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December 17, 2019

Futurecasters’ Summit – bringing the voice of youth to the global technology debate

By Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau

Involving young people is particularly important to the work of ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

Youth are natural adopters of technology. They are the ones who will inherit the world that technology is now shaping.


It is vital that we listen to their voices and to what they want from technology. It is vital that they become part of the solution to the challenges the world is facing.

ITU will welcome from 8-10 January 2020, over 700 high-school students from 25 countries worldwide.

Young visionaries to meet in January

The Futurecasters Global Young Visionaries Summit is hosted and co-organized by ITU and the Model UN programme of Ferney-Voltaire, France.

The event is a programme of youth-oriented consultations aimed at bringing the voices of young people to all major ITU development discussions and activities.


The Summit is built around the global success of the FerMUN Model UN led by the Lycée International Ferney Voltaire.

One of the very first bilingual Model UN programmes in the world, FerMUN now regularly welcomes students and teachers from over 25 countries worldwide.

Technology for development

The theme of the conference is ‘Technology for Development’.

Students will debate how technologies can be harnessed to advance progress towards the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and will discuss, with their unique cultural and personal perspectives and experiences, how the power of technology can change the world.

The Summit will feature discussions on the environment, cybersecurity, digital skills, AI, education, health, to mention a few, as well as a special event on child on-line protection – COP KIDS – and a teacher’s roundtable.

This summit will mark the beginning of a serious, open, frank and ongoing dialogue, where youth can share what is good about technology, and what worries them.

Following this path, we will get a truly meaningful roadmap for the future.

Watch Video by Doreen Bogdan-Martin Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau

Watch Video by Florence Baudry, Director FerMUN.

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Futurecasters’ Summit – bringing the voice of youth to the global technology debate

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