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Reflections as the New Earth Charter Youth Projects Coordinator

By: Christine Lacayo

My first month of work ends and I’m excited to share some of my reflections!

As the Earth Charter Youth Projects ChristineECCoordinator, my main responsibility is to motivate, guide, and engage young people to create a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. What is the best way to do this? I think the beauty of this position is the flexibility and creativity the job requires. I have the ability to incorporate my passions and interests to expand and create new opportunities and stories. I’m excited to bring my passion for visual media and writing to collect all Earth Charter Youth actions and stories that are taking place around the world. As an ocean advocate, I would also like to continue sensitizing my community members on the importance of taking care of our ocean ecosystems!

Some of the main projects I’m focusing on now include promoting our app Mapting, used to take pictures of actions related the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have our next photo competition to celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity starting from 12-22 May.Mapting_FB_AD

I’m also facilitating our next online training programme for youth, Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics (LSE) starting 19 June. This 10-week course is designed to prepare and empower young people with the skills and knowledge to be effective ethical sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects.

One of my favorite roles of my job is having a group of Earth Charter Young Leaders, those who have completed the LSE course, from all over the world. These leaders are from countries such as St. Lucia, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Japan, Netherlands, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Rwanda, and Spain, just to name a few! My responsibility is to support them along their year commitment as an Earth Charter Young Leader implementing activities and workshops in their community.

I’m also diving into the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Leadership Training Programme created by esd-training-flierEarth Charter International for the UNESCO Global Action Program (GAP) on ESD focusing on priority area number 4: empowering and mobilizing youth. The training is designed for young people from 18-35 who are active leaders in sustainable development in their communities.  At the beginning of July, I will be co-facilitating the training programme in Brasilia, Brazil for selected young leaders from across Latin America!

I’m very excited to start this dynamic new job not to mention the stunning nature views and sounds from my office! I’m happy to be back in the country I grew up visiting as my second home while promoting a more peaceful and sustainable world using the skills and knowledge I’ve gained from my studies and experiences!IMG_0032

 

 

 

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GRI and Earth Charter Event in Amsterdam, May 2008

Earth Charter endorsers or users who are in the Amsterdam region in early May should consider putting the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) ‘Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency’ on their agenda. Apart from the general relevance of the conference, the Earth Charter will be the focus of a special high level event to be held on Thursday 8 May at 12.45pm. See the programme here

The purpose of the event, to be chaired by Ruud Lubbers, Earth Charter co-founder/Commissioner, will be to discuss how the Earth Charter and the GRI can work together to better advance their shared missions, and to discuss the Earth Charter guidance paper describing the complementary – and different – aspects of the Earth Charter, the GRI and the UN Global Compact.

 

Among other things, the paper encourages all Earth Charter users to use the GRI guidelines to assess and report their use of the Charter. Earth Charter endorsers and users are encouraged to attend the GRI conference or follow its proceedings. A report on the Earth Charter session will be made available shortly after the conference. Please find the Earth Charter Guidance paper here.

 

If you are able to attend the event, please register and take part in this interesting dicussion! Register here.

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