Buenos Aires, 8 January 2022 (TDI): In the Capital of Argentina, in the XXII Summit of Foreign Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Mexico hands over the pro tempore presidency to Argentina. The Mexican Foreign Minister of Marcelo Ebrard and his Argentinian counterpart Santiago Cafiero led the summit.

Mexico presided over the organization from 2020 to 2021, and Argentina will take over in 2022. In the summit, 32 states out of 33 participated, and all supported Argentina’s candidature. All of them met at the Kirchner Cultural Center.

Handing-taking Over Session

Foreign Minister Ebrard in his address shared a report on the achievements of the Mexican presidency. Ebrard highlighted the revitalization of CELAC as the most important mechanism for dialogue and political coordination in the region.

In addition, the Mexican Foreign Minister talked about the regional health strategy against COVID-19, and the establishment of the Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency (ALCE).

The Argentinian Foreign Minister also addressed the ceremony. On behalf of Argentina, Cafiero presented the proposed CELAC work plan for 2022, which focuses on 15 points. The 15 points are the areas where the presidency of Argentina wants to work on more.

Their work will be centered on: the Post Covid-19 recovery, the Latin America and Caribbean Health strategy, space cooperation, science, technology, and innovation for social inclusion, comprehensive disaster risk management, education, Agenda against corruption, and institutional strengthening.

Moreover, food security, dialogue with extra-regional partners; also, the integration of Latin American and Caribbean infrastructure are other points out of the 15 points.

At the end of the meeting, the Foreign Ministers of Argentina and Mexico signed with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) the agreements relating to the initial contributions for the creation of the CELAC Fund for Climate Adaptation and Comprehensive Disaster Response, with 3.7 million dollars to help reach that goal.