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IGF 2021 Youth Engagement

In the framework of the IGF 2021 process, a number of activities are organized to develop Internet governance capacity of young people and have them meaningfully engaged in IGF 2021 processes. In order to achieve this, several activities are planned and already in implementation:

  • Outreach toward youth to get involved in the IGF 2021 processes and be informed about ‎other larger global initiatives of interest
  • IGF 2021 newsletter for youth
  • Networking opportunities at the IGF 2021
  • Global Youth Summit at the IGF 2021‎

These activities are all planned and implemented through a cooperative effort of the Youth IGF of Poland, IGF Secretariat, IGF Host Country, Government of Poland and the Polish Research and Academic Computer Network -  NASK. With a number of community members, collaboration is sought to ensure a wide variety of activities and maximise inclusion.

The activities are implemented during both phases of the IGF 2021: preparatory and engagement phase (June-November 2021) and the 16th IGF in Katowice (6-10 December 2021).

Youth at IGF 2021 Preparatory and Engagement Phase
Throughout 2021, there are several open online consultations with youth and those interested in supporting and working with youth. The consultations focus on planning the global Youth IGF Summit at the 16th IGF in Katowice, as well as on understanding the IGF 2021 issue policy areas and the intersessional work.

Upcoming webinars:

  • 31 August 2021, 13:00 UTC (120 min duration): Introduction to Internet governance 
    Implemented by the German Informatics Society in cooperation with the IGF Secretariat and Polish Youth IGF (click here to register)
  • TBC September 2021: 16 years of IGF evolution and strengthening – taking stock and looking forward
    Implemented by the IGF Secretariat and MAG
  • 8 September 2021, 12:30 UTC: ''Our Digital Future'' - Addressing Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity
    Implemented by IGF Secretariat, its intersessional workstreams in collaboration with Microsoft

IGF 2021 Youth Summit
Throughout 2021, there are several open online consultations with youth and those interested in supporting and working with youth. The consultations focus on planning the global Youth IGF Summit at the 16th IGF in Katowice, as well as on understanding the IGF 2021 issue policy areas and the intersessional work.

  • IGF 2021 Youth Summit will be hosted on 6 December 2021 at 16:00-18:00 CET. It will focus on ways to successfully advocate for good policies on the Internet. All IGF 2021 participants are required to register, regardless if they will participate online or onsite.

Young people are encouraged to apply for the IGF 2021 travel support until 31 August, in planning to participate from the Katowice venue. Online participation is always a meaningful option, as well!

All IGF 2021 session organizers are encouraged to invite youth to participate in their sessions through the IGF youth mailing list.

Youth Competition: My Internet of the Future – write, record, draw and win!
The UN IGF 2021 Host Country Poland has opened the global youth competition, "My Internet of the Future"!
Anyone age 18 - 28 can take part. The competition is aimed at young people from all over the world. There are 3 entry categories: poster, film or essay, which can be submitted from 1st September to 8th October, 2021. 

Visit the competition website to submit your work! More information is available on the Host Country website, and their social media - Facebook, Facebook Event, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok.

IGF 2020 Newsletter for Youth
IGF 2021 activities on youth engagement will be reflected in the monthly newsletter and presented in the public database. Those interested to be reflected in the database and possibly in the newsletter, are encouraged to inform the IGF Secretariat if they comply with the following criteria: 

  • Existing website with clearly defined scope of work on matters related to youth and Internet governance
  • Transparent documentation of work
  • International/regional or national impact (* in order of priority)
     

Subscribe to the IGF youth mailing list through which relevant updates will be shared.

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Villa Le Bocage
Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland

igf [at] un [dot] org
+41 (0) 229 173 411