IGF Youth Track 2023

To further develop the IGF Youth Strategy, and continue engaging youth in IGF processes, the IGF ‎Secretariat, in collaboration with the IGF 2023 Host Country – Government of Japan and all Youth IGF ‎coordinators, is designing the IGF 2023 Youth Track as a capacity development activity implemented throughout the year-round IGF ‎process including at the 18th IGF in Kyoto. The 2023 track builds on the achievemnets and outputs made during the IGF 2022 Youth Track. A close cooperation with a number of international ‎youth-centric organizations is sought.

Road to the 18th IGF in Kyoto 8 - 12 October 2023
Focus on Cybersecurity and Trust

Building on the demand from young people, as well as on the outputs of the last year’s IGF 2022 Youth Track and the Messages from Youth, the IGF 2023 aims at creating a set of activities ‎to connect youth from around the world among themselves, but also to inter-connect youth and senior ‎stakeholders - experts in Internet governance.
Following the outputs emerged from the last year's youth track focused on digital transformation, this year's IGF Youth Track will unpack Cybersecurity and Trust issues of importance to youth and for youth.  
Specifically, youth engagement activities will aim to:‎

  • Develop capacity on the overall concept of cybersecurity and trust policy area, focusing on opportunities and ‎challenges digital tech brings to policy shapers and makers;
  • Establish networking among youth people from around the world; and
  • Support cooperation among youth-focused initiatives involved or interested in Internet ‎governance across the world.
Road to Kyoto: activities to engage into

The track will be composed of several capacity development workshops delivered by experts on various aspects under the umbrella theme of cybersecurity and trust. There will be several opportunities to guide engagement into the IGF processes. The workshops will be delivered in a hybrid format at several regional IGF meetings, as per the schedule below which is being updated as workshop details are confirmed. 

Workshops are linked to a mini-repository of useful materials and sources of knowledge. All participants are strongly encouraged to consult this resource before and after the workshop takes place.

Workshop III 
Empowering Young People in navigating privacy, security and freedom in the digital universe
Hosted at Asia Pacific IGF in
Brisbane, Australia

30 August 2023
 at 23:00 UTC

- Read the Report -

Workshop IV  
Advancing ethical AI for an Inclusive and Innovative digital landscape for Youth

Hosted at African IGF in
Abuja, Nigeria

18 September 2023, 
13:00 UTC

- Read the Report -

Hosted at the 18th annual IGF meeting in Kyoto, Japan
8 October 2023, 13:30-15:00 JST, workshop room I
- Access the Agenda -

The outcomes of the workshops feed into the IGF 2023 Global Youth Summit. The Messages from Youth will emerge from the Track.

Start engaging now!

Subscribe here to the mailing list through which all relevant information is ‎communicated ([email protected])‎. Also, contact us at igf [at] un [dot] org. For the start, we will connect you to the Youth IGF coordinator who is the closest to you and the place you live.

Meet the organizers 

A multistakeholder working group composed of all IGF Youth coordinators listed below, IGF 2023 Host Country and IGF Secretariat are in the organizing team as equals. An open invitation to international youth-focused organizations stands to help with designing and ‎implementing the track.

Youth IGF coordinators are based in different parts of the world and are the key drivers of regional engagement of young people.‎

In desigining and implementing the track, the organizers also cooperate with the Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth.

The work is open and transparent for all. ‎