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UN secretary general to attend CELAC summit in Cuba
Published on January 27, 2014Email To Friend    Print Version


CELAC national coordinators meeting in Havana

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.

United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon
According to the spokesperson, Farhan Haq, Ban will also hold bilateral meetings with different governmental authorities of the island, as well as with regional leaders present at the forum, which will have its high level sessions on January 28 and 29.

Haq announced that Ban will travel from Havana to Berlin in Germany for another intense agenda there.

Meanwhile, the first day of the meeting of CELAC national coordinators at Havana’s Pabexpo showground was described as successful.

During the afternoon session, deputy foreign ministers and other officials of the nations that are members of the regional organization worked on the Plan of Action 2014, which includes topics of vital interest for Latin America and the Caribbean, and sources at the Cuban ministry of foreign affairs said that the meeting was going very well.

Food security, education, science, productive development, customs preferences, development agenda, humanitarian assistance, migrations, prevention and struggle against corruption, regional mechanisms of integration, dialogue with extra-regional partners, among other topics, have been the centre of debates.

Opening the meeting of national coordinators, Abelardo Moreno, Cuban deputy foreign minister, said they were sure the CELAC summit would be a huge success .

After welcoming the deputy ministers of foreign affairs and other officials of the foreign ministries of the nations of the integration mechanism, Moreno emphasized the need for the meetings held on Saturday and Sunday morning, to prove capable of readying efficiently documents that will be the basis of the second summit of the Community.

National coordinators should agree on the Final Declaration, the Action Plan for the current year and thirty special releases ranging from support for Argentina and the cause of the Malvinas, the blockade against Cuba to the defense of natural resources and rights of indigenous peoples, among others.

Cuba, as pro-tempore chair of CELAC, distributed in advance the documents to work with on Saturday and Sunday, which made it possible for delegations to speed up negotiation, according to a source at the island’s foreign ministry.

The preparatory meetings for the second CELAC summit will continue on Monday, when the foreign ministers will review the agreements reached by the experts and pass on the texts to the heads of state or government for their consideration, who will discuss and approve them during the summit on January 28 and 29.

Officially created in Caracas, Venezuela, in December 2011, CELAC has had, according to experts, a sustained boost in its international prestige as being representative of the 33 nations in the Latin American and Caribbean region.
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