In Mexico, the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) held the XXIII Meeting of Youth Leaders for Peace, in the convention center of the city of Durango, with the assistance of 4100 citizens who expressed their commitment to the construction of peace.
29 state institutions participated in the event. The representative of the Directorate of Municipal Education of Durango, Luz Rodríguez; José Enriquez, Municipal President; Ana González, delegate of the Directorate of the Municipal DIF System; and Pedro Schwebel Wolf, Holocaust survivor and leaders of various youth associations were present.
The purpose of the activity was to present attendees the programs and projects developed by the GEAP in different social spheres, to promote citizen participation in work for the improvement, well-being, happiness and peace of the human family and Mother Earth.
Building a culture of peace
Francisco Guerra, national coordinator of the GEAP in Mexico, thanked the institutions and the municipal government of Durango for the collaboration and participation in the activity and invited all sectors to join the different programs of the corporation to work for peace based in social justice.
Luz Rodríguez, representative of the Directorate of Municipal Education, in her participation emphasized that this type of youth meetings leave a positive message, directing students in their individual and social formation. Enhance youth skills.
The meeting was developed through a panel entitled Youth Competitiveness, where the following programs were presented:
- Children of Mother Earth.
- Justice for Peace.
- Life is in the Blood.
- Educating to Remember
- International Alliance of Universities for Peace (ALIUP).
- The Power of Music for the Peace and Happiness of the Integral Human Being.
María Lares, state president of the Civil Association Redesign Mexico, spoke about the importance of enhancing the skills of youth in order to promote, generate and articulate comprehensive public policies that promote the improvement and development of society.
The youth leader Erika Rodríguez, presented the program Children of Mother Earth; she explained that it was created to form the citizen environmental movement Guardians for Peace of Mother Earth, to promote the recognition of Mother Earth as a living being and the defense of her rights.
On the other hand, the young Ángela Valle spoke about the Justice for Peace program, highlighting the importance of work for human rights in the national and international field of action.
In this same subject, María Campos, director of Training of the Human Rights Commission of the State of Durango (CEDH), spoke on “Youth Implementing Human Rights in Mexico” and urged young people not to be silent about the facts that attempt against human dignity.
“It is very important to raise your voice in favor of human rights, not because they are young their rights are limited to what adults say, but that, like every human being, they have rights, they are inherent”, concluded Campos.
Committed to life
Guillermo Gómez, as national representative of the PEC LIFE Communicational Education Program, explained everything related to the project and said: “It is very important that each of us commit ourselves to life, so we can move forward to achieve a culture of free blood donation, safe and supportive”.
The young activist, Denisse Valle, presented the Comprehensive Blood Donation Program “Life is in the Blood”, inviting attendees to participate in the well-being and health of the human being.
“One of the strategies to achieve this is that everyone knows the benefits of being a blood donor, through the days in each of the international marathons we have been doing”, he said.
The future of the generations
“Recognizing that the Holocaust existed allows us to ensure the future of generations, based on justice, truth, harmony and fairness, as well as knowing the factors and circumstances that triggered it, as well as the consequences and repercussions until today”, said Favela.
Pedro Schwebel Wolf, survivor of the Holocaust, recounted his experiences during the genocide: “It is really special that I am here, after going through World War II. I do not want any of you to experience something similar, I invite you to be alert to the warning signs, life is important”.
Signing of agreements
At the end of the event, present institutions signed a collaboration agreement with the GEAP to follow up on an agenda of co-responsibility activities framed in the aforementioned themes.
Representatives of four institutions signed the agreement:
José Ramón Enríquez Herrera, municipal president of Durango.
Ernesto Ríos Contreras, Acción Juvenil Durango.
Adriana Amador Valles, Youth Parliament of Mexico-Durango.
Norman Isaac Chávez, NGO Une sin Fronteras