerando al mismo tiempo el impacto a largo plazo en las generaciones futuras?

Yo creería que por medio de convenios adjuntos a las políticas, que tengan como OBLIGATORIO el incluir consultas a xx tiempo con juventudes sobre: actualizaciones, buenas practicas, necesidades, realidades comunitarias, entre muchos otros temas.

Adicional promover√≠a que en la direcci√≥n de los equipos de ejecuci√≥n de la pol√≠tica se contemple a por lo menos un 45% de personal joven para la actualizaci√≥n, ejecuci√≥n y distribuci√≥n de la tecnolog√≠a. Agregar√≠a que el personal joven tenga paridad entre hombres, mujeres, pueblos originarios, comunidad LGBT+ entre otras. 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

7. ¬ŅC√≥mo podemos garantizar que existan mejores v√≠nculos entre el Pacto para el futuro y el Pacto Digital Mundial y el Pacto para las generaciones futuras? 

Me falta leer los pactos, alguien sabe dónde puedo encontrarlos? No podría ahora mismo responder esta pregunta.

Ray
Ray

Empowering young people globally, including those from least developed countries, to access, navigate, and contribute to the digital world safely and equitably requires

1. Ensure that access to digital tools and services is affordable for young people in least-developed countries, e.g., offer free access and incentives to educational content and essential services

2. Encourage young people from least-developed countries to create and share digital content that reflects their perspectives, cultures, and experiences, promote diversity and inclusion in online content creation, such as storytelling workshops, media literacy programs, and funding opportunities for youth-led media projects 

3. Establish free accessible mentorship programs and online support networks where young people can receive guidance, mentorship, and peer-to-peer support in navigating the digital world

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Hi Ray first thanks for your responses ‚ö°ūüíĽ and your enthusiasm! Please continue engaging!

1. About your point of view, I agree, adding this measure also should be followed by secure and reliable access to an internet connection for rural or far communities of big cities. For example, in Latin America, every 3 of 10 people does not have access to the internet. But even the situation is more worrying in regions as Asia an Africa. Image removed.

3. I see it amazing your insight, because I think there is no better way to empower youth that sharing and creating experiences of collaboration between regions through digital spaces, adding I think to do it we need to inject the basics of ethical communication, respect, and morality as policies of interaction in digital spaces alongside this should be taught to youth while interacting in these spaces. 

What do you think?

Nazrin Aliyeva
Nazrin Aliyeva

Hi! My name is Nazrin and I am from Azerbaijan. I would like to answer third question. 

Empowering young people globally to access, navigate, and contribute to the digital world safely and equitably requires a multi-faceted approach. In my opinion, one of the most important aspects is Digital Literacy Education. Implement comprehensive digital literacy programs in schools and communities to equip young people with the skills to navigate the digital world safely, critically evaluate information, and protect their privacy online. By integrating elements like Pricacy and Security awareness, Critical thinking, Media literacy and Online etiquette into digital literacy education programs, we can empower young people to navigate the complexities of the digital world with confidence, resilience, and a sense of agency. Digital literacy is a dynamic and evolving field, and young people need to develop a mindset of continuous learning and adaptation to keep pace with technological advancements. Digital literacy education emphasizes the importance of staying updated on emerging technologies, learning new digital skills, and adapting to changing digital landscapes to thrive in the digital age.

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Nazrin Aliyeva thanks a lot for your inputs! They are really inspiring ūüėé

What you mentioned made me think this Digital Literacy in our current society that is and will 100% digital, connected and led by more technology innovations such us AI and ML, youth will need to accelerate their digital skills to understand and adapt to the tendencies but also as a social, job and economic need. 

In this sense, I think also the current curriculum grids for education in schools and universities should continue to be updated and have more investment of public governments to invest in more specialized technical education to youth in all the levels of education. What would you think?

Sri Yash Tadimalla
Sri Yash Tadimalla Moderator

4 days in !!!! 
Please answer the questions if you haven't already 
 

  1. How can we develop comprehensive strategies to bridge the digital divide, enhance digital literacy, ensure youth participation in ICT governance, and harness digital innovation for social good?
Sri Yash Tadimalla
Sri Yash Tadimalla Moderator

Hi,

Huge thanks to everyone who contributed to our rich discussions in week 1! We heard from Paola from Bolivia, Jonathan de Le√≥n, and Nazrin Aliyeva from Azerbaijan, and Rayfrom USA. This week, we delved into the essentials of creating inclusive innovation ecosystems to support young entrepreneurs, emphasizing the promotion of diversity, entrepreneurship education, improvements in economic policies, and internationalization. The discussions highlighted the need for political will, updates in education curriculums to include technology, enhancing digital literacy, ensuring youth participation in ICT governance, and integrating ethical considerations in technology. We also discussed the importance of making technology and information accessible in native languages and addressed the need for comprehensive strategies to empower young people globally to safely and equitably navigate and contribute to the digital world.

Rewan Youssif will be your moderator for week 2, and we look forward to engaging with you further. We are open to hearing all of your responses, feedback, and questions!

Thanks again!

Abdinasir Addow
Abdinasir Addow

I would like to thank you also Discuss inputs to the informal consultations on Science, Technology, Innovation and Digital Cooperation for the Summit of the Future.  

 

 

 

As an intergovernmental organization focused on advancing and strengthening democracy around the world, we look at technology through the lens of democracy.  

 

 

 

We recognize the enormous potential of technology, including AI, for strengthening and renewing democracy. Digital technologies lower the cost of collective action. They create new arenas for civic engagement and communication. They provide a channel through which people, including marginalized segments of the population, can make their voices heard, influence policies, and hold governments to account. They enable democratic innovations that enrich representative democracy with participatory tools. They improve the flow of information in society. And they can bring decision-makers closer to voters.  

 

 

 

However, we know that new technologies and AI can also aggravate threats to democracy and human rights. Not least among the risks is the spread of disinformation, hate speech and online harassment towards vulnerable groups: manipulating public opinion, distorting election outcomes, and making polarization deeper and more toxic. Algorithms may expedite decision-making, but they can also block accountability, entrench bias, and exploit personal data for surveillance and control. Moreover, the development, ownership and control of these systems by a few private organizations places this critical democratic infrastructure in the hands of non-democratically elected actors.  

