On September 11th, 2013, El Salvador's Presidential House opened its doors to more than 60 youth, who presented the II Salvadorian Youth Declaration to the government. The document, a result of extensive dialogue amongst participants of the National Youth Forum in May 2013, was received by Alexander Segovia, President's Technical Secretary, who said: "…Our objective is to institutionalize the space for citizen participation, especially for young people".
The II Salvadorian Youth Declaration, an initiative started by the ALDESAI* (La Asociación para el Desarrollo de la Educación, Salud, Medio Ambiente e Infraestructura), compiles the recommendations made by young people from El Salvador, regarding governance, transparency, violence prevention, climate change, financial education, self-employment and technology adoption. ALDESAI works closely with a number of local organizations, including public, private and academic sectors to promote the voice of young people in the country and the region and implement the actions suggested through local and hemispheric dialogues.
Mauricio Rivas, ALDESAI Executive Director and ASAES* President said after the Declaration was presented to the government: "It is very important to ALDESAI and to youth in general that the Executive level shows interest in the needs and issues that young people are facing. Exchanging recommendations on the declaration creates basic conditions for the youth development in El Salvador."
The National Forum was held on May 3, 2013 as a follow-up activity to the III Young Americas Forum that took place in Colombia in 2012 and was organized by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) within the framework of the VI Summit of the Americas. The Forum creates a space for young people to actively participate in the Summits of the Americas process expressing their recommendations and suggestions to regional policy makers, helping define priorities and mandates for the Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS).
YABT and our partners are working together with young people across the hemisphere on the stages leading up to the IV Young Americas Forum to be held in Panama in 2015.
*Asociación Salvadoreña para el Desarrollo Integral de la Juventud