Patrons and Special Voices 2012

Outstanding people congratulate you on your efforts and highly recognize your engagement!

EYA kindly thanks them for their support!

Irina Bronkova

“The Millennium Development Goals and the objectives of the World Summit on the Information Society embody a collective aspiration for a better future for all societies. Young men and women stand at the heart of this aspiration – as leaders, actors and beneficiaries. UNESCO works across the world to support their capacities and to enhance their participation into all decisions involving their future. We seek specifically to bolster youth-led innovation and youth employability through quality education, through social inclusion and through science, technology and innovation systems. The World Summit Youth Award Winners and Community show how digital technologies can change the world thanks to the creativity of young women and men. I thank everyone involved for their engagement to support innovation for greater dignity, justice and equality. These are the foundations for the future we want for all.”

Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

“It’s my great pleasure to introduce this publication. The Internet and new technology provide a platform for huge innovation. That can boost our economy – but also help support a stronger society.
The young generation in Europe today faces the terrible prospect of unemployment. But they also have a huge opportunity: to use the innovative power of ICT to improve their lives, and others’. The examples in this Catalogue show that there are many such talented young innovators out there. And they also show their hard work can help the most deprived people in the world, those who face poverty, hunger and disease – by helping us achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Well done to all those who took part.

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President, Digital Agenda, European Commission

Neelie Kroes
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“Young people were the favorite allies of the UN Millennium Campaign: passionate, energetic and thinking “outside the box”. Using internet and mobiles to achieve the MDG’s was certainly beyond the frame of mind of government leaders who agreed to these Goals…
Tomorrow’s world is defined by action today. So some 20 years from now, when your generation will provide the Secretary General of the UN, she does not need to report once again that the Millennium Goals have not been met as yet. Your action prevented these Goals to end up as litter on yet another boulevard of broken dreams…”

Eveline Herfkens, Founder of the U.N. Millennium Campaign

“The Millennium Development Goals provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions. Modern communication technologies enable and foster a vivid exchange of views and ideas between young people and contribute to breaking down barriers.
Where the MDGs are not achieved, young people are suffering in many different ways, but they are increasingly standing up for their rights, their future and the future of youth worldwide. The EYA honours their commendable efforts and I would like to congratulate the winners and all participants on their innovative and creative work.”

Michael Spindelegger, former Vice Chancellor of Austria

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Kim Stevenson

“At Intel, we have a vision to create and extend computing technology to connect and enrich the life of every person on earth. Education and access to technology plays an enormous role in the success of this vision. Intel’s education programs support enabling governments, students, teachers and universities all over the world to have access to technology and leverage it for building better communities. Together we are building the digital society. The WSYA program and its winners are key actors in the digital transformation; they stand out not just due to their creativity but their entrepreneurial energy. The WSYA winners have put into action the UN Millennium Development Goals, and are driving technological and social innovation that will change the world. Let youth innovation lead and communities will prosper!”

Kim Stevenson, CIO, Intel Corporation

“I congratulate all participants and especially the winners of the European Youth Award 2012. They are representing an ever growing group of young people worldwide, who actively take part in making the world a better place through innovation. Thanks to technological development it is now possible to put existing and emerging knowledge about effective strategies quickly into practice. Through their support in achieving the Millenium Developement Goals in ways yet unthought of, the participants give important impetus on this very relevant field of development aid.”

Reinhold Mitterlehner, Austrian Federal Minister of Economy, Family and Youth

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