“We are America,
we are the beautiful landscapes our countries have,
we are 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 doesn’t have education,
that doesn’t have food,
that doesn’t have somewhere to live.
Every women and men that are suffering violence.
We are the indigenous people that are displaced,
we are the immigrants that have to leave their towns and countries to seek a better future due to all the injustices.”
Keren Castellanos, 15 years old, Honduras
Concausa 2030 is an initiative organized by América Solidaria, ECLAC, and UNICEF, with the collaboration of Caserta Foundation and the sponsorship of Preuniversitario Pedro de Valdivia. It aims to boost and enhance young people projects that wants to end child poverty in the region and achieve the 2030 agenda for the sustainable development.
50 teenagers from 16 countries of the continent meet at the third version of the CONCAUSA Regional Meeting 2018 to share and enhance their community projects for sustainable development.
17 projects developed by young people from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Estados Unidos, Nicaragua, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Honduras, and Uruguay were selected from 706 projects submitted by young people aged between 15 to 17. The selected teams got the possibility of travel to Santiago, Chile and participate in a learning activities week that allowed them to enhance their projects and advocacy to deeply know the 2030 agenda, its 17 SDG, and strength their leadership.
The program ended with a seminary carried out in ECLAC headquarter . The seminary was inaugurated by the UNICEF chief executive officer Henrietta Fore, the Latin America regional director María Cristina Perceva, the ECLAC executive secretary Alicia Bárcena , and the America Solidaria executive chairman , Benito Baranda
America Solidaria reaffirms the commitment with teenagers of the continent to overcome child poverty and the realities the world face nowadays, giving them necessary tools to act and transform their communities.
Thanks to Rebeldes Concausafor their courage and conviction, for teaching us that we can change the world with simple and small acts, that we can’t stay still, that we can thinks different, and defy the rules. Thanks to join the cause and work for a fair continent for all.