·  We share public policy experiences with our neighbors, and we are also developing major energy interconnection projects that will contribute to accelerating economic and social development, he said.

· At the Fourth Summit of CELAC, we have renewed our commitment to fighting poverty and inequality, which cause our region so much damage, he said.

· Looking towards the future, we must consolidate it as a unique forum for identifying coincidences, building consensus and projecting our region for the benefit of its more than 620 million inhabitants, he said.

· The president participated in the plenary session of the Fourth Summit of CELAC.

During his participating in the plenary session of the Fourth Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), in which leaders of the region spoke about the fight against inequality and poverty eradication in the continent, President Enrique Peña Nieto said that Mexico is, “Sharing  public policy experiences with our neighbors, and we are also developing major energy interconnection projects that will contribute to accelerating economic and social development.”

“I'm sure that as a result of CELAC’s 2016 Action Plan, the 33 nations in the region will continue sharing knowledge, technologies and best practices in government to advance together towards more equitable, inclusive and sustainable development,” he said.

The Mexican president said that during the Fourth CELAC Summit, countries in the region, “Have renewed their commitment to combat poverty and inequality, which cause our region so much damage.”

As regards this shared challenge, he said, we are not starting from zero. “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,” he said.

He said that  as a result, according to ECLAC, “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.”

President Peña Nieto said that CELAC countries also achieved outstanding progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals. “They are good results, encouraging but insufficient. Our societies still face serious social inequities,” he said.

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 receive only 4 percent.” There is no doubt, he continued, that “We must redouble our efforts in the fight against hunger, poverty and inequality in the region, with clear objectives and specific goals for everyone.”

The Mexican president said that, “In this great goal, we have already charted our course: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the roadmap for overcoming the complex social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.”

He noted that, “Although the scope of this agreement is universal, its effective implementation requires a clear national commitment and a renewed regional alliance.” In our case, he added, “We are working to achieve an inclusive Mexico, on the basis of a better quality of life and more opportunities for advancement for our society. To this end, we have expanded  coverage of the programs with the greatest social benefit and launched new strategies, such as the National Crusade against Hunger, which now benefits more than 5.8 million Mexicans, with various programs and actions to improve their diets.”

He added that, “We have also improved our cash transfer program, Prospera, incorporating new components that facilitate financial, productive, occupational and educational  inclusion of its more than 6 million beneficiaries.”

President Peña Nieto congratulated, “The people and government of Colombia on the significant progress they have made in their peace process.” President Juan Manuel Santos, we value your democratic vocation and your commitment to dialogue. We trust your country will achieve a lasting peace. Mexico hopes that this will be so. You can count on our support.”

He added: As president of Mexico, I reiterate my country’s commitment to strengthening CELAC, a symbol of the unity, solidarity and fraternity between our peoples. · Looking towards the future, we must consolidate it as a unique forum for identifying coincidences, building consensus and projecting our region for the benefit of its more than 620 million inhabitants.”

He 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. In the face of our differences, dialogue. In the face of our challenges, compromise.”