All of us gathered here have assumed the ideals of the Organization as guiding principles of our political, economic and social development, he declared.

  • Global challenges challenge the vitality of the OAS, as well as its leadership. Faced with this situation, we must reaffirm our confidence in multilateralism as the best way to overcome the challenges we share at the regional and international levels, he said.
  • The important thing is to face these challenges on the basis of the same values we share; in accordance with the rules and norms of democracy, and within the framework of our institutions, whether national, regional or global, he said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto declared today that the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS), as a whole,  “Have advanced more than at any other time the fulfillment of our aspirations regarding democracy, human rights, security and development”.

As he inaugurated the 47th Ordinary Session of the OAS General Assembly, the president said that, “All of us gathered here have assumed the ideals of the Organization as guiding principles for our political, economic and social development”.

“Mexico, for example, has made representative democracy the basis of a regime of rights and freedoms. Thanks to the effort and commitment of several generations, today there is political plurality, free and periodic elections, an effective separation of powers, institutional checks and balances, and active monitoring of public life by citizens,” he declared.

The president said that, like every country, “We have not reached the full realization of the ideals of this Organization”.

“We still have many challenges to overcome in security, justice and human rights, as well as in human development, economic growth and environmental protection. But I am convinced that the important thing is to face these challenges on the basis of the same values we share; in accordance with the rules and norms of democracy, and within the framework of our institutions, whether national, regional or global”:

He stated that, “Mexico therefore reaffirms its firm conviction that the ideals and aspirations that gave rise to the OAS, embodied in the Charter of Bogota, have full validity and absolute currency”.

President Peña Nieto pointed out that we are experiencing an era of accelerated and profound transformations in which social, economic and political paradigms are rapidly changing. “Global challenges test the vitality of our Organization, as well as its leadership. Faced with this situation, we must reaffirm our confidence in multilateralism as the best way to overcome the challenges we share at the regional and international levels”.

He stressed that, “The key to multilateralism lies in the ability to tackle global problems through concerted actions”.

“Different political and economic models coexist in the American continent; there are different opinions on the paths to follow;  and different ways of organizing to achieve goals. “The plurality of our region has never been, and never will be an obstacle. On the contrary, the diversity of our countries, in their multiple dimensions, is one of our greatest sources of wealth,” he added.

The president said that, “We have pending issues. The main one is to overcome poverty and reduce inequality based on greater wealth creation and more equitable distribution, as well as the integral attention of the vulnerable sectors of our societies”.

He expressed his confidence that, “During this General Assembly we will achieve important results in each of these issues, based on constructive dialogue, mutual respect and close collaboration”.

“Today, the OAS demands from all its members a renewed commitment to the principles and values that led to its creation. Dialogue and consultation are the way to build a future of shared well-being and prosperity “:

”Here in Cancún, society and government have the possibility of advancing together and of making ours a region united by opportunities for well-being, prosperity and development,” he said.

“Today, within the framework of the General Assembly, Mexico reaffirms its membership and indissoluble commitment to the Organization of American States,” he said.

During the General Assembly, the 34 Member States of the OAS will discuss the Organizations’ four pillars: human rights, democracy, multidimensional security and integral development. Likewise, members of civil society and the business sector will interact with countries to convey their recommendations and concerns regarding issues of common concern for the hemisphere’s well-being.

THE PEACE OF OUR PEOPLES DEPENDS ON THE FORCE OF OUR RIGHTS; LET US NEVER RENOUNCE OUR RIGHTS, LET US NEVER RENOUNCE PEACE: LUIS ALMAGRO

Luis Leonardo Almagro Lemes, Secretary General of the OAS, said that, “Democracy is a right of peoples. In the OAS we have built our coexistence around the fundamental freedoms of our people”. He declared: “The peace of our peoples depends on the strength of our rights. Let us never renounce our rights, let us never renounce peace”.

The OAS Secretary General said that the international defense of democracy and human rights are creations of the inter-American system, and that security and development depend on it. He added that the conduct of democracy is permanent and therefore, “Requires, every day, resuming our commitments to the rights of citizens’ political participation”.

“We must be strong to be coherent. Every word we have agreed upon has a profound meaning for our societies. Our heroes gave their lives for us to build our political systems on fundamental principles: separation of powers, independence of the judiciary, electoral rights of the people, guarantees for the fundamental freedoms of our peoples, respect for freedom of expression and political influence,” he said.

THROUGH DIALOGUE AND AGREEMENT WE CAN OVERCOME OUR PROBLEMS AND BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR THE CONTINENT: LUIS VIDEGARAY CASO

Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso said that, “The OAS unites us and brings us together because we share principles, because we share values such as the defense of democracy, human rights, inclusive development and security in all its dimensions”.

He emphasized that this Assembly is designed and prepared to be a space for a dynamic dialogue with innovative formats that not only addresses the topics that are regularly discussed in a General Assembly, but also other topics such as the leadership of women in America, financial exclusion, migration with a stewardship approach, and the strengthening of the inter-American Human Rights System.

“These and many issues will have to be discussed in a very tight, very rich agenda, in which not only governments will engage in dialogue and discussion, but also civil society. Nearly 400 civil society organizations have registered and, since today, have participated in a dialogue with government representatives. The private sector has also played a very important role today.

“The point,” he said, “is to listen to all voices, to deal with all issues and always do so with a clear vocation through dialogue. Through agreement, we are able to overcome our problems and build a better future for the continent”.

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