Guatemala City, by Daniel Coromac -AGN-. As part of his New Year’s speech, President Alejandro Giammattei outlined the actions taken by his administration in favor of the protection of life and the family.
It is one of the most representative approaches of this administration. During the first year of government, on July 26, 2021, President Giammattei presented the Public Policy for the Protection of Life and the Institutionalization of the Family 2021-2032. On different occasions, he stated that the goal is to guarantee the rights of individuals and families.
Ninety-nine programs are planned for its implementation, with the participation of eleven government ministries. The goals of this strategy foresee the involvement of the State in the development of the Guatemalan people from the prenatal stage through early childhood, childhood, adolescence, youth, adulthood, and older age.
President Giammattei also promoted policies that favored the integrity of vulnerable sectors, such as the Policy against Violence, Exploitation, and Trafficking in Persons and the Policy for the Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents.
These actions are based on the first three articles of the Political Constitution of the Republic of Guatemala. They define the structure of the State to protect the person as well as to act to ensure peace and the right to life.
Iberoamerican Pro-Life Capital
President Alejandro Giammattei’s administration’s work has produced results in the international context. An example is the declaration of Guatemala as the Pro-Life Capital of Ibero-America.
During his end-of-year message, he mentioned, “This national initiative, a model for the world, was awarded the declaration of Guatemala as the Pro-Life Capital of Ibero-America.”
The designation received was in charge of the Ibero-American Congress for Life and the Family and took place on March 9, 2022. This entailed several commemorative activities, including unveiling a monument in the National Palace of Culture. It is located in the Patio de la Vida and refers to Guatemala as a light to the nations.
Through these achievements, the nation’s president has called on several occasions for national unity by turning to faith.
Part of the success in the international context also includes the presentation of the Distinguished Award of International Honor. The award was presented to Guatemala in Washington, United States, by the Institute for Women’s Health -IWH- president and former U.S. government official Valerie Huber on October 25, 2023.