 

 

 

We therefore urge the zero draft of the Summit of the Future to recognize digital technologies as essential democratic infrastructure. We also encourage this Assembly to consider the recommendations in the Secretary-General‚Äôs policy brief to enhance digital trust and security, through the following democratic principles: 1) inclusive and diverse participation, encouraging Member States to adopt multistakeholder approaches to develop and implement norms and guidelines on the responsible use of digital technologies and AI, including those that explicitly aim to strengthen democracy, such as online voting; 2) building on good democratic practices, develop robust and transparent accountability criteria and codes of standards for digital platforms and users, to address disinformation, hate speech and other harmful online content, without undermining other democratic rights such as free expression, and while ensuring independent oversight; 3) invest in digital literacy to increase resilience against disinformation; 4) consider the call by the High-level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism to seek convergence on principles for data governance through a Global Data Compact and the development of a declaration on data rights; and to ensure data protection by enhancing control by people over the use of their personal data, including opt-out choices, interoperability, data portability and encryption options; and 5) increase trust and ensure transparency by requesting both public and private providers to openly share the development of their codes or algorithms.  

 

 

 

We also urge the Summit of the Future to adequately address the risks that AI poses for democracy and to ensure that AI data, systems, and business models are based on the democratic principles of transparency, accountability, inclusion, equity, protection of human rights and rule of law. Echoing the recommendations of the Center for AI and Digital Policy, we ask this Assembly to consider a comprehensive legally binding convention for AI that goes beyond voluntary principles. We urge countries to harmonize existing guidelines and enable multi-stakeholder conversations with a diverse group of policymakers, scientists, the private sector, and civil society to develop jointly agreed standards, policies, regulations, and practical solutions. These efforts should enshrine democratic principles in all phases of AI system development and create robust mechanisms for independent oversight of AI systems.

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Abdinasir Addow thanks for your ideas they give an interesting point of view different from what we have not seen, focused on:

1. Establishing country members to define guidelines for AI usage. 

2. Measure of traceability. 

3. Invest in digital literacy. 

4. A call to private and public organizations to unify their technology and give full traceability. 

How do you the use of AI will impact directly in the policy and more specifically in your country in the next decade?

Rewan Youssif
Rewan Youssif Moderator

Hi,

Huge thanks to everyone who contributed to our rich discussions in week 2! 

From breakthroughs in healthcare and renewable energy to the digital transformation of industries, the potential for innovation to drive positive change knows no bounds. As we look towards the Summit of the Future, it becomes increasingly clear that embracing and leveraging science, technology, and innovation will be central to shaping a sustainable and equitable future for generations to come.

Paola Flores will be your moderator for week 3, and we look forward to engaging with you further. We are open to hearing all of your responses, feedback, and questions!

Thanks again!

Stevens MONTISSOL
Stevens MONTISSOL

Salut à tous,

Je suis Stevens MONTISSOL, un jeune leader ha√Įtien passionn√© et fortement engag√© sur le plan social , avec une passion accrue pour l'innovation technologique. Mon engagement est centr√© sur la promotion de la culture num√©rique et l'inclusion num√©rique en Ha√Įti et dans toute la Cara√Įbe.

En tant que professionnel aguerri du secteur technologique, mon objectif est de rendre les avanc√©es num√©riques accessibles √† tous. Mon parcours t√©moigne de ma dynamique, de ma cr√©ativit√© et de mon d√©vouement. En tant qu'enseignant IT engag√©, je crois fermement au partage de mes connaissances, et mes interventions lors de conf√©rences et de s√©minaires sp√©cialis√©s ont impact√© plus de 1000 participants  chaque ann√©es de tous horizons.

Orienté vers l'avenir, mon ambition est de devenir un expert en intelligence artificielle tout en favorisant l'intégration technologique au service de ma communauté. Mon désir constant d'apprentissage et ma volonté de repousser mes limites alimentent ma quête pour contribuer de manière significative à l'évolution technologique et au bien-être collectif.

Les objectifs de d√©veloppement durable 4, 5 et 9 r√©sument bien la mission √† laquelle je me d√©die, avec mon engagement √† impacter positivement ma communaut√© et √† contribuer √† fa√ßonner un monde o√Ļ il fait bon vivre pour tous.

Ravi de pouvoir participer à cette discussion !

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Hi Ravi thanks, totally we need to unify all the processes with a clear vision, if you would take the leadership to open a new market what would you do to make it happen?

Stevens MONTISSOL
Stevens MONTISSOL

Réponses aux questions :

1-R) Pour créer des écosystèmes inclusifs pour l’innovation pour soutenir les jeunes entrepreneurs ,on doit :

  • Encourager la collaboration entre les acteurs de l'√©cosyst√®me, notamment les entreprises, les gouvernements, les universit√©s et les organisations de la soci√©t√© civile.
  • Cr√©er des espaces de travail collaboratifs et des incubateurs pour soutenir les jeunes entrepreneurs.
  • Fournir un acc√®s au financement et aux ressources pour les jeunes entrepreneurs.
  • Promouvoir l'√©ducation et la formation aux comp√©tences entrepreneuriales.
  • Encourager la diversit√© et l'inclusion dans l'√©cosyst√®me de l'innovation.

2-R) Nous pouvons:

  • Am√©liorer l'acc√®s √† Internet et aux technologies num√©riques dans les zones rurales et les communaut√©s d√©favoris√©es.
  • Encourager l'√©ducation et la formation aux comp√©tences num√©riques pour tous les groupes d'√Ęge.
  • Promouvoir la participation des jeunes √† la gouvernance des TIC en cr√©ant des plateformes de dialogue et de collaboration. ( Tr√®s important dans mon cas pour mes objectifs dans le domaine pour Ha√Įti et la r√©gion des Cara√Įbes )
  • Encourager l'utilisation de l'innovation num√©rique pour r√©soudre les probl√®mes sociaux et environnementaux.
  • √Člaborer des politiques de gouvernance num√©rique inclusives et √©quitables.

