United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
“The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is bringing UN organizations and programmes together around a common goal: to channel the great potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to everybody. Partnering with governments, private sector and civil society in over 160 UN Member States, the World Summit Award supports the implementation of the UN agendas for Information Society and Development of the Information Society, and the Millennium Development Goals of ending poverty, hunger and disease, providing education...
Director General of UNIDO,
UN Industrial Development Organization
“Youth are a great source of creativity and innovation. If equipped with the needed skills, technology and investment to turn their ideas into successful businesses they can become drivers of economic growth and job creation in their societies. The past years have been marked by the events of the Arab Spring which are believed to be, inter alia, the result of unequal access to economic opportunities and high unemployment rates among young graduates. Young people demand to be actors of the socio-economic development of their...
Founder of the UN Millennium Campaign
"Young people were the favorite allies of the UN Millennium Campaign: passionate, energetic and thinking “outside the box”. Using internet and mobiles to achieve the MDG’s was certainly beyond the frame of mind of government leaders who agreed to these Goals… Tomorrow’s world is defined by action today. So some 20 years from now, when your generation will provide the Secretary General of the UN, she does not need to report once again that the Millennium Goals have not been met as yet. Your action prevented these Goals to end up as litter on yet another...
Chief Operating Officer, Internet Society
"It's exciting to see the energy, the ideas, and the increased richness of the Internet that is unleashed through the creativity of Internet citizens from across the globe. The Internet Society believes the Internet is for everyone, and we applaud the World Summit Youth Award and its initiatives to showcase the power of local content and diversity on global issues."
Minister of Information Society, Republic of Macedonia
“Changes to the world are only sparked by individuals who develop and convey innovative and reforming ideas. These individuals leave an eternal mark in human society, as ones who significantly contributed to achieving what we have in the present.
In today’s digital era, innovations gain different shape, yet they still serve the same purpose. If ICT is the current tool for change, and the youth represent a driving aspiration for new development, then it is our task to empower our new digital entrepreneurs as much as we can.”
Vice-Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Federal Minister for European & International Affairs
"The Millennium Development Goals were launched in 2000 in order to promote action against poverty. In 2013 they continue to provide important benchmarks while the International Community is already working on a post-2015 development agenda.
A large number of young people can be found among those willing and eager to change our world for the better. I took great interest in learning about the innovative and creative projects submitted by the participants of the World Summit Youth Award. It is...
UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
“I wish to congratulate each of the young social entrepreneurs who have taken part in the WSYA 2013. Each of you is a winner – a winner for inclusion and innovation, a winner for building stronger knowledge societies. We need precisely these kinds of initiatives, to harness the power of new information and communication technologies for more sustainable and just development. UNESCO’s position is clear – we must move forward together, by giving everyone an unhindered voice through new technologies and media, by...