About João

[EN] Joao is a 26-year-old Brazilian-Italian activist and social entrepreneur that has been working in different youth-led initiatives around the world for the last 13 years.

Joao started volunteering at the age of 7, after joining the Scouts Movement in Brazil and he never stopped. At the age of 13, tired of being told he was too young to make a difference, he started a youth-led organization in his hometown Santos to advocate for the recognition of youth as agents of change, and create platforms and tools to enable a more meaningful engagement of young people in development and decision-making processes.

At the age of 17, he led a yearlong campaign to establish the Municipal Youth Council in Santos, a platform that allows young people to advise on the city authorities on their city policies and programs. Once the Youth Council was created, Joao was elected member for two mandates.

After that, Joao was part of the UN “Making Commitments Matter” process in Brazil. The initiative mapped, bench-marked and evaluated national youth policies in Brazil and identified the policy gaps, presenting a set of evidence-based policy recommendations to the National Government in 2004. Those recommendations included the need for creating more comprehensive National Youth Policies and an Inter-ministerial Secretariat dedicated to Youth, both were achieved on the following year (2005).

Joao started to work internationally already in 2003, when he started to travel abroad to present the work of his organization, as well as to train young people from developing countries in project management and advocacy.

Ever since, has has been working on different causes, campaigns, youth-led projects and youth movements in over 40 different countries, including: Argentina, China, Canada, East Timor, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Peru, Serbia and Zambia.

For 5 years Joao acted as the Institutional Development Manager at Peace Child International headquarters in the UK, a youth-run international organization that champions the concept of youth-led development in over 150 countries. During his time in the management of the organization, Joao had the opportunity to work with an international group of youth volunteers to coordinate the Be the Change! Grants that supported over 300 youth-led projects in the global south, as well as he coordinate the World Youth Congress series (in special the editions hosted in Canada 2008, and Turkey 2010), .

Joao has been in the forefront process of recognizing youth participation within the UN System. Since 2004 at the COP10 in Argentina, he has been advocating with UNFCCC for the recognition of young people as a major group at the UN Climate Negotiations, status that was finally achieved officially in Copenhagen during COP15. He was also part of the team who advocated for the UN-HABITAT Governing Council resolution that gave birth to the Youth 21 initiative, which he have worked very closely from the planning stages to the organizing of the Youth 21 stakeholders dialogue held in March 2012, which produced the Nairobi Declaration recently presented to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

From 2008 until 2012, Joao was part of two Advisory Committees for the UN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlements Programme). As the Latin American and the Caribbean representative at the UN-HABITAT Youth Advisory Board, he advised the agency on its youth mainstreaming and empowerment strategies. He was also part of the Advisory Committee which oversees the management of the UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund, a fund financing and championing youth-led development worldwide.

He has also been actively advocating in the fields of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Since 2008 he is an active member of YouAct – European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights and he represents the organization at the UNFPA Youth Rights Strategy Partnership, working together with other youth-led SRHR organizations to advise UNFPA and develop advocacy campaigns to advance the SRHR field worldwide.

Apart from his youth activism, Joao has professionally worked on the youth-led field for the last eight years. For the last five years, he has been working very closely with the UN system in specific youth empowerment projects. So far he has already consulted for different agencies, including: UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, UNICEF, UNEP, UNFCCC and UNDESA. (You can learn more about the specific projects on his CV)

Joao is a reference on the youth field in Brazil and internationally, and have already contributed many pieces on youth issues and particularly youth-led social entrepreneurship to a series of media outlets including MTV, Globo, BBC among others. For six years, Joao was a columnist for CAPRICHO magazine – one of the leading youth magazines in Brazil with a readership of 800.000 young people in Brazil, covering issues related to youth livelihoods and youth-led action. Currently he is a correspondent on youth issues for different media outlets and publications including the World Bank’s Youthink initiative.

Joao is a passionate advocate for the recognition of young people as not only key stakeholders, but as potential agents of change. And he works all the hours of his day to ensure we create intergenerational partners that will enable young people to become equal partners in different development processes at local, national and international levels.

