UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon called technology "one of the most powerful agents of change in our world today" at a development summit this week.
Speaking at the Global Forum on Youth and ICT for Development, held in Geneva from Monday to Wednesday, Mr Ban called on young people to harness the power of the digital revolution to tackle global challenges.
The forum aims to look at the idea of ICT and youth as agents of change, and examine technology's role in advancing people's lives. It also looks to involve young people in discussions with policy-makers, and explore ways to empower them and encourage their full participation in society though the use of IT.
Mr Ban said he hopes young people will come up with innovative technological ideas to help confront today's global challenges.
He said, "As information flows seamlessly around the planet, young people can more effectively act as catalysts for change.
"The digital revolution has increased young people's capacity to bring about positive social change."