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Wednesday, June 12 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Catalyzing Sustainable Development: Youth, peace, security and ICTs

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Whether it is championing gun reforms, ending violence against women, advocating for gender and sexual diversities, leading initiatives to tackle climate, promoting healthy relationships and individual wellbeing, or playing a key role in peace processes, youth leaders and the work they are doing are being recognized by media and key decision makers. Youth are able to leverage technological innovation in order to spread awareness, mobilize people to action, and organize and implement their initiatives. However, while technology can serve as a useful tool to allow youth to exercise their agency, it is insufficient in realizing social innovation and change. Emerging technologies not only have the potential but are already being used to suppress and surveil young people, posing a threat to their security and rights. The lack of reliable access to these technologies also presents a challenge to young people, as technological literacy becomes increasingly important in a globalized world. Young people are not meaningfully engaged in the governance of technologies. Participants will engage in a design session to identify and co-create solutions for the challenges identified during the workshop. These solutions will be translated into concrete actions that each participant will be responsible for implementing over the next year.

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Bushra Ebadi

Youth Advisor and Executive Committee Member, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Bushra Ebadi is a social innovator, interdisciplinary researcher, and storyteller who works to advance the agency of marginalized individuals and communities around the world. She serves as a Youth Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy... Read More →

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Nadia Owusu

Youth Advocate, Ubuntu Development Network
Nadia Owusu is a youth advocate working collaboratively with youth leaders at the intersection of technology, youth entrepreneurship, and climate action. She amplifies and advances the work of youth groups including marginalized groups using digital channels as a form of advocacy... Read More →
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Justin Wiebe

Program Manager, Mastercard Foundation
Justin Wiebe is Michif (Métis) from Saskatoon in Treaty 6 and Métis Territory, and currently lives in Toronto in territories covered by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant. Justin is passionate about inclusive city-building that centers reconciliation, youth leadership... Read More →
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Mariel García-Montes

Research Assistant, MIT Comparative Media Studies
Let's talk about privacy, youth, digital security, participatory research, media campaigns, Latin America. I'm both a practitioner and an academic researcher.I will soon graduate from Comparative Media Studies program. I am a research assistant at the Center for Civic Media at the... Read More →
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Mohammad Asadi-Lari

MD/PhD Candidate @ University of Toronto, Youth Advisor @ Canadian Commission for UNESCO
I’m Co-Founder of STEM Fellowship and an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. I’ve spent part of the past 23 years moving around the world: being born in Iran, spending around 7 years of my childhood in the UK, my teenage years back in Tehran, and finally settling in... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm BST
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