Consensus of the 22 Ibero-American countries to celebrate the XXVII Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government in 2021

The III Meeting of National Coordinators and Heads of Cooperation of Ibero-American Coordinators, held this Monday and Tuesday with the presence of all the countries of the region, welcomed the proposal of Andorra, presidency pro tempore of the Ibero-American Conference, to celebrate the XXVII Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government in the first semester of 2021 with the slogan “Innovation for sustainable development Objective 2030. Ibero-America facing the challenge of the coronavirus”.

“We maintain the dynamics of consensus within the Ibero-American Conference: all countries have supported postponing the Summit for the first half of 2021”, said the National Coordinator of Andorra for the Ibero-American Summit, Jaume Gaytán.

The extraordinary meeting of Ibero-American Foreign Ministers to be held in late 2020 will formally adopt the decision and set the date for holding the Ibero-American Summit.

The representatives of the 22 Ibero-American countries also approved the new calendar of preparatory meetings for the Summit, which will take place virtually. Among which, the following stands out:

  • Meeting of Environment Ministers (September 16), which will recover the environmental issue at the Ibero-American Conference on the initiative of Andorra and after a decade;
  • Meeting of Ministers of Education (October 6);
  • Meeting of Ministers of Public Administration and State Reform (October 8);
  • Extraordinary meeting of Foreign Ministers scheduled for the end of 2020 (a new appointment agreed during the meeting).

The Ibero-American countries reaffirmed their commitment to the preparatory work for the Ibero-American Summit, which will now focus on the new context of COVID-19, with the aim of providing solutions for the region.

At the end of the two-day meeting, the Ibero-American Secretary General, Rebeca Grynspan, stated:

“We are consolidating the preparatory work towards the XXVII Ibero-American Summit, adapting to new challenges. In these difficult times, the Ibero-American countries are demonstrating their determined commitment to multilateralism and cooperation at the Ibero-American Conference.”

During the III Meeting of National Coordinators and Cooperation Managers, a decisive boost was also given to Ibero-American Cooperation with the proposal of four new collaboration initiatives. This is the program against Chagas disease promoted by Argentina and Brazil; the Iberoamerican Institute of Indigenous Languages; the program for the elimination of violence against women, and the program for global citizenship, led by Chile, Spain, Mexico, Portugal and Uruguay.

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