Cuba Highlights Urgent Need to Strengthen CELAC

CELAC Summit in Buenos Aires with Presence of 33 Member Countries

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) has convened its VII Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel expressed optimism on his Twitter account that “strengthening this diverse and inclusive mechanism is an urgent need and a shared duty to achieve the unity of #OurAmerica.”

The Summit began with the presence of representatives of the 33 member countries, including Brazil, which rejoined the Celac mechanism after leaving in 2020.

The opening was given by the Argentine President, Alberto Fernández, who serves as the country’s pro-tempore president of the Regional Forum. The dialogue between heads of state and government will take place behind closed doors and will be interrupted only for lunch and bilateral meetings.

At the end of the day, the Summit declaration will be published. The statement is expected to address issues such as climate change, gender, infrastructure, indigenous languages, energy integration, food security, and more.

The change of the pro tempore presidency from Argentina to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will also be discussed and will require a consensus from the forum.

The Celac summit seeks to unify Latin America and the Caribbean and echo Díaz-Canel’s call to work together towards a common goal.

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