“We are America,
we are the beautiful landscapes our countries have,
we are all the beautiful rivers, the beautiful people that are here.
But we are also
all the children that are suffering in the street,
all the children that don't have an education,
that don’t have food,
that don’t have somewhere to live.
All those women and men who suffer from violence.
We are also all the indigenous peoples who are forced into exile,
we are all the immigrants who have to leave their homes, their countries, to seek a better future because of the injustices they are experiencing."
Keren Castellanos, 15 years old, Honduras
Concausa 2030 is an initiative organized by América Solidaria, ECLAC, and UNICEF, in collaboration with the Caserta Foundation and the sponsorship of the Pedro de Valdivia Pre-University School. It seeks to identify and promote youth projects that aim at ending child poverty in the region and to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
50 adolescents, coming from 16 countries across the continent, met at the 3rd edition of the CONCAUSA 2018 Regional Encounter in order to share and strengthen their community projects for Sustainable Development.
Of the 706 projects submitted by young people between 15 and 17 years of age, 17 projects were selected. These were designed and conducted by young people from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Estados Unidos, Nicaragua, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Honduras, and Uruguay. The members from the selected teams got the chance to travel to Santiago de Chile to participate in a week of training activities that allowed them to consolidate their projects and advocacy for action, learn in depth about the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals and strengthen their leadership.
The program ended with a seminar at the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago. The seminar was opened by UNICEF's Executive Director Henrietta Fore, the Latin America Regional Director María Cristina Perceva, the ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena , and the President of América Solidaria, Benito Baranda.
América Solidaria reaffirms its commitment with adolescents across the continent to overcome child poverty and the realities facing the world today, providing them with the tools necessary for action and transformation in their communities.
Thank you Concausa Rebelsfor your courage and conviction, for teaching us that we can change the world by simple and small actions, that it is not enough to stand still, that we can think differently and challenge the rules. Thank you for joining the cause and working for a fairer continent for all.