In early January, Mexico assumed the presidency pro tempore of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) for the 2020-2021 period, a position occupied by Bolivia last year.
Mexico has promised to strengthen the position of the region on an international level during its term, a goal that it plans to achieve with 14 development projects that include aerospace and aeronautical cooperation, risk management for natural disasters, consolidated buying in the region, transparency and the fight against corruption, and a dialogue between the CELAC and China.
Its plan also proposes that the CELAC participate in the general debate at the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly, which will take place in September this year, as well as recognizing the CELAC countries that are being successful in the fight against inequality and poverty. Other key areas will be promoting tourism in the region and strengthening the position and unity of the CELAC on the international stage when it comes to issues on which there is a joint stance.
The goal is to transform this organization made up of 29 countries into a tool for more powerful cooperation in Latin America, focusing on similarities instead of differences.
The CELAC was founded ten years ago with the support of Hugo Chávez and Lula da Silva and includes all the countries of the continent except for the United States and Canada.
During the closing ceremony of the First Academic and Knowledge Summit, which was held in October of last year in El Salvador, Félix García Lausín, who is the Secretary General of the Ibero-American University Council (...)
During the closing ceremony of the First Academic and Knowledge Summit, which was held in October of last year in El Salvador, Félix García Lausín, who is the Secretary General of the Ibero-American University Council (CUIB), announced that Galicia would host the Second Academic and Knowledge Summit of the CELAC-EU.
The Summit is underpinned by the need to boost cooperation in the fields of science, technology, and innovation – a need outlined in previous meetings of heads of state and government in both regions.
The Galician community is hoping that this summit will strengthen ties between educational institutions and increase the Spanish presence at Latin American universities and in academic globally.
For García Lausín, it is “a great opportunity to strengthen the scientific and academic relationships between the universities in these regions”.
On November 22, the Minister of Education, Universities and Vocational Training for the Galician regional government came to an agreement with the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) regarding the organization (...)
On November 22, the Minister of Education, Universities and Vocational Training for the regional government of Galicia (la Xunta de Galicia) came to an agreement with the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) regarding the organization of the Second Academic and Knowledge Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the European Union (CELAC-EU), which will take place on March 26 and 27 at the City of Culture in Santiago de Compostela.
The Summit will attract more than 500 representatives from universities across Ibero-America and the EU, with the purpose of discussing and agreeing on strategies to promote the cooperation and inclusive development of higher education.
The USC will be the academic host, as well as the institution responsible for the organization of the Summit, in which they will be assisted by the Xunta, the University of A Coruña, the University of Vigo, the CELAC-EU University Council, the Ibero-American Secretariat-General (SEGIB), and the Ibero-American University Council (CUIB).
The celebration of the Summit was confirmed in October 2017 as part of the University Council of the CELAC-UE and during the annual conference of the Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions of Mexico (ANUIES), which took place in the Mexican city of Guadalajara, giving the go-ahead to the three universities which make up the Galician University System (SUG).
This meeting will see progress towards the construction of a common space for Euro-Latin American and Caribbean higher education, science, technology, and innovation. The Summit’s program will have four key themes: the construction this space for Euro-Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education; a university committed to the 2030 Agenda; science, technology, and innovation for sustainability; and the challenge of the digital transformation of higher education.
The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) is an inter-governmental tool for dialogue and political discussion made up of Latin American and Caribbean countries which also has an open dialogue with the European Union.
The CELAC-EU summits bring together European, Latin American, and Caribbean leaders with a view to strengthen relations between the regions through forums for discussion and cooperation between the states of the EU, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
The First CELAC-EU Academic and Knowledge Summit was held at the University of El Salvador in 2017. The agreements reached there were outlined in the Declaration of San Salvador, which also included the offer from the Galician government to host the Second CELAC-EU Academic and Knowledge Summit.