JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE 1ST MEETING OF THE REGIONAL AND SUB-REGIONAL MECHANISMS FOR INTEGRATION IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN, THE ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (ECLAC), THE REGIONAL BUREAU FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN WITHIN THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION (FAO) OF THE UNITED NATIONS, THE UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANISATION (UNESCO) AND THE REGIONAL BUREAU FOR THE AMERICAS WITHIN THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION / PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANISATION
DRAFT REGIONAL COORDINATION STRATEGIC AGENDA OF THE LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STATES COMMUNITY (CELAC) ON SOCIAL MATTERS
In Caracas, the representatives of the regional and sub-regional mechanisms for integration in Latin America and the Caribbean and the Member States of the CELAC, the Economic Commission of the ECLAC, the Regional Direction for Latin America and the Caribbean within the FAO and the UNESCO, the Regional Bureau for the Americas within the World Health Organisation / Pan American Health Organisation, gathered within the framework of the 1st Meeting of the Regional and Sub-Regional Mechanisms for Integration in Latin America and the Caribbean on social matters with the purpose of elaborating a draft Regional Coordinated Strategic Agenda based on the priorities established in the Social Action Plan of the CELAC.
a) The mandate given by the Heads of State and Government of the CELAC during the Summit of Caracas, held on 3 December 2011, where it was agreed:
- To create an open-ended working group comprising the representatives of the Regional and Sub-Regional Mechanisms for Integration, in order to work on a draft Regional Coordinated Strategic Agenda. This Agenda would serve as one of the tools submitted for the consideration of the forum and envisaged at the meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Ministers on Social Development and Hunger and Poverty Eradication, with the aim of elaborating a Regional Action Plan of public policies on social matters. This agenda shall define common objectives, priority projects and expected results on inclusion and social development.
- To develop a core document to facilitate this process, based on the identification and prioritisation of common projects and programmes, taking into account the potential of the region, so that the achievements include all persons, especially those in vulnerable conditions.
b) The priorities defined by the Ministers and Authorities of Social Development and Hunger and Poverty Eradication at their first meeting, held in Caracas on 23 July 2013, where the CELAC Action Plan of Public Policies on social matters was elaborated, and subsequently adopted at the 2nd CELAC Summit in Havana, namely: to strengthen food and nutritional security in the region, to promote programmes on health with universal access, to achieve total literacy and quality education for all, among others.
c) The existence of convergent actions, projects and activities in the social agendas of all the regional and sub-regional mechanisms for integration in Latin America and the Caribbean, the FAO, ECLAC, WHO/PAHO and UNESCO.
d) The need to develop regional coordination mechanisms in order to bring more coherence and complementarity to the actions made by all the actors of the region, as well as to make more rational and efficient use of the resources available, taking as the starting point the most urgent needs of the Latin American and Caribbean peoples.
e) The possibilities of converging and adapting regional action plans, projects and activities to the current reality of Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the principles and values of the CELAC, as well as of contributing, in a concrete manner, to the consolidation of a region free from hunger and poverty.
HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:
1. To welcome the proposals made by the Regional and Sub-Regional Mechanisms for Integration, for the implementation of the CELAC Action Plan of Public Policies on Social Matters, as an important contribution to the achievement of social inclusion.
2. To continue working on the elaboration of the Regional Coordination Strategic Agenda of the CELAC on Social Matters, on the basis of the Matrix of convergent actions or projects aiming at creating the Action Plan of Public Policies on Social Matters of the Latin American and Caribbean States Community (CELAC), the Proposals for the implementation of the above-mentioned Action Plan submitted by the Executive Secretariat of the ALBA-TCP and PETROCARIBE, in partnership with the FAO, as well as the contributions made by all the Member States interested in contributing to the agenda, in accordance with the principles of flexibility and voluntary participation in the various initiatives.
3. To identify matches in the common challenges through the implementation of a methodology that includes the elaboration of articulators and coordinated actions.
