Quito, Ecuador. President
Enrique Peña Nieto attended the Fourth Summit of the Community of Latin
American and Caribbean States. The theme of the Summit was the fight against inequality and poverty
Mexico renewed its commitment to combat poverty and
inequality and to strengthen CELAC.
“In recent years, the
countries of Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved dynamic economic
growth, which made it possible to accelerate social development.
Between 2010 and 2014, the
regional Gross Domestic Product
increased by an average of 3.7 percent; above the European Union, with 1
percent; Japan with 1.5 percent; and the United States, with 2.1 percent.
According to ECLAC, in the
past 11 years, the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day in the
region decreased by 63.5% from 12.6% to 4.6%.
In the past 11 years, the
proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day in the region has
decreased by 63.5 per cent from 12.6
percent to 4.6 percent.
ECLAC countries also
achieved outstanding progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
He noted that nowadays, for
example, “20 percent of the population with the highest income concentrates 54
percent of their countries’ income; while 20 percent of the population with the
lowest income receives just 4 percent.”
The 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development is the roadmap for overcoming complex social, economic
and environmental challenges.
implementation requires a clear national commitment and a renewed regional
alliance. Mexico is working to achieve an inclusive Mexico on
the basis of a higher quality of life and more opportunities for society’s
-Coverage of programs with the greatest social benefit
has been expanded.
-New strategies have been implemented such as
National Crusade against Hunger, which now reaches more than 5.8 million
Mexicans, with various programs and actions to improve their diet.
-The cash transfer program, Prospera, was improved by
incorporating new components that facilitate the financial, productive,
occupational and educational inclusion of its more than 6 million
Mexico urged regional
leaders not to forget that, “One of the main strengths of Latin America and the
Caribbean is precisely the plurality and diversity of their societies.