A Mexican student was among 60 from around the world who were chosen to attend Global Youth Summit 2017 during the past week and discuss ideas to change the world.
Eric Daniel Ortega Flores traveled to Switzerland for the event organized by Global Changemakers, a Swiss non-governmental organization headquartered in Zürich.
The summit is the organization’s flagship event, designed to bring together 60 new Changemakers from around the world for a week of learning, skill building and networking.
Ortega and his associates, all aged between 18 and 23, were organized into different workgroups divided by the topics of climate change, the empowerment of women, hunger, poverty, education, refugees and corruption.
The graduate of the National Preparatory School Antonio Caso, part of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), was part of the hunger group, which created a manual that specifies the requirements for setting up a sustainable and inexpensive community kitchen, for anywhere in the world.
One feature of the plan was that every kitchen would be equipped with its own garden, eliminating transportation costs.
“It has been astounding to see how new perspectives are found in problem solving. Everything here is about learning from others, from their projects, and making them reach the global scale,” Ortega told the newspaper Milenio.
“I came here convinced that I had to learn and collaborate; the problems of the world are everyone’s, and I just want to help create positive change,” said the student, who wants to major in Hispanic language and literature at the UNAM arts school.
In Mexico, Ortega is a member of My World México, a network of non-governmental organizations that work at local, national and international levels towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
He is also a collaborator with Laboratorio Social MX, an NGO that promotes social empowerment programs in violent communities by seeking economic opportunities and sources of employment for youth at risk.
It was while working at this last organization that Ortega began developing the proposals that would take him to Switzerland and make him a Global Changemaker.
In November, he was a finalist for the 2016 Hult Prize Mexico, which earned him the invitation to attend the Global Youth Summit.
Thirty winning projects will be selected from the Global Youth Summit to be financed and launched.
Global Changemakers was created in 2007 by the British Council to help prepare youths to promote positive social change. It is now an independent organization with a network of more than 1,000 activists who have supported 280 projects in 128 countries.
Source: Mexico News Daily