V CELAC ends with Punta Cana Declaration

The 24-25 January 2017 V Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) ended in Punta Cana with the approval of 20 special declarations and the Political Declaration of Punta Cana.

A press release from the Presidency of the Dominican Republic highlights that in the Political Declaration of Punta Cana lists a range of important agreements, including calls in the areas of peace, regional security, fighting organized crime, food security, sustainable urban development, gender equality, the importance of education and promoting of IT technologies, disaster management, migration, transparency, and climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. The regional heads of government and state agreed to advance economic integration in the region, promoting public-private alliances and small business efforts to increase regional and extra-regional trade.

During the event, El Salvador President Salvador Sánchez Cerén received the temporary presidency of CELAC for 2017. In his first speech as the CELAC president, he committed to promote an agenda to address strongly from the CELAC agenda new measures being announced by US President Donald Trump that could affect the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Read more in Spanish:
Listin Diario

26 January 2017