WSA keeps a close strategic association with the United Nation agendas. By reporting back national digital developments to the UN WSIS process it is supporting the UN Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Young people under the age of 30 have unprecedented opportunities to engage their imagination toward building Knowledge Societies, by addressing development challenges through widely accessible digital solutions such as apps, social media, as well as blockchain applications, the Internet of Things, robotics and artificial intelligence.
Amidst the grave challenges facing humankind, we must find hope in all the young women and men who are applying their creativity toward local and global digital solutions to build a world of the future that will be more at peace and as one. We must urge the young innovators at the World Summit Awards to continue forward in their lives to help build a greener and more sustainable planet whose mission is to leave no one behind.
Today, the world has the largest youth population ever, with 1.8 billion young women and men across the planet. In many countries, young people face obstacles in engaging in productive activities leaving them vulnerable to social economic exclusion. Youth unemployment rates are significantly higher in most, if not all geographic regions. However, young people want to be actively involved in their communities and are ever more interested in making choices based on their ethical values. Many young people are actively seeking novel solutions to societal problems, acting as agents of innovation and change. To foster such development, international organizations, such as UNIDO, are helping countries to work towards increasing youth employability and providing them with the necessary tools to create and develop innovative and sustainable enterprises, ultimately empowering them to improve their livelihoods. Together, we can support our youth by building an enabling environment for the full realization of their capabilities.
Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information
"Local content is indispensable for the use of information and communication technologies for sustainable development. With the recognition of innovative, digital solutions to development challenges, the World Summit Awards (WSA) encourages women and men's creativity, helps to share applications globally and stimulates young entrepreneurs to find local solutions. I congratulate all finalists, who contributed with their innovations to peace and sustainable development."
Former United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth
"Young people are powerful drivers of change in political, economic and social developments around the world. They have asserted themselves as critical partners in sustainable development, proposing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Using the power of ICTs and social media, young people have a vehicle like never before to engage and participate. From entrepreneurs developing new technologies, to creating green jobs and more sustainable economies, young people are at the forefront of development. We must continue to recognise the valuable contributions of young entrepreneurs and work together to ensure the success of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030."