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Facilitating Communication in the RCE Americas Youth Network

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Facilitating Communication in the RCE Americas Youth Network
Case Study Presentation
Ms. Melissa Sanchez, RCE Borderlands México-USA & Ms. Brittany Foutz, RCE Greater Atlanta
8th Americas Regional Meeting
23-25 September, 2019, Burlington, USA

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Facilitating Communication in the RCE Americas Youth Network

  1. 1. Facilitating Communication in the RCE Americas Youth Network A Presentation by RCE Borderlands Mexico-USA, Melissa Sanchez, and RCE Greater Atlanta, Brittany Foutz RCE Americas 2019 Meeting Burlington, Vermont
  2. 2. Background of the Facilitators Melissa Sanchez Brittany Foutz Brittany is a Professor in the Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland (120 miles from D.C.). She is a Research Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Center (one of the top ten think tanks in the world), Senior Research Fellow with the Bosserman Center of Conflict Resolution and Research Associate, has been a Program Manager with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research’s CIFAL Division. She speaks five fluent languages. Melissa Sanchez is a third year law student at Universidad La Salle Chihuahua. She is one of the Youth co-coordinators of the RCE BMU. She is one of the founders of CIERVO (a group created by university students to overcome social conflicts, currently a part of 4 local universities), she teaches in the language center at her university and she participates with local projects to help shape society. She speaks 3 fluent languages.
  3. 3. The Role of Technology in Facilitating Communication and Implementing the SDGs ● Technology and innovation are central to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ● When utilized effectively, technology can be mobilized to identify barriers to and provide solutions for sustainable development challenges from the local to global level. ● To reap the full benefits of technologies, it is also important to understand the social, cultural, political, regulatory, environmental, and economic factors influencing access to technologies. This includes several ongoing policy agendas within the UN system: ○ intellectual property rights ○ technology transfer mechanisms ○ technology banks ○ efforts to strengthen statistical capacity
  4. 4. The Role of Youth: By youth, with youth, for youth ● Youth have the creativity, the potential and the capacity to make change happen – for themselves, for their communities, and for the rest of the world. ● The innovative potential of young people, combined with the power of technology, is already proving to be a powerful force on the road to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
  5. 5. The world today is home to the largest generation of young people in history, 1.8 billion ● Aged 10 to 24 years ○ Noting that there is no universally agreed international definition of youth and while recognizing that the UN Secretariat for statistical purposes defines ‘youth’ as those persons between the ages of 15 and 24 years ● Close to 90 % of them live in developing countries, where they constitute a large proportion of the population. ● Connected to each other like never before, young people want to and already contribute to the resilience of their communities, proposing innovative solutions, driving social progress and inspiring political change, in urban as well as rural contexts.
  6. 6. Questions raised at the 6th Economic and Social Council Youth Forum at the UN ● What measures must be undertaken to bridge the technological divide? ● How can youth digital engagement via social media be harnessed into real world solutions to implement the sustainable development goals? ● How are youth already leveraging appropriate technologies in their local communities to achieve the SDGs?
  7. 7. ● Barriers in collaboration in RCE Americas locations ○ Language ○ Distance ● Practices of innovative technology and education for sustainability. ● Implementation of a social media campaign with the Americas locations’ youth networks ● Using the tools in our toolbox: Facebook, Instagram ● United Nations Peacemaker Digital Toolkit The Role of Technology in Facilitating Communication and Implementing the SDGs
  8. 8. Healthy Food Challenge ● Posting photos of nutritional and healthy food and beverages ● Each month is a different city to run/bike a marathon. Can calculate all the miles to see how everyone in the entire world. ● #UNwellbeing #salud, #bienestar, #goodhealth, #wellbeing, #sdg3
  9. 9. Emma Watson Book Challenge ● Actress Emma Watson started a global, monthly Goodreads book club of feminist texts. She's recruited a team to hide books for people to find all over the world. She once took a year off from acting to read more (really!). She even allows everyone to keep tabs on her growing reading list. ● #protecteducation, #protegarlaeducacion, #sdg4, #qualityeducation, #educaciondecalidad
  10. 10. Water Security Project ● Some kind of competition to get clean water to more communities. Find communities that lacking water. ● Water.org sponsorship ● #water.org, #cleanwater #sanitation, #agualimpia, #saneamiento, #sdg6
  11. 11. Lights Off City Challenge ● Challenge a particular city: turn off light at certain time every day. ● Each month is a different city. ● #sdg11, #sustainablecities, #ciudadessostenibles
  12. 12. https://hashtagify.me/ This website helps explore popularity, correlations, trends, top language and spelling variants, and usage patterns. One can see the top influencers that use the specific hashtag.
  13. 13. https://tagboard.com/ The Pinterest of hashtags. Tagboard is a great way to get a quick, visual snapshot of how a hashtag is being used across multiple platforms. One can also see hashtags that are linked to the one searched for, which is handy for major events that often have multiple hashtags.
  14. 14. Conclusion and Questions Our contact information: Melissa Sanchez melysnchz4@gmail.com Brittany Foutz blfoutz@salisbury.edu

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