Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN- Vice Minister Karla Samayoa Recari represented Guatemala in the encounter between Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Central American Integration System -Sica- and the Nordic Countries.
The Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed that authorities discussed topics of common interest in this session.
During the meeting, ministers and vice ministers of Foreign Affairs addressed cooperation strategies and strengthening multilateralism. They also discussed disaster risk reduction, adaptation and response to the effects of natural disasters, and climate change preparation for COP28.
At the end of the meeting, the foreign ministers and the Secretary General of SICA proposed a memorandum of understanding on dialogue and cooperation, for which common priorities between the two regions will be defined.
The Nordic countries constitute a geographical and cultural region comprising five states: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
The Nordic term derives from Norden, a Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian word meaning the northern lands.
It became popular in 1952 with the creation of the Nordic Council, an organization for cooperation between these five countries based on their geographical proximity and cultural similarities.
Sica was founded in 1991 and is composed of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the United States of America. Other countries have the status of regional observers.
SICA was constituted on December 13, 1991, with the signing of the Protocol to the Charter of the Organization of Central American States. This document is also known as the Tegucigalpa Protocol.
The purpose of Sica is to achieve the integration of Central America as a region of peace, freedom, democracy, and development.