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WSIS: Information Society & Youth Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by Mutiu , Nigeria Nov 28, 2003
Technology   Opinions


The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is an event that will be organized by the United Nations under the patronage of the UN Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as the main anchor in cooperation with interested United Nations (UN) bodies and other international organizations, as well as the host countries. The first phase of the Summit will take place in Geneva, from 10 to 12 December 2003, where the declaration of principles & plan of action will be adopted while the second phase of WSIS will be held in Tunisia from 16 to 18 November 2005 to access the progress that has been made.

I have searched through the UN agenda on the said summit, and it is a good ideal for the summit to take place now. But I’ve asked myself if the WSIS will be another talk, NO action? And the possible implementation of the proposed theme, drafted by the United Nations and ITU?. I’m baffled because I know the type of environment I am. People are in poverty, hunger, dying of HIV/AIDS, youth are jobless and some other many other things our leaders have not provided for the populace.

The purpose of the World Summit on the Information Society, as stated in Resolution, by the UN General Assembly, is to develop a “common vision and understanding of the information society and the adoption of a declaration and plan of action for implementation by Governments, international institutions and all sectors of civil society”.

Youth in the developing countries are being deprived of quality education and care is not taken, youth especially those in the developing Nations will not have access to ICTs; this is because some of the youth today have no access to the education. Some are on the streets selling for their parents or guardians, which is due to the rate of poverty in our environment.

As I have said earlier, if the Summit will be another talk and NO action, it will be a disaster for our present and future generations. Let’s take it from the angle of youth that are having no access to ordinary computer, talk less of Internet connection. My hope is that WSIS will not be another talk and talk without action.

However, to the youth that will be at the summit, please make sure our leaders involve youth in taking the information society to the greater height, because the future and the information society belongs to us, and we are the only one who knows where it matters most now and future.



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Mutiu is a graduate of Biochemistry from Lagos State University, Ojo Lagos Nigeria.
He is a member of All Nigeria United Nations Students’ & Youth Association (ANUNSA), a youth NGO that propagates the ideals & workings of the United Nations to the grassroots.
He was the Secretary General, ANUNSA Lagos State University Chapter {2002/03}.

Besides, he has held the following posts,

  • Project Co-Moderator: All-Nigerian Youth
    on “Role of Nigerian Youth in the Development of the Nigerian Nation” (29th February–22nd March 2004)

  • Director of Travels, All-Nigeria United Nations Students’ & Youth Association {ANUNSA} Western Zone (2003-2004)

  • Acting National Secretary General, All-Nigeria United Nations Students, and Youth Association {ANUNSA} –July 2003-August 2004

    When he was the Acting National Secretary General, a National Seminar “Perspectives on Internet Media and South Youth” was organized at Lagos, Nigeria, 11th October 2003. The seminar aim was to encourage the interest of young people in the activities of the United Nations and address Internet Media as a tool for achieving economic and social goals.

    The seminar is part of the National Dialogue series towards the WSIS to be organized by the United Nations (UN) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Geneva 2003 & Tunis 2005.

    He was a part of the organizing committee of the 1st All-Nigerian Youth (ANY) Conference Abuja 2004 scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria between August 10-14 2004 (though the conference was later postponed).

    He has been involved with other youth organizations-including TakingITGlobal Nigeria

    Mutiu always believe that “it is not too late to make valuable impact.” If you think you are ready to make valuable impact, and you are ready to work with me, please contact me and I will surely get back to you as soon as possible. I’m interested in the following issues:

  • Youth Empowerment
  • Information Technology
  • Peace Building/Education
  • Children
  • Community Development


  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Computing/internet
  • Traveling/photography
  • Meeting new friends.

    He concluded his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Sokoto State on Thursday, 18th August 2005, Northern part of Nigeria, a program designed to foster good relationship between the different regions in Nigeria.
    While he was there, he taught Chemistry at Government Day Secondary School (GDSS), Shuni, Dange-Shuni Local Government.

    He is currently the Project Coordinator, Homeland Hope Alliance (H-Alliance Nigeria), non-profit/non-governmental initiative that is established to help Nigerian and the societies to realize her potentials, which are abundant in individual and to raise the youth as a patriotic leaders, through leadership training.

    One of my articles I wrote in Sokoto State The State Of The Nigeria Child (Part One) can be found here

  • Comments

    shoks | Feb 16th, 2004
    Mutiu, I am with you on this issue. It makes me sad that some people attend these "talk and NO action shows". If anyone went attended WSIS please let us know what happened. -shoks

    Terri Willard | Feb 26th, 2004
    All updates and reviews of WSIS from TIG members who attended can be found at http://events.takingitglobal.org/wsis Click on the "Who Attended" and "Weblog" tabs.

    Akinbo, Adebunmi Adeola | Mar 3rd, 2005
    wait and see ?

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