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Latin American Youth Declaration

Latin American Youth Declaration

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Road to Rio+20,Latin American Youth Declaration
The Lan American Civil Society Youth Organizaons see the need for the transion to a global greeneconomy to have as a basis an ethical frame and the principles dened by the Earth Charter andAgenda 21: the respect and protecon of community life, ecological integrity, universal human rights,respect for diversity, gender equality, economic jusce, democracy and a culture of peace. In addion,that the United Naons make a commitment to those principles and promote them among its mem
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bers.We aspire to create a model of green economy, solidary and creave, based on the respect of naturalresources and the individuals of society.For that, we consider fundamental that governments:
In regards to the Green Economy:
• Promote inclusive projects for youth and all sectors of the populaon - both urban and rural -creang valuable green jobs and spaces for parcipaon;• Promote responsible consumpon;• Ensure control and penalizaon of companies with contaminang producon through a system of incenves and benets for those that implement good pracces;• Create new indicators to measure the level of development and/or income of countries, includingvariables that measure the improvement of cizens’ quality of life and the environment in whichthey live;• Fund and/or accept as part of the payment of external debt, projects of recovery and theconservaon of biodiversity;• Promote accountability and control in the mining and hydrocarbons industries;• Allocate 2% of world GDP for the transion to a green economy under a framework forpoverty reducon.
In regards to Participation and Access to Information:
Produce and disseminate accessible informaon technically speaking and in terms of languages to ensurethe informed parcipaon of the community and thus enforce the right of access to informaon;
Produce sustainability reports to measure and communicate their economic, social andenvironmental impact, and to account the fulllment of internaonal commitments;Create local Youth Councils to monitor the commitments made by the States at all levels, thusensuring youth parcipaon in decision making spaces and construcon processes of public policies,especially in relaon to natural resources management.
In regards to Zero Waste:
Adopt the concept of zero waste as a goal for the global community as a whole, every stage of theproducon process, and every economic acvity;Secure the fulllment of the principle of precauon in the development and markeng of newproducts by companies;Develop systems for sustainable urban solid waste management through:- The separaon of these residues by the enre community;- The eradicaon of common dumpsters by their replacement with dierenated separaon systems;- The establishment of recycling centers at the local level;- The implementaon of public educaon and awareness policies to reduce waste producon;- The creaon and implementaon of laws on urban solid waste that involve businesses and makesthem accountable for processing waste.

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