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 Mexico.

“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 our country.

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 our country.”


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.

Progress and goals

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 processes.

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 police forces.

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 measures.

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.”