[Club Image: Niños de Yaxcabá, Yucatán, México, By Martín de Jesús Zetina Gijòn]
The Mexican IDS Alumni is a network of professionals working on a variety of fields and places in Mexico (and elsewhere) but with the common aim of improving the development perspectives, conditions and opportunities of the people where each of us live and work—may that be in any of the regions of Mexico or in other countries.
The alumni network tries to arrange a get-together at least once a year to catch up and discuss what we can do to support IDS throughout the following year and ourselves as professionals working on common concerns—it is also a time to reconnect and recall our time in IDS.
This year the highlight was holding an IDS50 event in Mexico City to celebrate IDS’s 50th anniversary. The event addressed the challenges Mexico and other LA countries face in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, recently approved by the UN in 2015, as the MDGs finished their time. The IDS alumni office provided support for us to organise and hold the two day event, a seminar which took part at the Mexican Senate and the UNAM. Here you can see the photo gallery of the seminar, and some of the presentations are available here.