UNODC participates as Consultative Observer in the Twenty-third Summit of Heads of State and Government
On Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October 2013, the Panamanian Government hosted the XXIII Ibero-American Summit, under the theme
"The political, economic, social and cultural role of the Ibero-American community in the new world context"
This Summit has been presented as a renewal and transition of the policy dialogue in the Ibero-American space, and of a community that includes 22 Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries in America and Europe.
The Ibero-American Secretary General, Uruguayan Enrique Iglesias of Spanish origin, who has led the Ibero-American Secretariat from its headquarters in Madrid since 2005, said goodbye to the Ibero-American Heads of State and Government and the Summits, having completed his term as Secretary General.
UNODC, in its capacity as Consultative Observer, and on behalf of the Executive Director, Mr. Yury Fedotov, congratulated the Ibero-American Secretary General on the brilliant trajectory of the Secretariat and on the space for dialogue and development of public policy that has been established in the Ibero-American community.
Discussions were held on the challenges in the region and the renewed drive which the SEGIB could assume for the XXIV Ibero-American Summit, scheduled to take place in Veracruz (Mexico) in 2014. For example, the creation of a culture of transparency and combating corruption in the Ibero-America region, so as to strengthen the sustainable growth of the region's economies; the creation of a new work platform and the structuring of public policy between Ibero-America and the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa); and, with the substantive support of the United Nations, the re- alignment of regional cooperation on issues of common interest between the Ibero-American community and other integration mechanisms such as CELAC, UNASUR, and the OAS.
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