Celac leaders prepare for meeting after five years

The Sixth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), to be held in Mexico City this Saturday, September 18, will be the meeting place for regional leaders after five years of the meeting held in the Dominican Republic in 2017.

With 16 presidents, two vice presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers, this conclave will hold as its central theme the strengthening of the regional mechanism to replace the Organization of American States (OAS).

On Thursday, September 16, the president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, arrived in Mexico to participate in the ceremony marking the 2011 anniversary of the country’s independence and as a prelude to the summit.

Likewise, Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pu and Chile’s Vice Minister of International Economic Relations, Rodrigo Yañez, were received by Mexican authorities.

In the opinion of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the organization that replaces him should not be anyone’s lackey. For this reason, the regional leaders will submit the president’s proposal for debate.

Celac will also address the blockade of Cuba, the situation of the Falkland Islands, COP26 and indigenous languages and peoples, among other topics.

The Mexico City Declaration will include, among other agendas, the creation of the Regional Space Agency, the Vaccine Production Plan of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Regional Plan for Food Security with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

The meeting will focus on the joint confrontation of the Covid-19 pandemic through the production and development of medicines and vaccines, the confrontation of climate change and the creation of a disaster fund for this purpose.

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