Youth call for more open governance in outcome document of ICT summit

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BYND 2015 Summit. [Photo: ITU]

Young people from across the globe are calling for world leaders to provide more flexible, dynamic and open means of governing that will reach more people than at present.

The call comes in the Youth Declaration stemming from the three-day BYND 2015 summit on development and information and communications technologies (ICT) held this week in Costa Rica.

The document was presented on Thursday to the country's President, Laura Chinchilla, who will take the message to the UN General Assembly when it opens later this month.

The declaration emphasizes that innovation will be key to development and makes the case for education systems that equip students with a practical mix of marketable, innovative and relevant skills for the global digital economy.

The BYND 2015 summit was organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). More than 600 youth participated in-person, while another 4,000 joined the discussion virtually.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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