Digital development is at the center of Beijing’s World Youth Development Forum 2023

The 2023 World Youth Development Forum (WYDF) on Tuesday highlighted its digital development themed forum at Shogang Park in Beijing. The event brought together international delegates, digital scholars, entrepreneurs and youth leaders to explore the evolving digital landscape, its challenges and the opportunities it presents to the global youth community.

The 2023 World Youth Development Forum’s Thematic Forum on Digital Development was held at Beijing Shogang Park on October 31, 2023. [Photo/China Youth Daily]

Shabgat Wushur, vice president of the All China Youth Federation, spoke about the transformative role of recent technological advances. “In the past few years, we have seen significant technological advances, including cloud computing, big data, blockchain and artificial intelligence,” he noted. „These discoveries not only change the way people live, but also open up new avenues for youth advancement.”

UNICEF China Representative Amagobe Sande highlighted the impact of digital on youth. „Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 use the Internet more than any other age group,” he added, adding, „Tens of future jobs will require advanced digital skills, from coding to development, from machine learning to big data analytics. Cyber ​​security to artificial intelligence.”

However, he cautioned, „Unfortunately, many young people cannot compete for these jobs.” With 2.7 billion people worldwide still offline, Sande underscored our collective responsibility. „We need to work together to bridge the digital divide and create a safer online environment,” he said. Emphasizing the broader goal, he added, „Our mission is to leave no one behind and ensure that every youth is empowered to reach their full potential and contribute positively to the world, both online and offline.”

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During the Lightning Talks session, youth leaders from different countries of the Program for Global Youth Development’s regular programs share how digital technologies are enhancing youth development.

Guests take the stage to launch the WYDF Young Digital Leaders Training Program at the 2023 World Youth Development Forum’s Digital Development Thematic Forum at Beijing Shogang Park on October 31, 2023. [Photo/China Youth Daily]

The forum highlighted the WYDF Young Digital Leaders Training Program initiated by the All China Youth Federation and International Labor Organization and implemented by China Youth Daily, Guangzhou Youth Federation and KAB National Promotion Office. The program aims to provide resources, support and opportunities for the development of global youth in the digital sector, helping them achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the digital age and promoting global development collectively.

An additional highlight is the launch of the International Youth Research Partnership Program, which invites global youth research teams to propose projects focused on domains such as rural revitalization and digital empowerment.

A dialogue session at the Thematic Forum on Digital Development of the 2023 World Youth Development Forum at Beijing Shogang Park on October 31, 2023. [Photo/China Youth Daily]

The Thematic Forum on Digital Development is one of four Thematic Forums at the 2023 World Youth Development Forum. It was hosted by the organizing committee of the All-China Youth Federation and World Youth Development Forum, and organized by China Youth Daily, China Foundation for Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment and KAB National Promotion Office.

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