3-R) Pour cela on doit :

  • Am√©liorer l'acc√®s √† Internet et aux technologies num√©riques dans les zones rurales et les communaut√©s d√©favoris√©es.
  • Encourager l'√©ducation et la formation aux comp√©tences num√©riques pour tous les groupes d'√Ęge.
  • Promouvoir la diversit√© et l'inclusion dans le monde num√©rique. (J'ai une id√©e de projet pour repondre √† ce dernier en Haiti.)
  • Encourager la collaboration internationale pour r√©duire la fracture num√©rique mondiale.
  • √Člaborer des politiques de gouvernance num√©rique inclusives et √©quitables.

4-R) On doit :

  • Encourager la collaboration internationale pour √©laborer des normes et des directives communes en mati√®re d'√©ducation aux comp√©tences futures.
  • Promouvoir l'√©ducation et la formation tout au long de la vie pour s'adapter aux changements technologiques.
  • Encourager l'utilisation de technologies √©ducatives innovantes pour am√©liorer l'acc√®s et la qualit√© de l'√©ducation.
  • Promouvoir l'√©quit√© et l'inclusion dans l'√©ducation aux comp√©tences futures.
  • Encourager la participation des parties prenantes, y compris les jeunes et les communaut√©s locales, dans l'√©laboration et la mise en Ňďuvre des politiques √©ducatives.

5-R) Pour cela ,il faut :

  • Encourager la recherche et le d√©veloppement de technologies durables et respectueuses de l'environnement.
  • Promouvoir l'utilisation de technologies √©thiques et responsables.
  • Encourager la participation des parties prenantes, y compris les jeunes et les g√©n√©rations futures, dans l'√©laboration et la mise en Ňďuvre des politiques de STI.
  • Int√©grer les consid√©rations √©thiques et de durabilit√© dans l'√©ducation et la formation aux comp√©tences STI.
  • √Člaborer des politiques de gouvernance STI inclusives et √©quitables.

6-R) Nous pouvons: 

  • Encourager la participation des jeunes √† la gouvernance num√©rique en cr√©ant des plateformes de dialogue et de collaboration.
  • Promouvoir l'utilisation de l'innovation num√©rique pour r√©soudre les probl√®mes sociaux et environnementaux.
  • √Člaborer des politiques de gouvernance num√©rique inclusives et √©quitables.
  • Encourager la recherche et le d√©veloppement de technologies durables et respectueuses de l'environnement.
  • Int√©grer les consid√©rations √©thiques et de durabilit√© dans l'√©ducation et la formation aux comp√©tences num√©riques.

7-R) On doit:

  • Encourager la collaboration et la coordination entre les parties prenantes des trois pactes.
  • √Člaborer des politiques et des strat√©gies communes pour atteindre les objectifs des trois pactes.
  • Promouvoir la participation des jeunes et des g√©n√©rations futures dans l'√©laboration et la mise en Ňďuvre des politiques et des strat√©gies.
  • Encourager la recherche et le d√©veloppement de technologies durables et respectueuses de l'environnement pour atteindre les objectifs des trois pactes.
  • Assurer la transparence et la responsabilit√© dans la mise en Ňďuvre des politiques et des strat√©gies des trois pactes.
     

Ajout personnel : En tant que jeune professionnel du num√©rique, je suis convaincu que la technologie peut √™tre un outil puissant pour fa√ßonner un avenir meilleur pour tous. C'est pourquoi je suis ravi d'avoir eu l'opportunit√© de participer √† cette consultation et de contribuer √† la r√©flexion sur les enjeux du num√©rique pour les g√©n√©rations futures.

Je suis particuli√®rement sensible aux d√©fis auxquels sont confront√©s les jeunes de mon pays, Ha√Įti, et de la r√©gion des Cara√Įbes en mati√®re d'acc√®s √† la technologie et √† l'√©ducation num√©rique. Dans un contexte o√Ļ les infrastructures sont souvent pr√©caires et o√Ļ les ressources sont limit√©es, il est essentiel de trouver des solutions innovantes pour garantir l'inclusion num√©rique de tous.C'est pourquoi je suis convaincu que la cr√©ativit√© et l'innovation sont des moteurs essentiels pour relever ces d√©fis.

En participant √† cette consultation, je repr√©sente non seulement ma propre voix, mais aussi celles de mes pairs (Ha√Įtiens et Caribbean) qui partagent ma vision d'un monde o√Ļ la technologie est un levier puissant pour le progr√®s social et √©conomique.

En tant que passionné de technologie, je suis constamment à la recherche de nouvelles façons de repousser les limites de l'innovation et de trouver des solutions durables aux problèmes les plus pressants de notre société.

Je suis également convaincu que la science et la technologie doivent être mises au service de l'humain, et en particulier des générations futures. C'est pourquoi je suis engagé en faveur d'une approche éthique et responsable de l'innovation, qui tienne compte des impacts à long terme sur l'environnement et la société.

Je suis convaincu que la collaboration et le partage des connaissances sont des éléments clés pour faire progresser la science et la technologie. C'est pourquoi je suis toujours prêt à participer à des initiatives collectives et à nouer des partenariats avec des acteurs engagés dans la promotion d'un avenir numérique plus équitable et plus durable.

Je suis fier d'avoir pu apporter ma contribution à cette consultation et j'attends avec impatience les résultats finaux. Je suis convaincu que cette initiative est une étape importante pour construire un avenir numérique plus inclusif et plus durable pour tous, et je suis déterminé à poursuivre mon engagement en faveur de cet objectif.

 

Stevens MONTISSOL

Ha√Įti 

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Let's start with the first question related to inclusive environments for young entrepreneurs. 

"Inclusive entrepreneurship policies seek to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to create a successful and sustainable business, regardless of gender, age, place of birth, work status or other personal characteristics" (OECD, 2023). 

This is a definition about inclusive entrepreneurship, do you agree or disagree with this?, if you disagree, how do you think we would need to build it? ūü§Ē I am enthusiastic to hear your ideas. 
 