4. To submit to the Pro Tempore Presidency and the Forum of Ministers of Social Matters the Draft Plan for Food Security, Nutrition and Hungry Eradication, elaborated by the FAO with the support of the ALADI and ECLAC, according to the 2014 Action Plan of the CELAC, to be circulated to all the Member States for revision and discussion, in a period not exceeding three months, at the Technical Meeting of Government Representatives, and for submission at the Meeting of Ministers of Social Matters that shall be held in November in Caracas, Venezuela. This is to implement the CELAC Action Plan issued at the 2nd Summit in Havana.
5. To submit to the Pro Tempore Presidency of the CELAC the proposal made by the UNESCO to hold a Working Meeting hosted by the UNESCO office in Quito and to represent Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, in September 2014 between the quartet of the CELAC and OREALC/UNESCO in Santiago, in order to discuss and to agree on the Post-2015 Educational Agenda, ahead of the Ministerial Meeting in Lima in October 2014, to mobilise resources and joint actions and to define the progress made in the region regarding the goals of Education for All (EFA) for 2015; as well as the critical aspects that must be dealt with as a matter of priority in Latin America and the Caribbean.
6. To promote, through the Pro Tempore Presidency and the Coordination of Social Matters within the CELAC, the dissemination of the platform for Food and Nutritional Security in Latin America and the Caribbean developed by the FAO, in accordance with the mandate to work in coordination with the SELA and FAO for the development and maintenance of compendia and electronic directories regarding food production and food and nutritional security. This platform shall form part of the Regional Coordination Strategic Agenda that shall be discussed at the Meeting of Ministers of Social Matter.
7. To request the Pro Tempore Presidency of the CELAC, in a period not exceeding 3 months, to circulate to all the Regional and Sub-Regional Mechanisms for Integration, as well as the FAO, ECLAC, WHO/PAHO and UNESCO, and all the CELAC Member States this Communiqué and its attached documents as tools for the Draft Regional Coordination Strategic Agenda of the CELAC on social matters, to be submitted for the consideration, discussion and approval of the CELAC Ministers of Social Matters in their next Meeting.
8. To release the documents adopted in this meeting to the bodies through which the Member States of each of the institutions signing this Joint Communiqué participate and make decisions, recommending the best means of establishing mechanisms providing coordination with the CELAC as a matter of priority.
9. To highlight the contributions that may be made by the FLACSO and CLACSO as institutions for training and research, in the activities relating to the systematisation and production of knowledge on the progress and challenges of the CELAC in its process of union and integration.
10. To submit for the consideration of the Pro Tempore Presidency of the CELAC, after consultation with the Member States, the request for the Executive Secretariat of the ALBA-TCP to drive a mechanism for permanent interaction and consultation between the Regional and Sub-Regional Mechanisms for Integration in Latin America and the Caribbean and the bodies relating to the Social Action Plan of the CELAC for the consolidation of the draft Regional Coordination Strategic Agenda to be presented at the Meeting of Ministers of Social Matters to be held in November 2014, in Venezuela. To this end, several face-to-face or virtual thematic meetings shall be organised during the period between this meeting and the Meeting of Ministers of Social Matters, after consultation with the Pro Tempore Presidency of the CELAC.
Finally, the participants appreciate the hospitality by the Executive Secretariat of the ALBA-TCP and the Permanent Secretariat of the SELA, as well as by the Government and the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in the organisation of this meeting.
This Meeting was attended in Caracas, on 20 June 2014, by:
- The Executive Secretariat of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America – People's Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP).
- The Permanent Secretariat of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA).
- The Secretariat General of the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI).
- The Andean Development Corporation (CAF).
- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
- The Regional Representation for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
- The General High Representative of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR).
- The Direction General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
- The Integration Direction of the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE).
- The Venezuelan Representation of the Regional Bureau for the Americas within the World Health Organisation / Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO).
- The Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation (ACTO).
- The Executive Secretariat of PETROCARIBE.
- The Presidency of the Regional Monetary Council within the Unified System for Regional Compensation (SUCRE).
- The Secretariat General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).
- The Regional Representation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
- The Secretariat General of the Latin American Centre for Development Administration (CLAD).