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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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Earth Charter youth network wants to expand in Europe!

An example of an European Earth Charter effort:


In March 2011 the Earth Charter International along with the Earth Charter Youth Team organizes a one-day online conference to inform the European youth organizations and individual activists on the Earth Charter and its usefulness as an educational instrument when building a more just, sustainable and peaceful world.

So far some 100 organizations have joined the Earth Charter youth network from Europe and Central Asia. In addition, there are 16 official Earth Charter Youth and Student Groups (ECYG) in 16 European and Central Asian countries.

ECYGs are action-oriented societies, networks, or organizations that bring alive the vision of the Earth Charter in the local and/or national communities. The youth study the declaration, get inspired by it and then organize small action projects on sustainability.

Youth in Europe promote the Earth Charter by

  • organizing events where they present the declaration
  • translating the document
  • informing other organizations on it
  • training people on sustainable development and ways of living.

National Earth Charter Websites in Europe and CA:

Finland | Germany | Greece | Italy | Latvia Norway | Russia |

From the related articles below, one can see some examples of the European Earth Charter youth activism.

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ECYG translates the Earth Charter into 3 languages

Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.

Earth Charter Youth Group de leut’s environment from Croatia has completed a great task! They have translated the Earth Charter in three new languages: Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian!

The translation was executed by following people from de leut’s environment – Bosnia and Herzegovina:

  • Musli?? Midhat Midho, founder/manager
  • Bratislav Hegyessy, coordinator
  • ??or??e Pra??i??, consultant

Congratulations to the Earth Charter Youth Group de leut’s environment for this important work! You can find the translations here.


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EC youth activists elected to UN CSD Major Group on Children & Youth

Congratulations to the newly elected UN CSD Major Group on Children & Youth leadership for the 2009 -2010 year!

Great to see so many Earth Charter youth network members in leadership positions! Out of the 6 regions, 3 are now coordinated with Earth Charter youth network activists!

Steering Committee:
Fatoumata S. Baldeh – The Gambia
Ivana Savic – Serbia
Julia Wong- USA 
Kiara Worth – South Africa

Elected Regional Coordinators

Asia
Birendra Kumar – India

Africa
Esther Agbarakwe – Nigeria 


Europe

European Youth Forum

Latin America
Shiba Andre – Haiti 

North America
Anantdeep Singh Dhillon – Canada

Oceania
Didier Gleyzes – France 

Among other things, the regional coordinators are responsible for gathering input from youth in their region and encouraging them to participate in the CSD process.

What is UN-CSD?
UN-CSD stands for the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD). It was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit. The High-level segment features dialogue among Ministers, and Ministers also hold a special dialogue session with Major Groups.

What is CSD Caucasus?
The CSD Youth Caucus is an international network of over 2,000 youth leaders that brings together young people with a desire to build a more sustainable world. The focus of the caucus to facilitate youth input into the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and to foster information sharing and communication between a diverse network of youth organisations who share a common interest in sustainability.

For more information, see http://www.youen.org/ 

Best of luck in your great responsibility on working for more sustainable future!

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