Irene Siaw_
Irene Siaw_

I agree with the definition for inclusive entrepreneurship Paola Flores  

I think that the following measures can help us contribute to inclusive entrepreneurship;

- Create and spread training/information about entrepreneurship in languages that will cater to a wider range of individuals than they currently do

-Provide more opportunities for either speed mentorship (and longer mentorship sessions where possible), for entrepreneurs,  so that the entrepreneurs who are now building, can learn from more experienced entrepreneurs in the field. To enhance inclusivity, it would be a good idea for these mentorship platforms to be physical as well.

-Create periodic, platforms that are both locally and internationally acccessible, where new entrepreneurs can share what they're working on, and get feedback from more seasoned entrepreneurs in their field 

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Irene Siaw_ thanks for giving your ideas in this workroom ‚̧ԳŹ, you have very important points that I see very important:

  • Providing entrepreneurship materials in our native languages is crucial for inclusivity, particularly in regions where not everyone has the opportunity to learn a second language.
  • Breaking down borders between countries is essential to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among young entrepreneurs, enriching our understanding and promoting innovation.

What other challenges did you find to build an inclusive environment for youth?

Abdinasir Addow
Abdinasir Addow

Inclusive  environment  for young  entrepreneurs 

Inclusive entrepreneurship policies aim to ensure that all people, regardless of their personal characteristics and background, have an opportunity to start and run their own businesses. Governments can do more to unlock the entrepreneurial potential among groups such as women, immigrants, youth, seniors, the unemployed and people who experience disability.

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Hi Abdinasir Addow! Thank you for sharing this idea, as it holds true! Governments can foster such environments, where inclusivity ensures equal opportunities for all aspiring entrepreneurs!‚ö°

What do you think should be the principal actions to achieve it?

Jonathan luders luders St-vil
Jonathan luders luders St-vil

Cr√©er des √©cosyst√®mes inclusifs pour l'innovation soutenant les jeunes entrepreneurs en Ha√Įti : Encourager la cr√©ation de clusters d'innovation o√Ļ les jeunes entrepreneurs ha√Įtiens peuvent collaborer, partager des id√©es et b√©n√©ficier de mentorat et de soutien financier.

Organiser des concours et des événements de pitch pour mettre en lumière les innovations locales et créer des opportunités de financement et de partenariats.

√Čtablir des programmes de mentorat personnalis√©s qui tiennent compte des d√©fis sp√©cifiques auxquels sont confront√©s les entrepreneurs ha√Įtiens, en mettant l'accent sur le renforcement des comp√©tences entrepreneuriales et technologiques.

√Člaborer des strat√©gies globales pour r√©duire la fracture num√©rique et exploiter l'innovation num√©rique pour le bien social :Mettre en place des initiatives de sensibilisation num√©rique dans les communaut√©s ha√Įtiennes, en utilisant des approches interactives et cr√©atives pour favoriser l'apprentissage et l'adoption des technologies.

Cr√©er des espaces de co-cr√©ation o√Ļ les jeunes ha√Įtiens peuvent contribuer √† la conception de solutions num√©riques r√©pondant √† des besoins locaux, comme l'acc√®s √† l'√©ducation et aux soins de sant√©.

Impliquer les jeunes dans la gouvernance des TIC en organisant des forums et des consultations o√Ļ ils peuvent exprimer leurs besoins, leurs pr√©occupations et leurs id√©es pour une utilisation √©thique et inclusive de la technologie.

Concevoir une approche unifi√©e pour am√©liorer les syst√®mes √©ducatifs et garantir un acc√®s √©quitable aux b√©n√©fices des technologies √©mergentes en Ha√Įti :D√©velopper des programmes d'√©ducation num√©rique int√©grant des comp√©tences num√©riques, entrepreneuriales et de pens√©e critique, adapt√©es au contexte ha√Įti.

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Quand il s'agit d'entrepreneuriat, quel devrait √™tre le premier pas? Former les futurs entrepreneurs ou soutenir les jeunes entrepreneurs actuels? Je pense que Jonathan luders luders St-vil tu as r√©pondu √† cela, en affirmant que nous avons besoin des deux, merci pour cette id√©e, de nombreux pays ont des clusters d'innovation et ils devraient √™tre promus par les gouvernements avec l'aide de diff√©rentes organisations pour l'√©ducation et le secteur priv√©, tu as √©galement mentionn√© l'alphab√©tisation num√©rique pour l'adoption de la technologie.

De mon point de vue, ce fait est la cl√© de l'avenir... nous avons besoin que les jeunes comprennent la technologie pour identifier les probl√®mes qu'ils rencontrent et commencer √† construire des solutions bas√©es sur leurs exp√©riences‚ÄĮ! ūü§Ē

Wajdi  Al-Qadasi
Wajdi Al-Qadasi

Thank you very much, my dear colleagues. I just want to offer a modest vision for digital innovation for young people. The answer is the first paragraph of this: Creating comprehensive ecosystems to support young entrepreneurs requires a set of procedures and policies that promote innovation and provide the necessary support for young people who want to start their own projects. Here are some steps that can be taken to create these ecosystems: Providing financial support: Providing soft loans and cash grants to young people who want to start their own projects, in addition to providing capital and investment financing through venture capital funds for startups. Education and training: Providing specialized educational and training programs In entrepreneurship and business management for young people, including workshops, lectures and training courses. Innovative spaces and innovation centers: Establishing co-working spaces and innovation centers that provide a suitable environment for young people to develop their ideas and exchange knowledge and experiences. Legal and administrative support: Providing legal and administrative support for young people in areas such as establishing Companies, licensing, and contract management. Access to social networks and relationships: Providing opportunities for young people to build their social networks and connect with investors and potential subscribers through network events, conferences and exhibitions. Encouraging social innovation: Providing support for projects that aim to solve social and environmental problems through innovation. And entrepreneurship. Providing technical and technological resources: Providing access to advanced technological and technical resources that young people need to develop and implement their ideas. By implementing these steps, an appropriate and comprehensive environment can be created to support young entrepreneurs and promote innovation and economic growth. thank you very much.

