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#BYND2015 Youth Declaration

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Published on Sep 24, 2013

#BYND2015 call on the UN, Member States + the international community to consider their priorities for the #post2015 development agenda and put them into action.
Download the full Declaration: http://www.itu.int/en/bynd2015/Docume...

We stand at a remarkable time in our history. We, the youth of the world, are leading global change for the first time thanks to our interconnectedness. BYND2015, a UN promoted platform, has offered us a chance to influence the global development agenda for the next generation, our generation.
We've taken this opportunity to make our voice heard through a large-scale crowd-sourced initiative; culminating in this year's Global Youth Summit, where more than 500 of us met in Costa Rica with the simultaneous participation of 54 self-organized hubs around the world, to debate and agree on the development priorities which we want world leaders at the UN general assembly to act on.
As ambassadors of one third of the world's population, we identify the lack of universal access to information and communication technologies as an obstacle to our intellectual, economic and political empowerment, which needs to be overcome.

We want to get ahead:
· Governments, civil society and the private sector should work together to provide the resources we need to innovate and create the businesses and industries of the future;
· We need access to education and knowledge sharing, regardless of our location or economic status;

We want to change our world:
· Member states should put mechanisms in place that make voting, openness and accountability more feasible online;
· Communication technologies must be used as a means of engaging young citizens with the leaders who represent us;

We want to respect our environment:
· Transparency of information on environmental issues is needed, as is guidance on ways to protect the environment and to handle natural disasters in an efficient way;
· The use of sustainable energy sources should be extended urgently;

We want to be smart and safe online:
· We are aware of the positive and negative aspects of new technologies and call for education and support to make our online communities safe.
· The same rights of freedom of speech, association and privacy existing in the real world should be extended online.

and We want to be healthy:
· Innovative systems should allow patients to connect to health services to improve issues of accessibility, affordability and acceptability, while taking into account best practices and bioethics;
· We need access to information about healthy lifestyles and how to deal with issues of disability, including the stigma associated with many diseases;

We believe BYND2015 is the start of a global inclusive dialogue leading to a world where information and communication technologies can overcome the major development challenges of our time and create new opportunities for young people everywhere. This is our vision for the future and we're determined to make it a reality because this is the world we want.

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