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Trinidad PM urges strong regional action on poverty and development

January 30, 2015
Trinidad PM urges strong regional action on poverty and development SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica -- Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has urged Latin American and Caribbean leaders to continue to work together to build on the significant progress made in reducing poverty in the region. Speaking at the third Community of...

CELAC summit takes up UN agency anti-hunger plan

January 30, 2015
CELAC summit takes up UN agency anti-hunger plan SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica -- A new plan to combat hunger in the Caribbean and Latin America presented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was being considered for adoption at a summit of the region’s leaders taking place this week in the Costa Rican capital.

Commentary: The View from Europe: China seeks a greater role in the Americas - Part 2

January 24, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: China seeks a greater role in the Americas - Part 2 A few days ago, Dong Xiaojun, the Chinese ambassador in Jamaica, wrote a commentary on the recent meetings held in Beijing between China and the foreign ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC); the political grouping that includes all of the nations in...

New platform created at CELAC-China Forum

January 17, 2015
New platform created at CELAC-China Forum BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- “A new platform between China and CELAC countries, a platform of cooperation; a platform of collective dialogue on the basis of equality, mutual benefit, win-win results and a common development,” is how China’s ambassador to Barbados, Wang Ke, summed up...

Barbados sees value in CELAC-China forum

January 16, 2015
Barbados sees value in CELAC-China forum BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados is encouraged by the potential role of the CELAC-China Forum in promoting increased South-South cooperation between China and the Latin American and Caribbean region. Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Maxine McClean...

Commentary: China and CELAC: Is China redefining its engagement?

January 14, 2015
Commentary: China and CELAC: Is China redefining its engagement? While many look at the China-CELAC forum as an event that will strengthen cooperation and deepen ties between China and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, the results of this meeting may be starkly different than what is being envisioned. While committing to doubling trade...

Significant benefits to flow from CELAC meeting in China, says Jamaican minister

January 12, 2015
Significant benefits to flow from CELAC meeting in China, says Jamaican minister KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s minister of science, technology, energy and mining, Phillip Paulwell, is projecting that “significant benefits” will flow to Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, arising out of the meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held in Beijing.

China injects billions into CELAC nations, pledges closer ties

January 10, 2015
China injects billions into CELAC nations, pledges closer ties NASSAU, Bahamas -- In the first half of 2014, China spent more than US$9 billion in Latin America and the Caribbean, and trade between China and the region topped US$240 billion between January and November 2014. China’s billions in investment in the region, together with the pursuit of common...

Costa Rica hosts CELAC coordination meeting

July 31, 2014
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (ACN) -- Representatives of the member countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) gathered on Tuesday in Costa Rica for the second meeting of the working group on international cooperation of the organization.

CELAC condemns illegal use of IT against Cuba

May 1, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on Tuesday condemned the illegal use of information and communication technologies against its member states in the case of the recent anti-Cuba social media platform known as Zunzuneo.

CELAC summit shows spirit of solidarity, says ALBA head

February 1, 2014
CELAC summit shows spirit of solidarity, says ALBA head HAVANA, Cuba -- Regional blocs in the Caribbean and Latin America have shown a spirit of solidarity and cooperation that represents a "new expression of integration," the head of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) said on Tuesday.

Commentary: Cuba, US and CELAC

January 30, 2014
On Tuesday, January 28, and Wednesday, January 29, 33 members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) met in Havana, Cuba, to discuss a multitude of pertinent issues in the region, the most prominent being inequality, poverty and national security.

In Cuba, UN secretary general spotlights sustainable development, human rights, security

January 29, 2014
In Cuba, UN secretary general spotlights sustainable development, human rights, security HAVANA, Cuba -- Peace and security, sustainable development and human rights are on the agenda at the second summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which opened in Cuba on Tuesday and where United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was due to...

UN secretary general to attend CELAC summit in Cuba

January 27, 2014
UN secretary general to attend CELAC summit in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, was due to travel on Sunday to Havana to participate in the second summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), scheduled for this week, a spokesperson at the UN headquarters in Geneva said on Friday.

CELAC summit in Havana to pursue process of integration

January 25, 2014
CELAC summit in Havana to pursue process of integration HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Hubert Mendez, Costa Rica’s ambassador to Cuba, declared on Thursday that the second summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), will endorse the region’s decision to make progress in its process of integration. In an exclusive interview with ACN...

Puerto Rico must join CELAC, says Venezuela president

January 24, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela (ACN) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that he will propose the membership of Puerto Rico at the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), whose second summit will be held January 28 and 29 in Havana.

Russian foreign minister emphasises universal role of CELAC

January 22, 2014
MOSCOW, Russia (ACN) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov highlighted in Moscow on Tuesday the importance of relations with Latin America and marked the weight of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as factor joining the region together.

CELAC heads to begin arriving in Havana next week

January 21, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The heads of state and government who will take part at the second summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Cuba will begin arriving in Havana on January 27. According to the event’s agenda, the inaugural session will take place...

Sustainable development is key to facing regional challenges, says Cuban minister

October 28, 2013
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban mining and energy minister Alfredo Lopez, at a regional ministerial meeting in Jamaica, called for joint efforts to achieve sustainable development as the key to successfully overcome the challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Costa Rica prepares to assume CELAC presidency

September 23, 2013
Costa Rica prepares to assume CELAC presidency SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (ACN) -- The government of Costa Rica has started preparations to assume the pro-tempore presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as of January 2014. Costa Rican foreign minister Enrique Castillo said that a meeting took place on Thursday.

CELAC demands total elimination of nuclear weapons

August 23, 2013
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (ACN) -- The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) has adopted a declaration in Buenos Aires, which favours nuclear disarmament. The text is considered crucial for its content according to a report by Radio Havana Cuba.

Vulnerable populations a priority for CELAC

July 25, 2013
CARACAS, Venezuela (ACN) -- Cuban Labour and Social Security minister Margarita Gonzalez said in Caracas that attention to the most vulnerable population sectors is a priority for the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which is holding a meeting in Venezuela.

OAS weighs in on incident in Europe involving aircraft carrying president of Bolivia

July 11, 2013
OAS weighs in on incident in Europe involving aircraft carrying president of Bolivia WASHINGTON, USA -- Hard on the heels of serious concern expressed by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the permanent council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday adopted a resolution concerning the incident on July 2 involving the president of...

CELAC issues statement in support of Bolivian president

July 8, 2013
CELAC issues statement in support of Bolivian president HAVANA, Cuba -- The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) has expressed serious concern over the events that occurred on July 2, when some European governments refused or withdrew suddenly and without explanation whatsoever, the over-flight and landing permits for...

Experts from eight countries address regional integration in Cuba

June 11, 2013
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Experts from eight countries are due to address prospects of Latin American and Caribbean integration, during an international seminar that is being held in Havana, Cuba. The forum, organized by the Havana University’s Center for Research on...

Cuba hosts CELAC coordination meeting

May 10, 2013
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba is hosting the fifth meeting of national coordinators of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on Thursday and Friday of this week. The gathering aims at getting approval of the 2013...

CELAC weighs in on Venezuela elections

April 22, 2013
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) has issued a communiqué on the recent presidential elections in Venezuela. First, CELAC congratulated President Nicolas Maduro on the results...

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