President Enrique Peña
Nieto led the Closing Ceremony of the 50th Ordinary Meeting of the
National Governors’ Conference (CONAGO), in the city of Toluca, in the State of
“It is time to reiterate
the invariable willingness and openness that exists in the government to
establish a common front with the various local governments to cope with the
various challenges and problems that exist in the various states and regions of
The government, without noticing or making distinctions based on the party
to which government belongs, has always been determined to join, to close ranks
and to demonstrate its willingness to work together, I repeat, and by
establishing a common front to address the various challenges and problems of
OBJECTIVES OF CONAGO
CONAGO was formally
established on July 13, 2002 in Cancún, Quintana Roo. It consists of 25
committees (4 axes: Public
Finances; Federalism and Government). Its work has not only helped boost the institutional capacities of the
states. It has also been an effective tool for promoting a
coordinated form of federalism.
Its objectives include
strengthening coordination, cooperation and coordinated federalism, to hasten
the transformation of the country and improve the quality of life of Mexicans,
and striking a balance between state governments and the federal government.
The governors participate voluntarily and decisions
are made by consensus.
1. Single State Police Force
There are more than 800,000
municipal security corps today. There are over 1,800 ways of recruiting, training, equipping, operating
and monitoring. The goal is to professionalize police throughout the country
and establish a model for complying with the assessment and ongoing training
The permanent rotation of
police elements will help to prevent them from being threatened by criminal
groups. The goal is to evolve from over 1,800 corporations to 32 single state
2. New Criminal Justice System
The aim is to address
impunity, defend the innocent and protect victims. A total of 12.174 billion
pesos have been assigned to support the
states. 73.9% of the population (89,384 thousand persons)
have a new Adversarial Criminal Procedural System while 71% of the population (85,994,000
persons) are covered by the new federal justice system.
To date, 74% of the population already has access
to this system: 22 states are already effectively operating them.
The new criminal justice
system is scheduled to be implemented throughout the country by June 18 2016.
The goal is not only to
punish those who have committed a crime by law, but to achieve effective social
reintegration of individuals. Correctional facilities must be permanently
monitored and supervised, to detect risks and where necessary, take the necessary
Consolidate the National
Prison Information Register: reorganize and standardize the operation of prisons, on the basis of
approved protocols, in accordance with best international practices. Create a Professional Penitentiary Development
System to strengthen the certification
of federal and state prisons. Intensify prevention and social reintegration
actions; and consolidate the Penitentiary System Evaluation Committee.
"Today, February 29, 2016, I formally declare the 50th Ordinary Meeting of the National Governors’
Conference closed, and hope that the agreements reached here will translate
into concrete benefits for the people and society of the states you represent.”