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U.N. Creates IT Site For Youth

The site will encourage young people to discuss how information and communications technology can improve education, entrepreneurship, governance, and health.

The United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communications Technologies and Development (GAID) launched a Web site today for youth.

The site will encourage young people to discuss how technology can improve education, entrepreneurship, governance, and health. The launch comes ahead of a forum for youth planned for Sept. 24-26 in Geneva.

GAID expects 600 participants and attendees at "Youth and ICT for Development: Youth and ICT as Agents of Change." The alliance hopes to encourage young people to interact with policymakers, as well as private business and community leaders, to explore ways that information and communications technology can empower youth around the world.

Before the event, people can find information and updates about the forum, check out a related blog, and begin discussions.

"The blog will allow young people to discuss the use of ICT in these fields and address specific cases, lessons learned, protagonists, and policies," GAID executive director Sarbuland Khan said in a prepared statement. "Experts from various sectors will moderate the blog and will be raising difficult questions or highlight[ing] controversial issues in order to engage readers and provoke them to respond with their position and to ask further questions."

Khan said that organizers will listen to feedback, which could help with the planning of panels and workshops.

The forum is organized by GAID and the International Telecommunication Union, in partnership with the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, International Labour Organization, UNESCO, World Health Organization, U.N. Population Fund, U.N. Human Settlements Program, and civil society organizations.

Last year, the U.N. held a digital inclusion forum.

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