Guatemala Reaffirms Its Commitment to a Sustainable and Inclusive Future at SEGIB Foreign Ministers Meeting

The representatives of 22 countries agreed to strengthen national capacities.

by Victor Cojulún

Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN- On September 21, the Guatemalan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mario Búcaro, participated in a meeting of Ibero-American foreign ministers from the Ibero-American General Secretariat -SEGIB- in New York, United States, in the context of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Through a press release, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed that Minister Bucaro stressed the need to develop strategies to address global climate change and pollution, propose specific actions, and prioritize inclusive public policies in the meeting.

Minister Búcaro highlighted Guatemala’s strong support and commitment to building an inclusive and sustainable future for the Ibero-American nations.

Joint Declaration

During the meeting, a Special Statement on Transnational Organized Crime was adopted by consensus. This statement seeks to increase Ibero-American cooperation in innovation and the development of effective capacities in:

  • Combating illicit drug trafficking
  • Human trafficking
  • Illicit migrant trafficking
  • Illicit firearms trafficking
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Cybercrime

Representatives from the 22 Ibero-American countries also agreed to strengthen their national capacities by exchanging information, experiences, and best practices. 

Additionally, they agreed to reinforce prevention and control programs and increase cooperation through international mechanisms, thus reducing the duplication of efforts.

The Participants

SEGIB is composed of 22 member states, uniting Spain, Portugal, and Andorra with Latin America.

Ecuador holds the pro tempore presidency under the motto “Innovation, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Ibero-America.” Ecuador is also preparing for the next XXIX Ibero-American Summit, which it will host in the first quarter of 2024.

During the meeting, the Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Gustavo Manrique, representing the Pro Tempore Secretariat of the Ibero-American Conference, also discussed the main lines of action for the upcoming XXIX Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State. “Innovation, Inclusion, and Sustainability” is the chosen theme for the Summit scheduled for November 2024 in Quito, Ecuador.

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