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Hi Wajdi Al-Qadasi!

Oh! Thanks for your thoughts! What I most clicked with is about legal support to youth entrepreneurs, I think in the workroom we defined that inclusivity means for everyone, and not all youth are experts in this field that is obliged to proceed with by governments and support is crucial for initiating and maintaining the youth ecosystem. 

Also to support more your ideas I shared there with everyone some good practices to build this networks our organizations and governments should follow up. ūüėé

Wajdi  Al-Qadasi
Wajdi Al-Qadasi

2- To develop comprehensive strategies to bridge the digital divide, enhance digital literacy, youth participation in technology management, and harness digital innovation to achieve social good, the following steps can be followed:

 

 1. Awareness and training: Providing awareness and training programs about digital technology for youth and society in general, including access to the Internet, use of smart devices, and development of digital skills.

 

 2. Access to digital infrastructure: Providing the necessary infrastructure to access high-speed Internet in remote and deprived areas, and providing the necessary devices to enable access.

 

 3. Promoting digital innovation: Supporting youth in developing technical solutions and innovations that solve specific social problems, and encouraging the spirit of innovation and digital entrepreneurship.

 

 4. Encouraging participation and interaction: creating digital platforms and online communities to exchange knowledge and experiences and collaborate on technological projects.

 

 5. Encouraging digital education: Providing free and open digital educational resources for all, and promoting the use of technology in learning and teaching processes.

 

 6. Transparency and data protection: Ensuring transparency in the use of technology, protecting the privacy of personal data, and enhancing trust in the digital environment.

 

 7. Partnerships and Collaborations: Build partnerships with governments, companies, NGOs, and civil society to exchange knowledge, resources, and expertise in digital technology and social innovation.

 

 As part of the overall strategy, these steps must be supported by government policies and sustainable investments to ensure success and positive impact on society and the economy.

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Wajdi Al-Qadasi  you are right! These steps should be followed by any organization aiming to support youth in any field. What resonates most with me from your ideas is the emphasis on "Partnership and Collaboration". For this, it's imperative that we urge our organizations and governments to actively promote and strengthen their partnerships for sustained support towards the future of youth in the tech space. ūü§©

Karangah
Karangah

Hello, I am Wanjiru Karangah from Kenya. I will contribute to the first question. 

To create inclusive ecosystems for innovation supporting young entrepreneurs, a multifaceted approach is necessary. This begins with providing access to comprehensive education and training programs tailored to entrepreneurship and technical skills, supplemented by mentorship opportunities. Access to funding, facilitated through grants, venture capital, and crowdfunding, is essential, particularly with a focus on supporting underrepresented groups and early-stage startups. Networking opportunities and mentorship programs are crucial for connecting young entrepreneurs with experienced professionals, fostering collaboration, and providing guidance. Establishing incubators and accelerators equipped with workspace and support services aids startups at various stages of development. Additionally, creating a supportive policy environment with reduced regulatory barriers and incentives encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. Promoting diversity and inclusion within the ecosystem ensures that all young entrepreneurs have equal opportunities to succeed. Providing access to infrastructure, technology, and fostering public-private partnerships further enhances the ecosystem's vibrancy and effectiveness in nurturing innovation and supporting young entrepreneurs on their journey to success.

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Hi Karanga!

Thanks for all your ideas!! Your insights about funding is amazing and sustains our last ideas but you add an interesting factor and it is the different kinds of funding to support youth and for this training is the first step. What do you think? ūüėģ

Yana Hederim
Yana Hederim

Dear all, my name is Yana, and I am the head of the HR department at the Ukrainian Youth Councils Association.

I am excited to join this vital conversation on Science, Technology, Innovation, and Digital Cooperation, key components of the third chapter of the Pact for the Future. These discussions will undoubtedly strengthen our preparedness for the upcoming Summit of the Future.

Here are my views on the questions presented:

1. Creating inclusive innovation ecosystems to support young entrepreneurs begins with access to education and resources, mentorship, and networking. It also requires removing barriers and establishing special support programs for entrepreneurs from vulnerable groups.

2. Addressing the digital divide demands comprehensive strategies that improve digital literacy, youth participation in ICT governance, and the use of digital innovation for social good. This implies ensuring access to technology, investing in education, and creating platforms for knowledge exchange.

3. Empowering young people globally in the digital world is crucial to ensure safe and equitable access to information technologies, which includes cyber security training, critical thinking development, and digital literacy.

4. Developing a unified approach to enhance educational systems for future skills in emerging technologies should include curriculum adaptation, ensuring equal access to resources, and collaboration between countries and organizations for knowledge and experience exchange.

5. Integrating ethical considerations and sustainability into science, technology, and innovation requires research transparency, development of accountability standards, and consideration of the long-term impacts of technological advancement on future generations.

6. Including young people in digital governance and innovation policy formulation is essential to ensure their decision-making participation and the development of technologies that consider future generations' interests.

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Yana Hederim your ideas made me think about new other ideas, especially the one of reinforcing youth about the technological advances in security training and also to help youth protect their data. ūü§©

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

First, team thanks all for your ideas! They are amazing and will be used in this and many other spaces ūüėé. 

Let's continue! Now let's talk about how can we design and implement a unified approach to enhance educational systems for future skills in the context of emerging technologies, to ensure equitable access, development, and benefit sharing across global communities?

I am enthusiastic to here your ideas!

Steve Willis
Steve Willis

I am excited to hear about the Summit of the Future 2024.

It is a great opportunity to provide some clarity and direction to a complex situation.

I am an engineer and have been working on large-scale climate solutions for some time ‚Äď this makes me less young, but give me more practical experience.

 

During the covid lockdowns, we started to use climate fiction as a modelling tool to better understand the climate crisis.

Asking questions like: What will it take to fix the whole climate crisis, not just small pieces? What are the key solutions? Do they join up sufficiently? Can it be done?

This produced a collection of positive-outcome, solution-focused, climate-fiction short stories that we shared with some pavilions at COP27.

https://www.greenstories.org.uk/anthology-for-cop27/

The collections was well received and explored a wide range of potential solutions in engaging short stories.

