“El ser humano es lo más importante de la creación y por eso mismo, debemos preocuparnos por la Casa Común donde los humanos habitan”.
#Panama2019 🇵🇦 | El documento lo firmaron Monseñor José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, Arzobispo de Panamá y Presidente del Comité Organizador Local de la JMJ, y Carlos Rabat, Presidente de la Junta de Síndicos y Representante Legal de @ANCONOrg. pic.twitter.com/XoOguhuQir— JMJ Panamá 2019 (@jmj_es) February 22, 2018
PANAMA, FEBRUARY 22th 2018.- The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of World Youth Day, Panama 2019, and the National Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON) signed a Collaboration Agreement to guarantee that the environmental component is an integral part of the planning, organization and management of WYD, which will minimize the impact on the environment.
The Agreement with ANCON seeks to follow the parameters of what is known as “zero waste events”, applying the three R: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Another aim of this agreement is to make the World Youth Day an initiative that encourages the participation of youth in environmental activities.
It is also intended to establish a support structure with volunteers in all the cities where activities related to the WYD are carried out, to execute the “zero waste events” plan.
The document was signed by Monsignor José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, Archbishop of Panama and President of the Local Organizing Committee of WYD, and Carlos Rabat, President of the Board of Trustees and Legal Representative of ANCON.
Both entities commit to agree green policies for those involved in WYD 2019, whether they are suppliers, donors, sponsors, participants, among others.
The document will allow establishing alliances with city halls, national authorities and parishes to manage the generation and management of waste with the lowest possible environmental impact.
Monsignor Ulloa thanked ANCON for its willingness in favor of WYD, starting with the encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si, on the Care of the Common House.
The Archbishop highlighted the importance of making young people care for the environment but, as Pope Francis emphasizes, not circumscribing the problem only to the conservation of nature itself, “but focusing it from a human perspective where it emphasizes that the attack on the ecology produces, above all, an attack on the human being. “
Faithful to the Holy Father’s thought, Monsignor Ulloa stressed: “Human being is the most important thing of creation and for that reason, we must worry about the Common House where humans live”. He added: “That is the main concern of World Youth Day”.
On his part, the President of the Board of Trustees of ANCON, Carlos Rabat, said that ANCON will focus on providing environmental education to organizers, leaders of parishes, youth, volunteers and pilgrims in the proper management of their waste, training them from the concepts of the reduction of waste, reuse and, as a last option, recycling.
“We will train environmental leaders in more than 250 parishes nationwide, starting in the coming weeks and accompanying them in the transition to form a local organization that can promote an environmental culture,” Rabat added.
The Executive Director of ANCON, Rita Spadafora, requested “the private sector and the multinationals located in Panama to join the most important event of 2019, which can become a catalyst for a new environmental culture in the country.”