MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –
Source: Republic of Colombia
Bogotá (Dec 16/20). This Wednesday the LVII Summit of Mercosur and Associated States was held, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Claudia Blum participated on behalf of President Iván Duque, on behalf of Colombia.
For our country, being associated with Mercosur has represented an opportunity to strengthen ties with the States Parties and have a relevant setting to establish positions on issues of common interest, share good practices on issues that concern the region, as well as work on issues of great benefit to citizens, including mechanisms to facilitate the mobility of people (such as the Temporary Residence Agreement and the Travel Document Agreement), educational integration and recognition of titles, culture and cultural industries, rights human resources, and exchange of experiences related to issues of citizen security, transnational organized crime and training in these areas.
During her intervention, Minister Blum highlighted that in the current situation, “MERCOSUR acquires greater relevance, because it allows joint actions to be explored and joined forces to face the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented global emergency that has generated serious social and economic impacts, which we must overcome ”.
In the same way, she was emphatic in stating that “now more than ever, the fundamental role of multilateralism is confirmed in addressing the most pressing common problems that affect our societies.”
“The current health and socio-economic crisis requires a universal, cooperative, coherent, science-based and people-centered response that allows us to move towards a sustainable and inclusive recovery.”
This is why he proposed equity and sustainability as fundamental pillars for the post-covid-19 reactivation:
Equity because “our countries have regressed in social progress, and in particular in reducing poverty. The crisis offers us an opportunity to work in coordination to close inequality gaps, and guarantee well-being with a vision of inclusion “
Sustainability because, aligned with the objectives of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and the post-2020 Biodiversity Framework, “we work to create jobs in sustainable sectors, generate the capacity of communities to adapt to climate change and promote a responsible use of our resources”.
In this context, he assured that this “is the occasion to strengthen trade and economic relations, while we advance the dialogue on public policies on cleaner production, sustainable trade and the transition towards a circular economy.”
Finally, he assured that Colombia “renews its interest in MERCOSUR as a space for regional integration, and our willingness to continue strengthening mutual relations. We hope that the joint work between States parties and associates will allow us to advance in our common objectives ”.
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