Road to Rio+20,Latin American Youth Declaration
The Lan American Civil Society Youth Organizaons see the need for the transion to a global greeneconomy to have as a basis an ethical frame and the principles dened by the Earth Charter andAgenda 21: the respect and protecon of community life, ecological integrity, universal human rights,respect for diversity, gender equality, economic jusce, democracy and a culture of peace. In addion,that the United Naons make a commitment to those principles and promote them among its mem
bers.We aspire to create a model of green economy, solidary and creave, 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 populaon - both urban and rural -creang valuable green jobs and spaces for parcipaon;• Promote responsible consumpon;• Ensure control and penalizaon of companies with contaminang producon through a system of incenves and benets for those that implement good pracces;• Create new indicators to measure the level of development and/or income of countries, includingvariables that measure the improvement of cizens’ 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 theconservaon of biodiversity;• Promote accountability and control in the mining and hydrocarbons industries;• Allocate 2% of world GDP for the transion to a green economy under a framework forpoverty reducon.
In regards to Participation and Access to Information:
Produce and disseminate accessible informaon technically speaking and in terms of languages to ensurethe informed parcipaon of the community and thus enforce the right of access to informaon;
• Produce sustainability reports to measure and communicate their economic, social andenvironmental impact, and to account the fulllment of internaonal commitments;• Create local Youth Councils to monitor the commitments made by the States at all levels, thusensuring youth parcipaon in decision making spaces and construcon processes of public policies,especially in relaon 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 theproducon process, and every economic acvity;• Secure the fulllment of the principle of precauon in the development and markeng of newproducts by companies;• Develop systems for sustainable urban solid waste management through:- The separaon of these residues by the enre community;- The eradicaon of common dumpsters by their replacement with dierenated separaon systems;- The establishment of recycling centers at the local level;- The implementaon of public educaon and awareness policies to reduce waste producon;- The creaon and implementaon of laws on urban solid waste that involve businesses and makesthem accountable for processing waste.