Santiago, October 8, 2019.- In their role as ambassadors of the Concausa program, led by ECLAC, UNICEF and América Solidaria, in collaboration with Fundación Caserta and sponsored by the Pedro de Valdivia Pre-University School, Catalina Silva from Chile y Eyleen Menchú from Guatemala arrived to San Jose, Costa Rica, to participate in the Local Conference of Youth (LCOY), in the framework of the PreCOP 25 that is taking place in the city.
In front of nearly 70 activists and various regional authorities, the adolescents were the voice of the regional challenge called “1000 actions for change“which seeks to promote a thousand youth-led initiatives to counteract the climate crisis, in the run-up to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25), to be held in Chile in December 2019.
"We want to show what we, the youth of the continent, have to say about this crisis, and above all that we are acting and that our contribution is substantial," said Catalina, 18, Concausa's ambassador for climate crisis topics.
The LCOY took place on October 7 and was attended by the Vice President of Costa Rica, Epsy Campbell,who was also one of the authorities who received a youth declaration with key recommendations for climate action. The text was drafted by a group of adolescents, including the young Chilean ambassador.
"Climate change is not an opinion. It is factual, there is scientifically proven data (...) Costa Rica is committed to creating a larger platform for these youth-designed solutions to be scaled up. We call on other governments to join us. It is our responsibility to support their efforts, because they are the new generation of light," emphasized Campbell.
In addition, as part of PreCOP 25, which takes place between 8 and 10 October, Catalina and Eyleen had a meeting with Andrew Gilmour,Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Head of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for the same matter (OHCHR) in New York, to whom they were able to present the "1000 actions for change" project and the Concausa programme.