Currently Joao is finishing his degree in Community Regeneration at Middlesex University in London. He is the Executive Director of Change Mob, a youth-led social enterprise working to empower young people in the global south and is an active member of the UN CSD Major Group for Children and Youth, which is organizing and supporting youth and children engagement at Rio+20 (UN Earth Summit).

[PT] João é um jovem ativista e empreendedor social atualmente com 26 anos. Pelos ultimos 13 anos vêm defendendo um engajamento mais significativo dos jovens na tomada de decisões e seu reconhecimento como parceiros nos esforços de desenvolvimento em todo o mundo.

João começou sua militância quando tinha 13 anos e, desde então, nunca mais parou. Ele vêm se engajando em diversas causas, campanhas e movimentos.

Aos 17 anos, liderou uma campanha para estabelecer o Conselho Municipal da Juventude em Santos, uma plataforma que permite aos jovens para se pronunciarem sobre as políticas e estratégias de juventude da cidade. Mais tarde ele foi eleito como conselheiro de juventude da cidade por dois mandatos.

Também fez parte do processo brasileiro do “Tirando Acordos do Papel” (“Making Commitments Matter” iniciado pela ONU). A iniciativa, que aconteceu no Brasil em 2004, mapeou, comparou e avaliou políticas nacionais de juventude apresentando ao governo federal uma série de recomendações políticas baseadas nas evidências encontradas. Estas incluíam a necessidade da criação de políticas nacionais de juventude mais significativas e também a criação de um Secretariado Inter-ministerial dedicado ao tema, ambos conquistados no ano seguinte.

Desde então, João vem desenvolvimento de uma vasta gama de projetos comunitários, trabalhando para empoderar e capacitar jovens e suas comunidades em mais de 40 países. Por 5 anos, João atuou como Gerente de Desenvolvimento Institucional na sede da Peace Child International no Reino Unido, uma organização internacional de juventude que defende o conceito de desenvolvimento liderado por jovens em mais de 150 países.

João também está na vanguarda dos processos de reconhecimento da participação de jovens no âmbito das Nações Unidas. Desde 2004 durante a COP10 na Argentina, vêm defendendo junto ao UNFCCC (Agência de Mudanças Climaticas da ONU) o reconhecimento dos jovens como um dos “major groups” nas negociações climáticas, esse status foi finalmente oficialmente alcançado em Copenhague durante a COP15.
Atualmente João tem cadeira em dois comitês consultivos para a ONU-HABITAT (Programa das Nações Unidas para os Assentamentos Humanos). Como o representante da América Latina e Caribe no Conselho de Juventude da ONU-HABITAT, João aconselha a agência em suas estratégias de empoderamento de jovens e  integração das temáticas de juventude em seus programas e políticas. Também faz parte do Comitê Consultivo, que supervisiona a gestão do Fundo da Juventude Urbana da ONU-HABITAT, um fundo internacional para o financiamento de projetos comunitário desenvolvidos por jovens em areas urbanas de todo o mundo.
Há mais de um ano João é consultor do UNICEF (Fundo das Nações Unidas para Infância) e trabalha em diferentes projetos relacionados ao programa de Embaixadores do Clima. Desde abril de 2010 João é consultor do UNICEF Zâmbia onde lidera o programa “Unite4Climate Zâmbia”. O programa trabalha com os jovens em todas as nove províncias do país para combater as mudanças climáticas e está ajudando a capacitar e inspirar milhares de crianças no país.
Também é um ativista nas questões de gênero e direitos sexuais e reprodutivos. Por isso, desde 2008 é membro do YouAct – Rede Européia de Jovens para os Direitos Sexuais e Reprodutivos.
Durante seis anos, João foi colunista da revista CAPRICHO abrangendo questões relacionadas com empreendedorismo e participação juvenil. Atualmente é correspondente em questões da juventude de diferentes meios de comunicação e publicações, incluindo a iniciativa do Banco Mundial chamada Youthink.

Atualmente João está terminando sua graduação em Regeneração Comunitária na Middlesex University em Londres e está engajado em um movimento nacional
 chamado #euvotodistrital que está buscando promover a reforma política no Brasil. Ele também faz parte de uma equipe que vêm desenvolvendo estratégias para a mobilização de jovens nos processos da Rio +20, Cúpula da Terra da ONU.