Youth, students, civil society and the general public attended the Youth Leaders Encounter for Peace, a program run by the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP). The event was held at the premises of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, in the state of Nuevo León, Mexico.
"Culture of Peace and Social Justice" was the theme of the youth encounter that brought together more than 120 people in the area. Among those present were distinguished personalities and speakers from the judicial, academic, student, civil, political and juvenile areas. This space generated an exchange of ideas and opinions.
Angelica Arévalo, director of the House of Legal Culture of the Nation; also Rolando Hernández, director of Student Affairs; and the president of the Federation of Students of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, Gonzalo Carrillo, participated in the activity.
Likewise, Concepción Saviaga, magistrate of the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration in the State of Veracruz and rector of the Universidad Politécnica Veracruzana; also Francisco Guerra, coordinator of the EMAP in Mexico; and Antonio Gutiérrez, youth representative.
Similarly, teacher Jacob Durán, director of the Laboratory of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Peace at the University of Guadalajara; and Damián Maldonado, student representative of the Inter-American Bar of Lawyers in Nuevo León.
The act began with words by the director of the House of Culture, Angélica Arévalo, who said:
"This Encounter will ignite in young people the flame of values that will forge its way."
The coordinator of the GEAP in Mexico, Francisco Guerra, in his lecture and presentation of the World Youth Movement said:
"The project is aimed especially at young people; and the great call we make is to work for the construction of a culture of peace."
Rolando Hernández, director of Student Affairs and president of the Federation of Students of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, in his presentation "Youth: Fertile Field to Sow the Seed of Peace" said:
«It's very important from young people, from children, to receive an education that we deserve, to receive a double education: from our home and our educational sectors.», Hernández said.
Gonzalo Carrillo, federal judge of the Council of the Judiciary, in his participation with the plenary "Culture of peace and social justice," said:
«Do not only respect those institutional ideals that unite us as a nation, but every day watch over us from our own activities (...) Let us see, then, that social peace and social justice are premises of the highest constitutional order.»
Concepción Saviaga, magistrate of the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration in the State of Veracruz, spoke on the theme "Youth with entrepreneurship for social peace". During her presentation she indicated:
"We have to recapture, precisely, the values of seriousness, responsibility and solidarity."
In this context, Jacob Durán, in his lecture "Culture as a Tool for Social Transformation," emphasized being part of the solution to a certain problem, explained:
«Each of us has to generate the culture that we seek, the culture that we would like to transmit to our society, which would allow us in the future to improve and have that world in which we all dream.»
Damian Maldonado, student representative of the Inter-American Bar of Lawyers, through the theme "Leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship for peace", commented that peace has always been present, but that different ways of thinking are needed to observe it.
The theme that ended the day was "Youth competitiveness and the solution to the challenges of the 21st century", by Antonio Gutiérrez, who said:
"Being young today is very difficult because of the constant transformation that society suffers today.".
Gutiérrez concluded by returning to Jaques Delors, former president of the European Commission and creator of the four pillars of education (learning to know, learn to do, learn to be and learn to live together, a document promoted by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture - UNESCO).
Agreement for peace
Finally, youth representatives from six institutions along with the GEAP signed an agreement and work for a culture of peace.
INJUVE (Nuevo León) - Thania Berenice Saucedo Elizondo
Youth Institute of Cadereyta Jiménez - José Antonio Ramírez López
Inter-American Bar of Lawyers (Nuevo León) - Luis René Osorio Guajardo
Juvenile Action (Nuevo León) - Eduardo Leal Buenfil
Club Rotaract of Monterrey - Mariela Tardán Treviño
Center for Youth Integration San Nicolás - Narciso Solares Rojas