The Heads of State and Government will discuss the future of CELAC and priority issues on the global agenda, especially social development, reducing inequality and strengthening institutions. They will adopt a Political Declaration and the 2016 Action Plan, which will guide CELAC’s work during 2016.

This year, leaders and representatives from the region’s 33 countries are attending the summit. CELAC was founded in 2010 in Mexico as a forum for political coordination and consensus on regional and global issues.

President Peña Nieto attended the inaugural ceremony, the plenary session and general debate and the leaders’ retreat, and took part in adopting the draft 2016 CELAC agenda.

Mexico’s participation at the summit reaffirms its commitment to CELAC and to finding areas of agreement on priority issues, and promotes cooperation that benefits the societies of the member countries. The summit ends Ecuador’s term as pro tempore president and the position now rotates to the Dominican Republic.