Three Earth Charter Young Leaders from Panama – Rocio Collantes, Astrid De La Lastra and Genesis Pinzon – held a series of two webinars on the Earth Charter and its links with the SDGs, alongside with the IMEF University, the Autonomous University of Chiapas and the Faculty of Agronomy of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa.

The first webinar, focused on SDG 1 (No Poverty), took place on the 09th of October 2020 and was organised by Yenedith Orozco, Director of Social Responsibility at the IMEF University. The ECYL highlighted the relationship of SDG 1 with the 3rd Pillar of the Earth Charter (Social and Economic Justice). The participants also discussed the importance of the 40 C/80 Resolution 80 released on the 6th of November 2019, which mentions the contribution of the Earth Charter to UNESCO’s Activities related to Education for Sustainable Development.

The second webinar was held on November 27th 2020 on the topic of the Earth Charter in Action with the SDGs, with a focus on agronomy, organised by Prof. Margoth Lugo of the Faculty of Agronomy of the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa. They reflected on the relationship between some SDGs (2, 6, 12, 13 and 15) with the 2nd Pillar of the Earth Charter (Ecological Integrity). The webinar benefited from the participation of students and professionals of agronomist and environmental engineering. They explained the agricultural and livestock projects that Panama has been carrying out, related to the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Rocio, Astrid and Genesis came to the conclusions that, at the international level, we must continue to promote the relationship between the SDGs and the Earth Charter and their common actions, in order to meet the goals of the 2030 Agenda of the UN. Highlighting this link for the civil strategy is an essential strategy, in as much as not everyone knows the commitment and meaning of the Earth Charter movement. They also concluded that the voice of the youth, who represents the future of the next generation, must be given more space. They should be given access to an education on the essence of why and how we can protect Planet Earth, so we can make our environment less polluted and violent. It is time to teach the youth the true meaning of having a dignified and healthy life, and to say no to any form of cultural, economic and social violence.

Acknowledgements : 

The Earth Charter Young Leaders express their sincere thanks to the IMEF University, the Autonomous University of Chiapas, and the Faculty of Agronomy of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa for inviting them to present the meaning of the Earth Charter in relation to the SDGs. A special thanks to José Cruz, Systems and Technology Coordinator of the

International Network of SDG Promoters Mexico, for supporting the live transmissions of the webinars. It is a happiness and pride for them to represent Panama in the Earth Charter Movement as Young Leaders.

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