News from CELAC:
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States
(Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribenos) (CELAC)
June 11, 2016
When it comes to regional and hemispheric institutions, the Caribbean and Latin America have become a crowded space. Over the last few years an extraordinary number of bodies have appeared; expanding their agendas to promote regional integration, sustainable development...
May 7, 2016
The foreign ministers of Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) met at the organization’s headquarters north of Quito on April 23 to discuss plans by the continental bloc to help Ecuador deal with the catastrophic earthquake that hit the country on April 16. The disastrous earthquake...
February 3, 2016
QUITO, Ecuador -- The Community of Latin and American States CELAC Parliamentary group has adopted the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) call for reparations for native genocide and the enslavement of African people in the Caribbean through the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
January 28, 2016
QUITO, Ecuador -- During a plenary debate on Wednesday at the fourth summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Ecuador, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne highlighted to his colleague heads of government the clear and present danger...
January 13, 2016
Ecuador will host the fourth summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on January 27. The country’s foreign minister Xavier Lasso said in Quito on January 6 that 22 out of the 33 CELAC leaders already confirmed their attendance while his country was...
January 8, 2016
QUITO, Ecuador (ACN) – Ecuador’s vice-president Xavier Lasso said in Quito that his country has "nearly everything ready" to host the fourth summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) later this month. In statements to the Ecuadorinmediato.com website...
August 31, 2015
QUITO, Ecuador (ACN) -- National coordinators of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), meeting in Quito, Ecuador, from August 26-28, have issued a communiqué calling for the return of the Guantanamo naval base to Cuba by the US. Reaffirming the proclamation of...
January 30, 2015
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...
January 30, 2015
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.
January 24, 2015
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...
January 17, 2015
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...
January 16, 2015
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...
January 14, 2015
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...
January 12, 2015
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.
January 10, 2015
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...
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.
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.
February 1, 2014
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.
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.
January 29, 2014
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...
January 27, 2014
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.
January 25, 2014
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
September 23, 2013
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.