Several universities and local governments endorsed the Earth Charter between October and December 2017 thanks to the efforts of the focal points of the Mexican Earth Charter Network.
In Oaxaca, the Technological University of the Central Valley (UTVCO) endorsed the Earth Charter during the Forum of Green Economy and Sustainable Agriculture, organized by this institution in October 2017. Rector Nydia Mata Sánchez signed the endorsement and assured her commitment to strengthen education that innovates, manages knowledge and generates sustainable entrepreneurship. In this news article you can find more information.
The Interdisciplinary Research Center for Regional Integral Development (CIIDIR) Oaxaca Unit, endorsed the Earth Charter at its 34th anniversary ceremony, held on November 17, 2017.
In the City of Durango, twenty-one universities signed the commitment to the principles and values of the Earth Charter during the International Congress of Sustainable Agriculture, organized by the Technological and Polytechnic Universities, held from October 18 to 20, 2017, with more than 1,500 attendees. Mr. Héctor Arreola, General Coordinator of the Universities highlighted during his speech the importance of using the Earth Charter in universities as an educational instrument to achieve sustainability and promote caring of the planet. The Governor of Durango, Dr. José Rosas Aispuro Torres was the witness of honor and expressed his support to the implementation of this commitment at the State Government and its entire executive structure.
In Zacatecas, the municipalities of Guadalupe and Loreto endorsed the Earth Charter. In Loreto, the Cabildo unanimously approved the principles and values of the Earth Charter as an ethical reference to facilitate the practices of sustainable lifestyles among its inhabitants. The Municipal President, Prof. José Luis Figueroa Rangel, stated his intention to constitute a group of public servants who will generate an impact towards different sectors of society through their example and daily work.
Other universities that have endorsed the Earth Charter recently:
– Autonomous University of Chiapas (News article)
– Technological Institute of Tacambaro
– Center of Social and Economic Studies of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa
The EC Mexican network focal point in Veracruz organized two workshops for university students of Veracruzana University in two of their campuses (Veracruz and Xalapa), with a total of 108 participants. Particpants learned about the Earth Charter and had a moment to reflect on our current challenges and what can they do about them.
Melchor Ernesto Muñoz, Earth Charter Young Leader facilitated an Earth Charter workshop at the Caribe University in Cancun (more information in this link).