Latin America and The Caribbean

YouthXchange partners in Latin America and the Caribbean have implemented awareness-raising and capacity-building activities on sustainable consumption through the YouthXchange Initiative in a number of ways. Here are some examples:

Argentina: In 2009, the Instituto Argentino para el Desarrollo Sustentable (IADS) adapted and translated the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption in Spanish for Argentina. The guidebook was launched with non-governmental organizations, communication agencies, educators and youth who received training on how to use it. Ecopibes – a part of Asociacion Civil Red Ambiental – partnered with UNEP on the development and implementation of a 5-day workshop on sustainable lifestyles and YouthXchange in September 2009.  The workshop brought together 10 youth leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru) to develop communication materials, illustrations, and capacity-building modules on sustainable lifestyles.  Each youth was expected to return to their country and further expand YouthXchange.

Bolivia: ECODES - Fundacion Ecologia y Desarollo delivered capacity-building workshops in collaboration with a number of partners including Scouts de Bolivia, Potosí Verde, Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, OTC en Sucre and Consejo de la Juventud de España.

Colombia: Organización Juvenil Ambiental (OJA) has been very active in promoting YouthXchange through capacity-building workshops, conferences and arts workshops relevant to sustainable consumption and production. 

Dominican Republic: ECODES - Fundacion Ecologia y Desarollo has forged numerous partnerships with organizations in the country to conduct capacity-building workshops on sustainable consumption and YouthXchange, namely Scouts Dominicanos, UN Voluntarios, Sirve Quisqueya! and Consejo de la Juventud de España.

Ecuador:
The Ministry of the Environment in Ecuador has identified the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption as a key tool for educating youth on sustainable consumption. The Ministry is adapting and translating the guidebook with the hopes of implementing YouthXchange capacity-building activities upon its completion.

Peru: ECODES - Fundacion Ecologia y Desarollo has created numerous partnerships with organizations in Peru to deliver capacity-building activities in the country. The organizations include Universidad del Pacífico, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Universidad Nacional de San Cristóbal de Huamanga, Centro Guaman Poma de Ayala, CAJU, CONAM and the Centro Cultural de España, Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, Lima.

Three progress reports on Peru's YouthXchange activities are available for download: 2009 and 2012.

Mexico: In 2004, a number of organizations joined forces to adapt and translate the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption in Spanish for Mexico. These include the Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud, Secretariat de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), Centro de Educación y Capacitación para el Desarrollo Sustentable (CECADESU), Procuraduría Federal del Consumidor Profeco