Earth Charter Young Leaders Julián Arias from Costa Rica, Karen Proa from Mexico, and Rocío Collantes from Panama, were selected to participate, for a second time, in the 2020 edition of the 2030 Agenda – Citizen Ambassadors Program. Their purpose is to promote the Earth Charter’s links with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, both at the SDG Action Week and at the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations – UN75, in which they conducted a series of international webinars.
The 2020 edition of the 2030 Agenda Citizen Ambassadors Program has been organized by The Millennials Movement, the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY), and by the SDG Action Campaign for the facilitation of the ‘MYWorld 2030’ survey (part of ‘the World’s Largest Lesson’ initiative).
It was the 5th edition of the Agenda 2030 Citizen Ambassadors Program, taking place over six months, and aiming the promotion of the involvement of civil society organizations from the Latin American and Caribbean Region. These groups of people work in the processes of raising awareness, of implementation and citizen monitoring of the 2030 Agenda and of the SDGs in their communities.
These three Earth Charter Young Leaders held nine webinars in total in the SDGs Action Week, for My Community 2030, for Schools2030, the UN75, and for people involved in the ‘MYWorld 2030’ survey.
They have had the pleasure to count on the special participation of the: IMEF Universitario of the Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, Carlos Amanquez – the General Secretary of the International Network of SDG Promoters, the Escuela Profesional Isabel Herrera Obaldía from Panama, Teresa “Profe La Wachi Argüelles”, David Martínez – the Executive Director of Young Peruvian Leaders, His Excellency Marcelino Avilés Valdespino – the Ambassador of Panama to the Commonwealth of Australia, Ing. Walter Myers – the director in charge a.i. of the National Geographic Institute Tommy Guardia from Panama, the National Tecnological Institute Nacional of México – the Instituto Tecnológico de Orizaba, Rosa Fernández – the Coordinator of Gender and Equal Opportunities of the General Secretary of the International Network of SDG Promoters, the International Network of SDGs Promoters from Dominican Republic, the ‘Emprende Junior’ Program, the Young Peruvian Leaders for the SDGs, the ‘Camino R.D 2030 SDG’, the School of Political Training of Girls Leaders, the ‘Imparte’ International Foundation, the SDGs Kids Education and Music for the Future, the Lions Club Caracas General Monagas, the Sustainable Venezuela Ambassadors, the Citizens Actions Opportunity’ group from Venezuela, the ‘Acción Global’ Foundation, the association VEN Da Tu Mano, the Lions Club CCS Fermín Toro, the URANIA Foundation, the Váyalo Foundation, the Vitalis group, JA Venezuela, Marisol Chávez – the Founder and Director of ‘Acción Ambiental Red Mundial de Jóvenes Políticos’, the Red International groups of SDGs promoters from Ecuador and México, Convergenza Consultoria, and ‘El blog de Karica’.
The Earth Charter Youth Leaders express their sincere thanks to these youth organizations and NGOs for joining the webinars, and thus the effort to build better prospects for future generations. In particular, they thank José Cruz – the Technology Systems Coordinator of the International Network of SDGs Promoters México, for his support on the online live transmission of the webinars at the international level.
They highlight that “it is important to follow up on the United Nations Youth and Sustainable Development Goals during the ‘Decade of Action,’ as it is called upon by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The latter urges UN members to support and implement projects that refer to this framework, and to value young people as our hope and legacy of world peace. Most importantly, we pledge our commitment and responsibility to promote the Earth Charter so that future young generations will know the true meaning of the Earth Charter and will make it known in schools, universities, institutions, and ministries of every country, as part of an Education for Sustainable Development.”