45 Percent of Internet Users are under 25 Years of Age: ITU

45-Percent-of-Internet-Users-are-under-25-Years-of-Age:-ITUAccording to ITU, 45 percent of Internet users around the world are under 25 years of age and ITU is developing youth to develop ICT skills and stimulate positive social change.

Youth has become a priority issue for member states within the UN system. Almost half the world’s population is under age 25 and International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates some 72-73 million young people (defined as those younger than age 25) are out of work, accounting for 40 percent of total global unemployment.

Mainstream economic sectors from agriculture to trade and healthcare are witnessing an explosion of new ICT-enabled applications, raising the bar in terms of minimum ICT skills needed to perform tasks as well as generating new opportunities for entrepreneurs to develop ICT products and services.

Digital trade, crowdsourcing, microwork, app development, and others owe their existence to global Internet expansion that increasingly connects people around the world while driving socio-economic growth and development.

“There is no doubt that youth are the earliest adopters and most intensive users of ICT devices and applications,” said ITU secretary general Houlin Zhao.

“Youth are leading, not in terms of usage, but also as developers, helping build the next generation of services and applications, which will have profound implications for socio-economic development,” added Zhao.

President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera of Costa Rica was named as ITU Patron for Youth and ICT at a special ceremony in Geneva.

Zhao added that president Solis, in his role as ITU Patron for Youth and ICT, would be a source of inspiration for young people around the world as well as for governments, the private sector, academia, civil society and the UN in recognizing, encouraging and supporting the accelerated use of ICTs for positive social change.

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