Rio De Janeiro, BRAZIL (June 19, 2012) — As negotiators continue to battle for agreement over the outcomes of Rio, one group of civic-minded youth from the city’s favelas (slums) took their concerns to Brazil’s leaders Monday.
“It’s time leaders started listening to their younger constituents,” said Edgleison, 19, one of the youth who met with municipal authorities to present the findings of a World Vision youth survey. “It is necessary that we make changes now so that future generations can live in quality.”
Young people across Brazil have spent months in the lead up to the Rio +20 Conference on Sustainable Development, talking to others in their favelas and communities, to gather opinions — and proposed solutions — about issues that affect their daily lives.
“Their perspective is too valuable to ignore,” says World Vision’s Maria Carolina Silva. “We know youth often have a better understanding of poverty and development issues than we give them credit for, which we’ve seen once again. Our survey shows they offer solutions and ideas as well.”
World Vision’s survey was conducted by youth of other children and youth in their communities. Among the findings:
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