MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –
Source: Republic of Colombia
The President will attend the inauguration ceremony of the President of Bolivia, Luis Arce, within the strengthening of the Andean Community (CAN), whose pro tempore presidency is held by Colombia.
Within the framework of the transmission of command, the Head of State will hold bilateral meetings with the attending dignitaries, including King Felipe VI, of Spain; the President of Bolivia, Luis Arce, and the President of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez.
On Sunday, President Iván Duque will develop a working day in Chile with President Sebastián Piñera, who next month hands over the pro tempore presidency of Prosur to Colombia.
Bogotá (Nov. 6/20). This Saturday, at the end of the dialogue on the economic reactivation of the Commitment to Colombia, which will take place in Montería, President Iván Duque Márquez will travel to Bolivia and Chile, where he will develop a 24-hour work schedule, within the strengthening of the Andean Community ( CAN), whose pro tempore presidency is held by Colombia, and those of Prosur and the Pacific Alliance, which will take over soon.
In La Paz, President Duque will attend on Sunday the inauguration of the President of Bolivia, Luis Arce, with whom he will meet to reinforce the momentum of the CAN that Colombia carries out since the pro tempore presidency of this integration pact, created half a century ago. through the Cartagena Agreement.
Likewise, he will hold bilateral meetings with some of the dignitaries attending the transmission of command, including King Felipe VI, of Spain; the President of Bolivia, Luis Arce, and the President of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez.
Later, the Colombian Head of State will travel to Chile, to advance a working day with President Sebastián Piñera, who will hand over to Colombia the temporary presidency of the Pacific Alliance, as well as that of the Forum for Progress within a few weeks. of South America (Prosur).
The agenda includes the preparation of the handover of the pro tempore presidency of this last group to Colombia.
Regarding the Pacific Alliance, which Colombia and Chile make up together with Mexico and Peru, Presidents Duque and Piñera will discuss the opportunities for exchange and economic growth in the region.
The leaders will review the actions taken to face the covid-19 pandemic and for the reactivation of productive life, within a framework of prevention, protection and cooperation, and will exchange information and experiences.
Likewise, they will examine the regional epidemiological situation and joint efforts for access to future vaccines, within the alliance that Colombia and Chile have, which also participate in the Covax mechanism.
On the other hand, the agenda of the Colombian President is centered on environmental issues such as PreCOP, a meeting prior to COP26 that will be held in Colombia in 2021; the Pact of the Amazon (signed last year by seven countries, including Bolivia), the protection of the oceans and the use of plastics.
The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the Annual Summit held by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, where 196 countries plus the European Union meet. It will take place in Glasgow (United Kingdom) in November 2021, and Colombia will host the PreCOP.
President Duque, who returns to Bogotá on Sunday night, will travel accompanied by the Chief of Staff, María Paula Correa, and the Ministers of Foreign Relations, Claudia Blum, and the Ministers of Environment and Sustainable Development, Carlos Eduardo Correa; the Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, Adriana Mejía, and the Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, Laura Valdivieso.
Likewise, officials from the Ministries of Health, Environment and Commerce, among others, will join the work session in Chile in a virtual way.
Presidency of the CAN
Colombia has chaired the CAN since last July 8 and among its proposals to revitalize the integration bloc also formed by Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, the Andean Environmental Charter stands out, which establishes the axes to combat climate change and protect the ecosystems of the region.
This Letter was presented on September 1 at the 20th Extraordinary Meeting of the Andean Council of Foreign Ministers.
That same day, it was approved to strengthen the Simón Bolívar Andean University and Colombia announced, on behalf of the Andean Community, a contribution to the Pan American Health Organization for 500 thousand dollars, to contribute to access to vaccines and supplies against covid-19.
Prosur and Pacific Alliance
Colombia is one of the founders of the Pacific Alliance, created in 2011 together with Chile, Mexico and Peru.
President Duque will receive the pro tempore presidency of this group starting next December, from the hands of the President of Chile. Said rotating presidency will be for one year.
Meanwhile, Prosur emerged from the meeting of South American presidents held on March 22, 2019, in which the ‘Presidential Declaration on the Renewal and Strengthening of the Integration of South America’ was signed, and has had as main managers Presidents Duque and Piñera.
Colombia is also preparing to assume the pro tempore presidency of Prosur, which Chile has held since its foundation.
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