The IV Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin
American and Caribbean States (CELAC) will be held today in Quito, Ecuador.
President Enrique Peña Nieto’s participation in the Fourth Summit confirms
Mexico’s commitment to this important mechanism for dialogue and political
agreement, while enabling him to find points of convergence on priority issues
and promote cooperation to benefit the societies of CELAC member countries.
CELAC was created on 23
February 2010 on the initiative of Mexico, at the Unity Summit in the Riviera
Maya. It began operating on December 3, 2011, during the Caracas Summit within
the framework of the III Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean (SLAC) on
Integration and Development.
It is the result of a merger between the Río Group and the Latin American and Caribbean
Summit on Integration and Development.
It brings together all the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados,
Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador,
El Salvador, Granada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico,
Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and
Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay
Expand regional integration (political, economic, social and cultural), while
respecting democracy and human rights.
Promote political cooperation.
Promote the Latin American and Caribbean agenda.
Position the region on global issues.
Encourage dialogue with other actors.
Promote coordination among subregional processes.
Develop new cooperation schemes.