Nº 4 2015 > H.E. President Solís Rivera of Costa Rica

ITU Patron for Youth and ICT

H.E. President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera of Costa Rica was inaugurated as ITU Patron for Youth and ICT at a special ceremony in Geneva on 8 June 2015.

H. E. President Solís Rivera of Costa Rica
H. E. President Solís Rivera of Costa Rica

H.E. President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera of Costa Rica was inaugurated as ITU Patron for Youth and ICT at a special ceremony in Geneva on 8 June 2015.

In 2013, Costa Rica hosted ITU’s BYND2015 Youth Summit where young participants from around the world called on governments to provide more flexible, dynamic and open means of governance using ICTs. Youth has become a priority issue for Member States within the UN system, with nearly half the world's population under age 25. The ICT sector offers opportunities for young people worldwide — according to ITU data, 45% of Internet users around the world are under age 25.

Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of ITU, observed that “youth are often the earliest adopters and most intensive users of ICT devices and applications. Youth are leading also as developers, helping build the next generation of services and applications, with profound implications for socio-economic development”. Mr Zhao added that President Solís, in his role as ITU Patron for Youth and ICT, would be a source of inspiration for young people around the world.

“Young people are the seeds of social and economic development of all nations, and are the engine of innovation in today’s society,” said President Solis. “ICT provides an opportunity to improve the lives of millions of people.”

The ceremony included a 45-minute panel discussion on youth, ICT and sustainable development. The discussion explored the pioneering role that young people are playing by driving innovation in the ICT/technology sector, and connected a dynamic group of speakers onsite and online, including young entrepreneurs who are engaged in some amazing work around the world.

President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera was elected President of Costa Rica in 2014, and is a historian and former diplomat, who has published widely on international affairs.


 

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