On March 31st, and with a full house, the International Institute Madrid hosted the presentation of SDSN-Youth in Spain. This was a unique moment in which we shared with Spanish audiences details of our network´s global efforts and programs (i.e., Local Pathways; Youth Solutions Report; Youth, Peace, and Security; Global Schools Program; and Arts Twenty Thirty). Co-hosting the event was Diego Paredes, Spain’s Network Coordinator, and Isabel Perez Dobarro, UN Focal Point and Arts Twenty Thirty Project Lead. The event began with a performance by Arts Twenty Thirty, Juan Antonio Simarro´s Cuatro Acordes por el Desarrollo Sostenible (Four Chords for Sustainable Development). This was a solo piano piece (performed by Isabel Perez Dobarro) that portrays the challenges and opportunities of Sustainable Development by employing a continuously evolving feelings, with moments of peace, anxiety, hope, and finally achievement.
The first speaker was Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Spain´s former Foreign Affairs Minister and current President of the Red Española para el Desarrollo Sostenible (SDSN Spain),. He gave the keynote address, encouraging youth to actively participate in the process of implementing the SDGs. He urged the members of the audience to take action in their communities to make a meaningful impact.
Marta García Haro, Project Manager of the Red Española Para el Desarrollo Sostenible, then presented the Sustainable Development Goals. She described the implementation of the network’s activities, highlighting the progress made by theREDSin advancing the SDGs in Spain.
The next presentation was by Diego Paredes and Isabel Pérez Dobarro, who spoke for the first time to Spanish young people about the SDSN-Youth’s initiatives. There was a very welcome reception by the audience of these initiatives, as exemplified by our social media reach and the number of young people who contacted us after the event, seeking ways to become involved in the various projects we had discussed.
The event concluded with another performance by Arts Twenty Thirty - Violinist Pablo Martín Acevedo, cellist Antonio Martín Acevedo, and pianist Isabel Pérez Dobarro performed Juan Antonio Simarro´s Sinfonía por un mundo mejor (Symphony for a Better World). The trio played two of its three movements: the first, Obertura por los Derechos Humanos (Overture for Human Rights), and the third, Desarrollo Sostenible (Sustainable Development). In the first movement, the instruments dialogue with each other using the same melodic material. As the piece advances, the three instruments begin to join forces, finally playing together as the piece approaches its conclusion. This represents the idea that if our individual voices come together, we can build a world in which our universal and inherent human rights are respected. The third movement, Desarrollo Sostenible, portrays the impact human beings have on nature, and the threats posed to the environment by human action. The movement ends with the hopeful idea that if we focus our efforts on positive actions towards the preservation of the environment, we can successfully fight climate change and reach sustainable development.
Isabel Pérez Dobarro is the Project Leader of the SDSN Youth´s Project Arts Twenty Thirty, which uses the arts as a tool to raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. Through this initiative, Pérez Dobarro has organized artistic events all around the world and created a network of international artists committed to SDG implementation. Pérez Dobarro has represented SDSN-Youth at the Winter Youth Assembly, the High-Level Signing Ceremony of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations Headquarters, among other events. In addition to her involvement in SDSN-Youth, Pérez Dobarro is the Western European Representative of the Fair Air Coalition organization. Pérez Dobarro is a Ph.D. candidate at New York University, holds a J.D in Law, and is currently taking law courses at New York University. In addition to her law and sustainability studies, Pérez Dobarro is a concert pianist who has played at Carnegie Hall, Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow, and Ateneo de Madrid, and is a prizewinner of competitions in Spain, Portugal, and the United States.