 

For COP28 we attended the conference in Dubai in person and gave presentations on positive visions, engaging narratives and engagement through climate fiction.

This generated enthusiastic discussions, with many delegates commenting,

‚ÄėThis is a great idea, a shared vision of a future that works. Why hasn‚Äôt it been done before?‚Äô

We also introduced ‚ÄėFairhaven, a Novel of Climate optimism‚Äô which weaves some of the stories from the anthology into a complete arc that follows the career of a young Malaysian engineer as she works on the largest climate adaptation project in the world (currently fictional), and then becomes involved in a range of large-scale initiatives that help to address the climate crisis. The solutions described in the book are currently at the innovation stage, are completely practicable and need funding to be developed, deployed, and used at scale

 

We have just completed the launch of the Fairhaven novel in Hong Kong.

It was well received and attracted a lot of interest from the wider audience, far beyond people with a pre-existing interest in the climate crisis.
There was an eagerness to hear about how the climate issues might be addressed, instead of the normal news of gloom and doom.

We sold every book we had.

 

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/genevieve-hilton-04a90_very-happy-to-announce-that-my-book-fairhaven-activity-7166305036338147328-AGlc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/genevieve-hilton-04a90_it-wasnt-on-purpose-that-we-launched-our-activity-7171770967688433664-pVl0?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop

 

I'm sure many of the members of this group would be very interested in this project.

In many ways, interested, engaged, youth are the target group.
A Summit of the Future looks like the perfect place to discuss such things.

 

The aim of Fairhaven is to share a vision of a future that works. A vision we can work towards, together.

As it says in the dedication ‚Äď ‚ÄėTo all those striving for a future that doesn‚Äôt suck.‚Äô

 

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Steve

Tomiwa Akinsanya DTH-Lab
Tomiwa Akinsanya DTH-Lab

Hello Everyone. It's great to read all the insightful inputs so far. I'm Tomiwa Akinsanya and I serve as the Project Coordinator for the Digital Transformations for Health Lab (DTH-Lab). I was ecstatic to see this group as it resonates with my passion for the field of digital health.

Below are responses to some of the questions asked above;

1. How can inclusive ecosystems for innovation be created to support young entrepreneurs?

I like to think of this question from a health perspective essentially creating an inclusive health ecosystem for young people

The emergence of digital technologies calls for a fresh perspective on health, necessitating that universal health coverage adapts to the evolving priorities and expectations of digitally connected populations, both present and future. 

Countries worldwide are now recognizing the impact of digitalization on health and well-being. As a result, they are actively transforming their health systems through digital innovations and prioritizing digital-first services, acknowledging the potential of digital technologies and data to advance universal health coverage. Whilst this is progressive, a significant challenge arises from the fact that disparities in digital access and digital, health, and civic literacy, combined with inadequate governance of digital technologies and data practices, are intensifying health inequities and impeding advancements toward creating inclusive health ecosystems for young people.

The Digital Transformations for Health Lab (DTH-Lab) is addressing the digital determinants of health, advancing value-driven governance approaches, and promoting data solidarity that can effectively be a strong enabler of a health-inclusive ecosystem for young people. 

2. How can we empower young people globally to access, navigate, and contribute to the digital world safely and equitably, regardless of their background?

The Digital Childhood Profiles published by the Digital Transformations for Health Lab (DTH-Lab) showcase profiles of young people who are digital natives from diverse backgrounds. Young people want to be protected from commercial exploitation and harmful content when they are online, to know how their health data are being collected and used, to give informed consent to the sharing of their data, and to be able to use online platforms that help them distinguish reliable health information from disinformation and misinformation.

To empower young people to achieve this, they should be included in initiatives that advance their knowledge and skills to manage their personal health and well-being in the digital world, including digital, health, and civic literacy and skills (i.e online safety knowledge tools) to navigate digital environments and exert greater informed control of their personal data; health education around physical activity, dietary habits, relationships, and products, such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; and quality education and skills that can enable them to be part of the future workforce, so that they can build future health and digital economies that meet their unique needs.

3. In shaping policies for digital governance, how can we ensure the participation of young people and leverage digital innovation while considering the long-term impact on future generations?

Equitable health benefits can only be gained from digital transformations when all people are able to critically engage with digital ecosystems and actively participate in their governance. When shaping policies for digital health governance, young people need  to play a part in decision making processes that affect their health futures, including the design and governance of digital health approaches and other digital and data-driven services. 

Additionally, young people need spaces to express their views and share their experiences about health and well-being, to shape and implement accountability mechanisms for governments and private actors, to have access to an enabling environment for youth-led innovation that can allow them to design their own health futures, and to be able to rely on affordable and universal internet connectivity to be able to play an active role in governance and innovation.

The summit of the future needs to emphasize the profound impact of digitalization on young people's futures. At present, digitalization and digital environments are not evolving with young people's health and well-being as a central consideration. Digital environments are not entirely healthy places for young people hence, how young people's futures will change in an increasingly digital world is largely unknown which is why we need to agree on common principles and values to underpin governance approaches and ensure diverse youth have seats at all decision-making tables.

4. How can we ensure that there are better linkages between the Pact for the future and Global Digital Compact and Pact for future generations?

Advocating for emphasis on young people's health and well-being in the Global Digital Compact, recognizing the significant impact of digital transformations on youth is crucial to address the potential benefits and risks of digital technologies in healthcare, ensuring equitable distribution of advantages and active engagement of young people in governance. Taking a generational and intersectional approach to digital cooperation is essential for improving lives for all. Diverse youth and underrepresented groups should be empowered to lead in digital governance, with investments in their digital, health, and civic literacy. 

 

 

Chehek Bilgi
Chehek Bilgi

Greetings from India. Thank you for this opportunity to contribute here. I feel this is a great platform to communicate and share your voices. As I have gone through some brilliant suggestions by different youths here I would like to add in some more suggestions from my side. 

