IGF Youth Track

To further develop the IGF Youth Strategy, and continue engaging youth in IGF processes, the IGF ‎Secretariat, in collaboration with the IGF 2023 Host Country – Government of Japan and all Youth IGF ‎coordinators, is designing the IGF 2023 Youth Track as a capacity development activity implemented throughout the year-round IGF ‎process including at the 18th IGF in Kyoto. The 2023 track builds on the achievemnets and outputs made during the IGF 2022 Youth Track. A close cooperation with a number of international ‎youth-centric organizations is sought.

Road to the 18th IGF in Kyoto 8 - 12 October 2023

Focus on Cybersecurity and Trust

Building on the demand from young people, as well as on the outputs of the last year’s IGF 2022 Youth Track and the Messages from Youth, the IGF 2023 aims at creating a set of activities ‎to connect youth from around the world among themselves, but also to inter-connect youth and senior ‎stakeholders - experts in Internet governance.

Following the outputs emerged from the last year's youth track focused on digital transformation, this year's IGF Youth Track will unpack Cybersecurity and Trust issues of importance to youth and for youth.  

Specifically, youth engagement activities will aim to:‎

  • Develop capacity on the overall concept of cybersecurity and trust policy area, focusing on opportunities and ‎challenges digital tech brings to policy shapers and makers;
  • Establish networking among youth people from around the world; and
  • Support cooperation among youth-focused initiatives involved or interested in Internet ‎governance across the world.


Road to Kyoto: activities to engage into

The track will be composed of several capacity development workshops delivered by experts on various aspects under the umbrella theme of cybersecurity and trust. There will be several opportunities to guide engagement into the IGF processes. The workshops will be delivered in a hybrid format at several regional IGF meetings, as per the schedule below which is being updated as workshop details are confirmed. 

Workshops are linked to a mini-repository of useful materials and sources of knowledge. All participants are strongly encouraged to consult this resource before and after the workshop takes place.


Workshop I 

Child online safety and mental health implications

Hosted at EuroDIG in Tampere, Finland

19 June 2023 at 12:00 UTC
 Workshop II  

Trust and human righst aspects: balancing privacy, security and freedom of expression

Hosted at Asia Pacific regional IGF in Brisbane, Australia

29-31 August 2023
Workshop III 

Building trust in era of Artificial Intelligence 

Hosted at African IGF

Week of 18 September 2023, Abuja, Nigeria
Workshop IV  

Capacity development in cybersecurity

Hosted at Youth Latin American and Caribbean IGF

TBC August 2023, Cartagena, Colombia


Hosted at the 18th annual IGF meeting in Kyoto, Japan

8 October 2023, time to be confirmed

The outcomes of the workshops feed into the IGF 2023 Global Youth Summit. The Messages from Youth will emerge from the Track.

Start engaging now!

Subscribe here to the mailing list through which all relevant information is ‎communicated ([email protected])‎. Also, contact us at igf [at] un [dot] org. For the start, we will connect you to the Youth IGF coordinator who is the closest to you and the place you live.

Meet the organizers 

A multistakeholder working group composed of all IGF Youth coordinators listed below, IGF 2023 Host Country and IGF Secretariat are in the organizing team as equals. An open invitation to international youth-focused organizations stands to help with designing and ‎implementing the track.

Youth IGF coordinators are based in different parts of the world and are the key drivers of regional engagement of young people.‎

In desigining and implementing the track, the organizers also cooperate with the Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth.

The work is open and transparent for all. ‎