Merida, Yucatan human rights group heads to South Korea

Merida human rights group enters pact with Nobel Laureates, heads to South Korea Photo: Monserrat Irazoqui

The Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates announced a five-year partnership with Merida-based Jornada de Derechos Humanos to promote relations between the two institutions.

Jornada de Derechos Humanos. a non-profit, multidisciplinary, independent, nonpartisan organization, was founded in 2013. Their focus is education and training for young people in human rights, through peace strategies.

The group was also invited to the World Summit of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates this October in South Korea to assist the Permanent Secretariat of the Summit. The Summit gathered in Merida last year.

“Our mission is to create, together with young people, safe spaces for discussion of human rights problems to contribute to the construction of a more just, informed and democratic society, in which human dignity is fully respected, free from human insecurity, inequality, violence and misinformation,” according to a Jornada de Derechos Humanos statement.

The mission and values of Jornada de Derechos Humanos are in perfect alignment with those of the Permanent Secretariat and its Youth Program, which established in 2012. The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates’ Leading By Example Program recognizes the important role that youth play in promoting messages of peace, and provides educational opportunities for young leaders to engage in dialogues about peace and human rights.

Among others, the partnership with the Permanent Secretariat will give Jornada de Derechos Humanos the opportunity to bring a delegation of youth activists, students and academics from universities and youth organizations to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. They will also have the opportunity to organize a Youth Workshop or PeaceLab.

Additional activities will include outreach to universities in Mexico and Latin America to promote and implement the Summit’s official Youth Program, Leading By Example.

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There will be an ongoing, shared focus on youth leadership and peace education, with the development of common educational leadership programs and the opportunity to organise joint events with the participation of Nobel Peace Laureates at partner universities in Mexico and Latin America.

The Permanent Secretariat looks forward to a long and fruitful partnership in the service of peace education for young leaders in Mexico and Latin America.

Source: Yucatán Expat Life