Investing in digital literacy programs and initiatives targeting young people to enhance their understanding of digital technologies and provide training with the help of experienced personnels. With increase in technology and youths awareness and interest towards the same- establishing innovation hubs, incubators and maker spaces where young people can collaborate, experiment, and develop innovative solutions. It is also important to understand and support youth-led initiatives that harness digital technologies for social good and address pressing issues.

Bate Tabenyang Alaine
Bate Tabenyang Alaine

In my opinion;

  1. Inclusive ecosystems for innovation can be created to support young entrepreneurs by implementing the following strategies:
  • Providing access to funding and resources for young entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented groups such as women, minorities, and marginalized communities.
  • Creating mentorship programs and networking opportunities to connect young entrepreneurs with established professionals in their field.
  • Offering training and capacity-building programs on entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology to equip young people with the skills they need to succeed.
  • Encouraging collaboration and knowledge-sharing among young entrepreneurs through co-working spaces, incubators, accelerators, and other platforms.
  • Fostering a supportive regulatory environment that enables innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive, while also ensuring accountability and transparency.
  1. To bridge the digital divide, enhance digital literacy, ensure youth participation in ICT governance, and harness digital innovation for social good, comprehensive strategies can be developed by:
  • Investing in infrastructure and connectivity to expand access to digital technologies in underserved communities.
  • Providing digital skills training programs for young people to improve their literacy and competencies in using technology effectively.
  • Engaging young people in decision-making processes related to ICT governance at local, national, and global levels.
  • Encouraging the development of digital solutions for social challenges such as healthcare, education, and environmental sustainability.
  • Promoting ethical practices and responsible use of digital technologies to ensure the well-being of individuals and communities.
  1. Empowering young people globally to access, navigate, and contribute to the digital world safely and equitably can be achieved by:
  • Ensuring universal access to the internet and digital devices for all young people, regardless of their socioeconomic background.
  • Implementing policies and practices to protect young people from online risks such as cyberbullying, identity theft, and fraudulent activities.
  • Providing digital literacy education and training to equip young people with the knowledge and skills to use technology safely and responsibly.
  • Promoting digital inclusion and diversity in the tech industry to ensure that young people from all backgrounds have equal opportunities to participate and excel.
  • Collaborating with governments, civil society, and the private sector to create a supportive ecosystem for young people in the digital space.
  1. To enhance educational systems for future skills in the context of emerging technologies and ensure equitable access, development, and benefit sharing across global communities, a unified approach can be designed and implemented by:
  • Incorporating digital literacy, coding, and STEM education into school curricula to prepare young people for the digital economy.
  • Partnering with technology companies and industry leaders to develop training programs and certifications in emerging technologies.
  • Providing scholarships, grants, and other financial support to young people pursuing education and careers in STEM fields.
  • Encouraging lifelong learning and continuous skills development through online courses, workshops, and professional development opportunities.
  • Promoting collaboration and knowledge-sharing among educational institutions, governments, and industry partners to align curricula with industry needs and trends.
  1. Ethical considerations and sustainability can be integrated into STI advancements to protect the interests of future generations by:
  • Implementing principles of responsible innovation and ethical technology design to mitigate potential risks and negative impacts.
  • Incorporating sustainability criteria into the development and deployment of new technologies to minimize environmental harm and promote long-term sustainability.
  • Engaging with stakeholders, experts, and the public to assess the ethical implications of STI advancements and ensure transparent decision-making processes.
  • Establishing regulatory frameworks and guidelines to govern the ethical use of technology and promote social responsibility among tech companies.
  • Investing in research and education on ethics, sustainability, and social impact in STI to raise awareness and promote ethical values among future generations.
  1. To ensure the participation of young people in shaping policies for digital governance and leverage digital innovation while considering the long-term impact on future generations, the following measures can be taken:
  • Establishing youth advisory boards or councils to provide input and feedback on digital policies and initiatives.
  • Engaging young people in policy-making processes through consultations, workshops, and democratic forums to ensure their voices are heard.
  • Promoting digital literacy and civic engagement among young people to empower them to advocate for their rights and interests in the digital space.
  • Encouraging collaboration between youth organizations, governments, and industry stakeholders to co-create and implement digital governance frameworks.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of digital policies on young people and future generations to ensure they are effective and sustainable.
  1. Better linkages between the Pact for the Future and Global Digital Compact and Pact for future generations can be ensured by:
  • Aligning the objectives and priorities of the Pact for the Future and the Global Digital Compact to create synergies and maximize impact.
  • Establishing mechanisms for coordination and collaboration between the two initiatives to promote coherence and integration of efforts.
  • Engaging stakeholders from diverse sectors and backgrounds in the development and implementation of both agreements to ensure inclusivity and ownership.
  • Monitoring and reporting on progress towards the goals and targets of the Pact for the Future and the Global Digital Compact to track impact and drive accountability.
  • Promoting awareness and advocacy for the Pact for the Future and the Global Digital Compact among young people and the wider public to generate support and momentum for change.
Sonal_Gupta
Sonal_Gupta

Hello,

I am Sonal Gupta, a psychology major at Delhi University, India. I am the founder-president of Cyber Port Foundation, which is a youth-led organization working towards inculcating cybersecurity awareness among the youth.

We are living in a world where we are not just ordinary people but netizens. With the increase in the use of technology, cybercrime is committed every thirty seconds around the globe. Thus, to effectively combat this challenge, our systems need to be equipped with the ATTACK, DEFENSE, and RESPONSE strategy, and netizens need to be digitally empowered. I will explain this by answering the questions mentioned.

How can inclusive ecosystems for innovation be created to support young entrepreneurs? An inclusive space can only be created if a young entrepreneur:

A) A Young Mind should feels validated - This means that their visions, suggestions, and 'crazy ideas' should not be discarded, and given better direction

B) Is promised the right mentorship - Young leaders around the globe are only looking for someone to guide them to the right path without the fear of being exploited.

C) Creating a space that fosters respectful communication - I recently had the opportunity to attend Harvard University for a conference and interacted with Harvard students. Through my time there, I realized how crucial it is to make a safe space where everyone starts by little things like acknowledging the person's presence and being aware of different cultures, which is done through programs and getting names right. In this digital world where everything feels so connected, as humans, we are all majorly disconnected from ourselves, so creating a space where we socially feel valued is a way ahead.

