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Epidemic response and sustainability dominate the Ibero-American Summit

Epidemic response and sustainability dominate the Ibero-American Summit

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Antonio Costa, who will be accompanied by the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, arrived in Andorra on Tuesday evening.With an intense agenda on the first day, which includes a meeting with representatives of the Portuguese community in the emirate and a business forum.

Costa and Marcelo will join Andorra’s Prime Minister, Xavier Espot, the King and Prime Minister of Spain, Felipe VI and Pedro Sanchez, and the President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinadir, and Guatemala, Alejandro Giamatti.

The remaining Latin American heads of state will participate in the summit proceedings by videoconferencing.

Anna Isabel Costa, Special Envoy, Antena 1

The Ibero-American community consists of 22 countries, three of which are European (Portugal, Spain, and Andorra) and 19 from Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Cuba and the Dominican Republic).

The 27th summit, which was initially scheduled to be held in 2020, but was postponed due to the health crisis, bears the slogan “Innovation for Sustainable Development – Goal 2030. Ibero-American Meeting the Challenge of Coronavirus”.

At this summit, according to a Portuguese diplomatic source, Ibero-American heads of state and government should adopt a political declaration, called “Andorra Commitment”, in terms of innovation and sustainable development, with the aim of making the program an agreed action.
“Urgent” agenda

This Monday, at a pre-summit meeting, the environment ministers of Spain, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Andorra defended, “The Ibero-American environmental agenda is urgentHighlighting the importance it represents to achieving economic recovery and growth in the region.

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According to the same diplomatic source, during the summit, Three Ibero-American cooperation initiatives must also be approved, including a proposal from Portugal on global citizenship for sustainable development, as well as sixteen special statements made by member states of this organization addressing issues such as fair and universal access to vaccines against Covid-19.

The plenary session of the 27th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government will begin at 3 pm in Lisbon (4 pm in Andorra). At the end of the work, the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister of Portugal will hold a joint press conference at 20:00 in Lisbon.

Prior to the official start of the summit, the Portuguese Prime Minister is speaking at the conference on the topic of “Restoring and strengthening the global health system for a better response to future epidemics” – a panel discussion in which video interventions are made by Chilean heads of state. Heard, Sebastian Pinera, from Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, and from France, Emmanuel Macron.

The leaders of the four countries will have to discuss the lessons left by the epidemic and what are the proposals for facing the future, which is health system reforms that must be undertaken urgently.

On Wednesday morning, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Antonio Costa will hold a series of bilateral meetings with the heads of state and government of Spain, Andorra, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala.