· It is a great legal platform to promote the economic, political, social and cultural development of 21st century Mexico, he stated.

· The Constitution is a cornerstone of our institutions; indeed, it is the institution of all institutions, he said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said today, during the commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Passage of the 1917 Mexican Constitution, that “Our Supreme Law is not only effective, it's a roadmap for building a safer, fairer, more inclusive and equitable, more competitive and prosperous Mexico.”

He said that the Constitution that now guides the destinies of Mexico, “Remains a valid Constitution and a pillar of the democratic institutions of our country.” It is, he added, “A great legal platform to promote the economic, political, social and cultural development of 21st century Mexico.”

Addressing representatives of the branches of government, state governors, legislators, members of his Cabinet and the heads of autonomous constitutional bodies, the president declared that the Constitution is, "A pillar of our institutions; It is indeed the institution of all institutions.”

He announced that the Centenary of the Passage of the World’s  First Social Constitution will be celebrated in 2017. “We will have a commemoration that will be distinguished by being austere and republican, yet at the same time transcendental and profound,” he declared. “Its goal is to remember, reflect and disseminate the importance of our Constitution, the institution that provides the foundation for all the country’s institutions,” he declared.

However, he added, “We must not only remember and honor our Constitution. We must, above all, ensure that it is respected and obeyed. As citizens, we are obliged to abide by its principles and as authorities, we must enforce the rights and freedoms it recognizes.”

“That is essentially the basis of the rule of law: for citizens will obey the law, and for the authorities to obey and enforce it,” he declared.

At the event, held at the Teatro de la República, President Peña Nieto said that the Constitution is a synthesis of our history and a projection for our future. "Our Constitution keeps alive the best of our past and establishes the route for leading Mexico to a better future,” he said.

He note that, “Just as the 1917 Constitution clearly set the course for 20th century Mexico, today our Constitution enables us to envisage the Mexico of the 21st century.”

“The reforms adopted in recent years are expanding the horizons of development of our country and at the same time giving direction to national efforts. They express the will of a society prepared to advance the construction of a better country and, above all, they reflect the collective commitment to transform Mexico,” he said.

At the ceremony, during which he also issued a postage stamp commemorating the 1857 Mexican Constitution, the president said that, “Our Constitution has been renewed, and it envisions a country that provides access to swift, effective, transparent justice, which protects victims, inspires confidence and delivers results.”

“It has also projects a Mexico where citizens can fully exercise their freedoms and rights, and where the authorities act in keeping with international standards of respect for human rights,” he said.

THE CONSTITUTION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LEGAL EXPRESSION FOR PRESERVING THE DEMOCRATIC RULE OF LAW IN MEXICO: LUIS MARÍA AGUILAR

Luis María Aguilar Morales, President of the Supreme Court of Justice, said that since we are about to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Constitution, “We must commemorate the Basic Law of the Nation, not only because of the number of years it has existed, but because of its incalculable importance as the most important legal expression we have to preserve the democratic rule of law in Mexico.”

He said that the text of the Constitution has evolved to incorporate new institutional designs, designed, among many other things, to achieve greater democratization, transparency, accountability and fight corruption.

He said this development means that, despite the number of years the Constitution has existed, far from making it obsolete, “It makes it a current, up-to-date document expressing our hopes as a nation.”

He stressed that the institutions have undergone and must undergo a process of continuous improvement to meet the demands of society, and added that the Constitution has also been enriched by the internationally endorsed agreements our country has signed, meaning that Mexico remains an up-to-date participant in the concert of nations.

He explained that just as the Constitution is the protective mantle of the objectives of the national project, it also contains key decisions and principles. Therefore, he added, “There cannot be, for any reason or under any circumstances, a step back in the protection of human rights.”

He said the nearly one hundred-year-old Constitution, "Continues to shine as the beacon that should govern social life and which must guide all acts of government,” and stressed that, "Nothing can be above it. Nothing can be above the rights it recognizes. Nothing can come between people and their freedoms.”

THE POLITICAL CHALLENGE OF THIS GENERATION IIS TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF THE CENTURY MORE EFFECTIVELY: ROBERTO GIL ZUARTH

Senator Roberto Gil Zuarth, Chairman of the Board of the Senate, said that, “As a generation, we have the duty of arriving at a constitutional consensus to face the world of the 21st century, the greatest and most urgent challenge being inequality in all its forms; from inequality that discriminates, to the inequality that prevents the full development of individual life projects.

Stressing that the goal of the 1917 Constitution was to establish justice, seek equality, eliminate opprobrium and revive the national consciousness, he said that, “Our goals must translate into new constitutional consensuses that will reflect the legacy of aspirations and the expectations that have yet to be fulfilled.”

He declared that the political challenge of this generation is to renew the social fact to deal with the challenges of the 21st century more effectively:  “The uncertainty that causes irritation; the irritation that leads to despair. “ There is no better palliative for uncertainty than the stability of institutions. For despair, there is no better instrument than the inspiring force of good policy, he declared.

REFORMS HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED THAT HAVE INVOLVED PEACEFUL, PROGRESSIVE REVOLUTIONS THAT PROVIDE GUARANTEES AND ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE CONSTITUENT REVOLUTIONARIES OF 1917: JESUS ZAMBRANO

Deputy Jesus Zambrano Grijalva, Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Deputies, said that "99 years after the passage of the Constitution that now essentially governs us, and on the eve of its centenary, we are forced to recognize that it has been modified hundreds of times to incorporate profound and essential changes reflecting the demand for new rights in society.

In other words, he added, “Reforms have been achieved that have signified what I would call genuinely peaceful, progressive revolutions that provide guarantees and are congruent with the aspirations of the revolutionary constituents of 1917.”

He said the best way to honor the Constituents, “Is to endow them with a state vision to design the 21st Century Constitution. A new social and political pact.” On the one hand, he said, “It should harmonize real life, and achieve the balance of power we now have as a result of greater political competition and a pluralism that is here to stay, as a result of the Constitution, to mention just one of the major issues we should review to reformulate it.”

And on the other hand, he added, “We must do everything the country requires of us to achieve the principles set out in our Constitution, to have a truly democratic, social state, based on the rule of law, one that is safer and more livable for everyone and avoids populism and authoritarianism as a solution to problems. In other words, the Constitution should be achieved on the basis of what it says: democracy as a way of life for everyone,” he declared.

LET US RENEW THE PACT  OF AGREEMENT THAT HAS IDENTIFIED US AS MEXICANS: FRANCISCO DOMÍNGUEZ

Governor of Querétaro Francisco Dominguez Servién urged society to devise a new form of Mexican Constitutionalism, one for the 21st Century, which will promote the country’s social, political and economic integration to guarantee the identity of globality and be an instrument for founding a society of respect.

He recalled that, “We have taken courageous decisions in recent years,” and noting that, "We are a year away from celebrating the first century of the re-founding of Mexico,” urged society to “Think about the next 100,” because, he said, “There is no better place to call for a national effort than here in Querétaro.”

He considered that Mexico has made a great deal of progress in a century and now has a pluralistic, democratic government, subject to social scrutiny and the rule of law.

The governor of Querétaro recommended: “Let us renew the pact of agreement that identifies us as Mexicans."

He said that the  Mexican State should be up to the challenges, and called for the restoration of citizens’ respect for authority. “Let us sign a new social pact that unites, moves and touches us. Let us give our children hope,” he said.