On October 18th, the World Youth Alliance Latin America region held its Emerging Leaders Conference, Health: The Next Global Challenge, at “Anáhuac México Norte” University.
For two days Latin American leaders gathered to discuss health and sustainable development with renowned experts. Members from the Puebla, Guadalajara, Querétaro and Costa Rica WYA Chapters, high school and university students and civil society representatives all attended the conference.
Carlos Camacho, Director of the School of International Relations at Anahuac University, delivered the opening speech on Friday afternoon along with a few words by Jessica Baptista, WYALA Regional Director. World Youth Alliance President, Obadias Ndaba, and Catherine Prati, Academic Coordinator of the area of Legal and Graduate studies of Anáhuac University, also presented at the opening ceremony.
President Obadias Ndaba gave an introduction on how the international agenda is addressing key issues needed for sustainable development and what these goals will look like for the Post-2015 Agenda. After, Mauricio Llamas, Professor of Anáhuac University, addressed the need for policies that decrease the impact of pollution on the environment, and emphasized that that healthy development requires a healthy environment.
Next, Laura Enriquez, Technical Secretary for the Youth Commission of the Mexican Congress, presented the low statistics for Mexican youth who are involved in the country’s decision making, and encouraged young people to increase their participation in their societies through organizations like the World Youth Alliance.
The first conference day concluded with the presentation of Dr. Pilar Calva PhD, expert on Bioethics, who talked about health policies that address sexual and reproductive rights and the negative consequence on society which accompanies this limited vision of the human person.
On Saturday morning, Tonatiuh Magos, Coordinator of the Campaign on Maternal and Child Health of World Vision Mexico, shared the health issues that affect communities and vulnerable groups such as indigenous people in Latin America, who have difficulties accessing the healthcare system due to cultural differences and find themselves without adequate care.
A panel introducing the importance of next year as the 20th anniversary of the International Day of the Family concluded the conference. This panel was given by Diana Ibarra PhD, Coordinator of the Family and Gender Division of CISAV, Pedro Pallares, Academic of the Panamerican University and Catherine Prati from Anáhuac University as moderator. During this panel, Diana Ibarra emphasized the importance of the family for achieving personal success in a society that focuses on promoting professional success. Pedro Pallares addressed the same topic through a Human Rights perspective, in which he presented the problems that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights is facing in regard to family issues in modern society.
A closing ceremony was held with a final speech by Catherine Prati and closing remarks by WYA´s President Obadias Ndaba and the WYALA staff Kateri Salas and Jessica Baptista.
The Latin America Emerging Leaders Conference served as the perfect forum for young people to discuss relevant issues that this generation and future ones will face. We thank Anahuac University for opening their doors to the World Youth Alliance. Thank you to all the attendants for their commitment to building a more sustainable world and to the speakers for their contribution to the development of young leaders. Finally we would like to thank the WYALA team for their hard work in making this event possible.
See you on the Emerging Leaders Conference 2014!
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