Technology and Inspirational Young People: Day 2 as the U.S. Youth Observer

In a week full of remarkable speeches coming out of the UN General Assembly and the Social Good Summit, it’s hard to pick a favorite. But a couple really stood out for me today.


In a week full of remarkable speeches coming out of the UN General Assembly and the Social Good Summit, it’s hard to pick a favorite. But a couple really stood out for me today.


First, there was Melinda Gates’ talk on using technology to connect people from different parts of the world. According to Ms. Gates, 95 percent of the world uses cell phones. My jaw dropped! I became enthralled as I thought about this statistic and how it will change the way in which global leaders try to solve global issues. The possibilities are limitless.


For example, I recently read an article in Forbes Magazine entitled, “Mobile Technology Could Put Health Care in the Hands of Patients,” by Robert Pearl, M.D. (an expert on business and health culture). Many companies are using mobile technology to change the world. Take, for example, AlivecCor Heart Monitor. This company created a device that “snaps onto an iPhone and traces EKGS.” There is also iBGStar Blood Glucose Monitoring System, which also attaches to an iPhone.


In the future, I believe we will see more leaders take advantage of using mobile technology to change the world, and I hope that the next generation of business leaders continues to embrace this trend now. Truthfully, we don’t even have to be business experts or technology experts to start today. Youth can start with something as simple as blogging about global issues or creating apps to help educate others on how to apply for scholarships or how to learn a new language. I learned from Melinda Gates’ speech that the sky truly is the limit when technology is involved.


Another highlight of the day came when I interviewed the Youth Delegate to the United Nations from Indonesia, Angga Dwi Marths at the Social Master Class. The Social Master Class consisted of a group of young leaders trying to make a difference in the world however big or small. Angga spoke about the importance of reminding Indonesian youth that the problems they face are often faced by youth all around the world and I couldn’t agree more. We also spoke about what we hope the youth voice looks like in 2030. Angga spoke about how he hopes that youth and governments will work closer together to create effective changes. He also noted the importance of encouraging more youth to take advantage of international exchange programs and opportunities to participate in conferences on global youth issues both at home and abroad, whenever possible.


I ended my day by listening to a speech by Malala Yousafzai. Malala is an inspiring and amazing human being working to provide opportunities to all young women. It is her hope that all young women globally will be able to take advantage of educational opportunities without facing injustices. She even said that the Taliban feared books and pens the most. Wow! Hearing her speak inspired me to continue taking advantage of all the opportunities afforded to me and to continue to educate myself on injustices facing women in order to better advocate on behalf of women. In October, her book, “I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and was Shot by the Taliban” will be released, and I can’t wait to read it! Malala will also be honored at this year’s United Nations Foundation and UNA-USA Global Leadership Awards Dinner in November.



Tiffany Taylor, 2013-2014 U.S. Youth Observer at the UN