The HLPF is an annual meeting promoted by the UN to evaluate the progress made year by year by different countries in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals, among which there is certainly, among the most important, the conservation of the environment.
At this time the young Santiago has the opportunity to participate in a round table with young Salesians, representing Europe, Africa and the Pacific Islands, whose central theme is "Youth Aspirations & Climate Urgency."
From 2018 the Don Bosco Technical Institute (ITDB) of the City of Panama is part of the "Don Bosco Green Alliance", the international Salesian organization that has the task of supporting and fostering the projects developed by young people for the conservation of the environment in the cities where they live. The Salesian school has been chosen by the United Nations to represent the young people of the Latin American region at the HLPF by virtue of the work done through the "ECOClub ITDB", which promotes the recycling of waste; moreover, the institute is supported by the entire citizenship, since it is the only school in the country that functions as a center for the collection and optimization of recycling.
The ECOClub ITDB started working in 2017 with a group of students who, worried about the country's environmental condition, organized waste collection activities, tree planting and the promotion of separate waste collection and recycling. Over time they received support from their parents and from the "Fundación ECO Creando", which allowed them to be recognized by the Ministry of the Environment and to be part of the 5 separate waste collection centers in Panama City.