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Message from WSYA Chairman P.A. Bruck

Occupy Technology: Speak the Action to Better the World
Enacting UN MDGs with Internet and Mobile!

Information- and Communication Technologies are more than tools or extensions of human senses. They structure all of our lives. We live in technology, on the Internet, using mobiles.

But who are “we”? Everyone – especially young people under 30 years of age. Astoundingly, young people in developing countries use nearly as much tech today as in the developed ones. Notwithstanding significant inequalities of access and costs, Internet and mobiles are pervasive for young people. It is their language, this is how they relate and live.

UNICEF reported in mid-September 2012 that about 19.000 children die every day. They die of extreme poverty – no fault of their own - avoidable hunger – no fault of their own - and preventable diseases – no fault of their own! 792 kids under the age of five, every hour! Is this acceptable? Is this normal?

The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) can change that. They are unique. They are the first and only undertaking of all of humanity to do more than merely pray and talk about ending misery and injustice, gender inequality and lack of education. They state clear measurable goals. They set milestones. They provide a deadline. In 2015, the heads of states and governments committed themselves to review what had been achieved towards the goals set by the UN General Assembly in the year 2000.

The World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) is an open contest within the World Summit Award (www.wsis-award.org) for all those young people who work to make a difference. They use Internet and mobiles to change the world and they contribute to achieving the MDGs. They act and their actions speak! They occupy technology and make best use of it.

In this booklet you will find an overview of the 18 most engaging and innovative projects from the 2012 contest – selected out of 1224 submissions from 122 UN member states. Their goals? To fight poverty, hunger, disease, inequality, lack of education and environmental degradation with the use of ICT. The projects vividly demonstrate what can be achieved when young people stand up and act together for a liveable future.

Thank you for your interest! Give your support! Together we can make this world not just a better place; we can measure what we achieve and where we fail!

Best wishes to you,

Peter A. Bruck
Chairman of the WSA
Hon. President of ICNM