How can we develop comprehensive strategies to bridge the digital divide, enhance digital literacy, ensure youth participation in ICT governance, and harness digital innovation for social good?

Girl Up clubs are famous around the world and are looked at as a means of working for women's empowerment. Similarly, I suggest the creation of clubs like Cyber Port clubs around the world under the UN, which act as a way for youth to engage with people of the same age, bringing digital literacy into the common narrative. It is as simple as when we talk about something, only then do we get to know about it. Thus, the creation of informative yet fun content becomes necessary in order to engage in social good. It is imperative for people to stay updated, and thus active initiatives and drives like this should be created.

How can we empower young people globally to access, navigate, and contribute to the digital world safely and equitably, regardless of their background?

In the current status quo, I believe the biggest issue is that there are no rules or globally accepted norms about digital behavior, and that is something of paramount importance. Although different countries have different cyber laws, these crimes happen irrespective of borders, and thus attention has to be paid to framing policies, especially by keeping the youth in mind, because it is mostly the youth engaging the most on cyber platforms.

How can we design and implement a unified approach to enhance educational systems for future skills in the context of emerging technologies, to ensure equitable access, development, and benefit sharing across global communities?

The one way to go about is to start at the ground level. For instance, as young kids of ages 4-9 are taught good and bad manners in the social world, they should also be taught concepts like digital hygiene, and netiquette for them to be well-equipped with technology. They need to be taught in the curriculum from the ground level. Basic digital literacy like why and how data breaches are harmful, and how one should secure global data, should be taught in schools. In my opinion, just a workshop will not help; it should be a part of the curriculum. A digitally aware netizen, especially a teenager, can easily navigate through challenges if they are aware of their basic online rights and the right complaint forums.

How can ethical considerations and sustainability be integrated into STI advancements to protect the interests of future generations?

Through an active dialogue and discussion, technology is everchanging and an expert's view on this is imperative

In shaping policies for digital governance, how can we ensure the participation of young people and leverage digital innovation while considering the long-term impact on future generations?

As I mentioned before, creating digital literacy clubs like Cyber Port is a way ahead. At my organization, I hear so many digital frauds and cybercrime cases every day. The majority of the people reaching out to us are young people, and they reach out to us because they feel safe talking to someone belonging to the same generation. We, as an organization, know how to further go about reporting digital crimes. The long-term impact of such participation would be positive as it would be creating a space for the future generation to be digitally well-equipped and learn the strategies of ATTACK, DEFENSE, and RESPONSE for their computer systems.

How can we ensure that there are better linkages between the Pact for future and Global Digital Compact and Pact for future generations?

Quick Action, An Increase in workforce working in the realm of security and the right training is the way ahead. In this digital era, where data is the new oil, countries need to create safety guidelines and pacts together to stay safe globally.

 

If anyone wants to contact me further, here is my email address

[email protected]

https://www.instagram.com/cyberportfoundation/

 

Paola Flores
Paola Flores Moderator

Thanks all for your great ideas during this last week of our discussion ūü§©. I really got inspired by all your thoughts, and I am sure we will impact in the Summit for the Future with science and technology... these are the most important ideas we got: 

  1. Fostering Inclusive Entrepreneurshipūü§Ē:  To promote inclusive entrepreneurship, collaboration among stakeholders is essential. This entails offering accessible entrepreneurship training in diverse languages, expanding mentorship opportunities with a focus on experienced guidance, and providing legal support for young entrepreneurs in administrative processes such as company setup and licensing. Additionally, creating avenues for networking, encouraging youth participation in shaping digital policies, ensuring free access to digital educational resources, and empowering youth with cybersecurity training and digital literacy skills are crucial. Infrastructure investment to bridge the digital divide, implementation of digital skills training programs, and engagement of young people in ICT governance decisions at all levels further enhance inclusivity. These actions collectively create more inclusive environments for entrepreneurship, fostering innovation and economic empowerment for all.
  2. Empowering Youth in the Digital Future ūüėé: Encouraging international collaboration to establish common standards in future skills education, promoting lifelong learning to adapt to technological advancements, fostering innovative educational technologies to improve access and quality, and advocating for equity and inclusion are vital steps. Additionally, encouraging youth participation in digital governance through dialogue platforms, utilizing digital innovation to tackle societal and environmental issues, ensuring transparency in technology use, protecting personal data privacy, and building trust in the digital realm are crucial. Establishing youth advisory boards to provide feedback on digital policies and engaging young people in policymaking processes through consultations and democratic forums further amplify their voices, ensuring their active involvement in shaping the digital landscape.

  3.  

    Advancing Ethical and Sustainable Science, Technology, and InnovationūüĒźEfforts to infuse ethics and sustainability into science, technology, and innovation entail critical measures. These encompass enhancing transparency in research to uphold accountability, formulating ethical standards, and meticulously assessing the enduring impacts of technological advancements on future generations. By prioritizing transparency, establishing ethical benchmarks, and considering sustainability, we can conscientiously navigate the intricacies of technological progress while ensuring the welfare of current and forthcoming societies.

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    Forging Partnerships for Digital Technology and Social Innovation ūüí™ūüŹľ: Establish collaborations with governmental entities, corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and civil society to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, resources, and expertise in the realms of digital technology and social innovation.

  5. Youth Advocacy in Digital Initiatives ūüíĽ: Advocating for prioritizing youth health within the Global Digital Compact is crucial, recognizing the significant impact of digital transformations on young people. It's essential to address both the benefits and risks of digital technologies in healthcare, ensuring fair distribution of advantages and engaging youth in governance. Taking a generational and intersectional approach to digital cooperation is vital for improving overall well-being. Additionally, aligning the goals of the Pact for the Future and the Global Digital Compact is essential for maximizing impact and creating synergies.

Thanks again and if you have more ideas continue sharing and supporting this process!! ‚ö°ūüĎŹūüŹľ

#Youth2030

 


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