Daniel Duque-Velásquez

Country representing

Colombia

Languages

Spanish
English

Education

  • EAFIT
  • Lawyer
  • Public policy

Current organisation

Paz A La Calle, Antioquia

Current role

activist

Skills and Expertise

Activism
Human rights
Law
Politics
Public policy

Areas of interest

Environment
Human Rights
Leadership
Peace and Conflict
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

I'm passionate about politics, that's why I've been participating in campaigns since 2010 and I've been a social activist for several causes. I believe that the most important decisions in a society are taken within the political realm and young people must participate to change traditional political practices that are rampant in Latin America. I'm also passionate about peace-building, environmental issues, promoting equal rights and fighting corruption. I am convinced that in order to transform society it is necessary to invest in education associated with science, technology, innovation, art and culture.

Actions

Last year was pretty important for Colombia, we had a peace negotiation with FARC rebels. I'm sure we are part of a new generation who has the responsibility of building a new country. I was part of a social movement that supported the process and demanded a political solution for our armed conflict. I led a large youth movement to lobby for the Colombian peace agreement, organizing marches and symbolic collective action. For this I was elected as one of the Colombian youth leaders to travel to Cuba where the negotiations were taking place and speak on behalf of the process in Congress. I also was part of team that led a nation-wide anti-corruption petition that achieved 4.3 million signatures, the largest citizen-driven petition in Colombian history. I've been participating in different political campaigns since 2010 in order to change the traditional politicians. I have also been an activist in Medellin in defense of various causes of public interest. For example, defending urban public spaces for building citizenship culture, mobilising public opinion around the problem associated with pollution and quality of air in the city, and recently against the very sad rise in youth assassinations in marginal areas of the city. I was also a university youth leader and elected student representative in the University's Directive Council. As representative I organised and led various campaigns to promote the peace process, and a culture of pluralism and integrity with the University.