August 11, 2010
The World Youth Parliament (WYP) will take place this week
(August 9-16) at St. John’s University and the United Nations
Headquarters in New York City. The WYP is a global forum of
dialogue formed by youth from different cultures and beliefs who
have been developing a “Magna Carta of Values for a New
Civilization.” The main event of the WYP will take place on
August 13, at the UN Headquarters, where 200 youth will officially
present their draft of the Magna Carta from their particular
country, which is one of 20 member nations in North or South
America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
The organizers of the event include: the Idente Youth
International, the Fernando Rielo Foundation, The Center for
Global Development at St. John’s University, the Universidad
Técnica Particular de Loja (Ecuador), Unicaritas - Rome, Italy; and
the Idente Foundation of Studies and Research.
In 1991, the World Youth Parliament was founded by the Spanish
philosopher Fernando Rielo, who is also the founder of the Idente
Youth organization and the Institute of Id of Christ Redeemer,
Missionaries and Idente Missionaries. The ultimate goal of the WYP
is that all youth, without distinction, research and analyze those
themes that concern them, and that their conclusions and proposals
are heard on a global level by all political, social and religious
establishments. In addition, their aim is that by overcoming
ideological prejudices and cultural barriers, they will stimulate
unity and peace in their communities.
In the Magna Carta of Values, the youth express those values that
they are trying to defend in order to promote good and justice
before the current problems that face our society including, but
not limited to: war, the multiple attacks against human life,
hunger, inequality, unemployment, the environment. Therefore, the
document proposes principles, agreed on by the most diverse group
of youth, and the promise to live by these principles in all areas
representative of the human experience: interpersonal
relationships, family, politics, the economy, the environment,
education, and networks of communication.
The aspiration of WYP members is that this document serves as a
basis for future drafts of constitutional letters of any
On August 11 and 12, at St. John’s University in Queens, the
program agenda includes debates and group discussions on the
different amendments of the Magna Carta proposed by each
group. Then the amendments will be voted on and approved in
the plenary session on August 13, at the UN. During the plenary
session there will be a reading of the final draft of the Magna
Carta and then it will be analyzed as to how to implement the next
steps of the WYP on the basis of this important document.
On August 13, there will be a formal session presided by the
Cardinal of New York, S.E. Edward Egan; The Permanent Observer of
the Holy See to the UN, Monsignor Francis A. Chullikatt; the
Ecuadorian Ambassador to the UN, Francisco Carrión; the President
of the Institute of Idente Missionaries and of the Idente Youth
International, Dr. Jesús Fernández Hernández; the Director of the
Center for Global Development at St. John’s University, Dr.
Annalisa Saccá; the Rector-Chancellor of the Universidad Técnica
Particular de Loja, Dr. José Barbosa Corbacho; and the
Representative of Unicaritas-Rome, Dr. Riccardo Colasanti.
Wednesday, August 11th
Opening session of the World Youth Parliament.
Carnesecca Arena, St. John’s University
- Dr. Luis Casasús Latorre, President of Idente Youth
- Dr. Annalisa Saccà, Directora del Center for Global Development
St. John’s University
- Sister Margaret John Kelly, D.C., Ph.D., Executive Director of
the Vincentian Center, St. John’s University.
- Dr. Riccardo Colasanti, Unicaritas CEO (Chief Executive
Press Conference: personalities and youth of the WYP different
countries (EEUU, México, Ecuador, España, Italia, Alemania, India,
Carnesecca Arena, St. John’s University.
Friday, August 13th:
Presentation of the Magna Carta of Values for a New
United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room No. 2
- His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New
- His Excellency Most Rev. Francis Assisi Chullikatt, Permanent
Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
- His Excellency Ambassador Francisco Carrión Mena, Permanent
Representative of the Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations
- Dr. Luis Casasús Latorre, President Instituto Id de Cristo
Redentor and Idente Youth International
- Dr. Annalisa Saccà, Director – St. John’s University – Center
for Global Development
- Dr. José Barbosa Corbacho, President – Chancellor of
the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja
- Dr. Riccardo Colasanti, CEO, Unicarita
For more information, please contact Yerania Galvez, WYP
New York Planning Committee by phone at (212) 601-2744
Ext. 3744 or (347) 835-0639, or by e-mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about St. John's University, please contact Dominic
Scianna, Assistant Vice President for Media Relations at (718)