IOM REITERATES ITS COMMITMENT TO THE RIGHTS OF MIGRANT YOUTH


Date Publish: 
Saturday, August 19, 2017

IOM participated, for the third consecutive time, in El Salvador's National Youth Fair - JUVENTOUR 2017 - with the objective of promoting migrant's rights, non-discrimination of returnees and risks of irregular migration.

This last edition of JUVENTOUR is carried out under the Actívate plan whose purpose is to bring closer to the younger population the services of government agencies, international organizations, civil society and private companies in education, health, culture, arts and employment. In addition, street theater, the pavilion of arts, culture and environment, among others, were organized.

"This year we are focused on informing young people about their rights, but mainly to raise awareness in this population about the importance of respecting the rights of others. Through the hashtag #YoNoDiscrimo, we invite people to reflect on the contributions of migrants to the community and to be more empathetic to vulnerable populations", said IOM´s Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy.

IOM also supported the dissemination of the Sustainable Development Goals (ODS), sharing with other agencies of the United Nations System a common message on ODS and its importance for better living conditions for people, through the eradication of poverty, the fight against hunger, inequalities and injustice, and addressing climate change.

According to the Salvadoran government, through the National Youth Institute (INJUVE) during the last three years, JUVENTOUR has attracted the participation of 366,418 people and they hope that this year the attendance to the activity reached more than 100,000 young people and adolescents from all over the country.

For more information, please contact OIM El Salvador, José Miguel Gómez - miggomez@iom.int; or IOM El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Alba Miriam Amaya - aamaya@iom.int