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 eradication.

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.”

2030 Agenda

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the roadmap for overcoming complex social, economic and environmental challenges.

Its effective 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 advancement.

-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 beneficiaries.

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.