The EU and Latin America and the Caribbean are committed to promoting sustainable growth, equity and peace in the region.

Officials of the European Union and the government of Nicaragua, together with representatives in Nicaraguan territory of EU countries and Latin America and the Caribbean, from Managua, positively received the announcement of a “new phase of relations” between both regions.

“Representatives of the European Union, the Government of Nicaragua, all EU member countries represented in Managua, embassies from Latin America and the Caribbean accredited in Nicaragua met at the European Union Residence in Managua to celebrate the start of a renewed phase in relations between the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean,” the old continent bloc highlighted in a statement.

This meeting took place after the adoption by the Council of the European Union of historic Conclusions on relations between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

Likewise, the written declaration highlighted the joint capacity of the regions to promote “sustainable growth, build just and resilient societies,” and promote peace, security, “inclusive multilateralism and global progress.”

Likewise, the conclusions were detailed by the Council that emphasize “the natural partnership between the EU and LAC, underlining the need to strengthen cooperation to address regional and global challenges, especially the global climate and environmental crises”.

The ambassador of the European Union in Nicaragua, Fernando Ponz Cantó, expressed during the meeting: “The EU is determined to collaborate more and better with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean in a spirit of mutual respect and joint work among equals, including on issues as important as the application of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

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“As well as in the reform of global governance, including the international financial architecture, to make it more inclusive and effective. The imminent and very important COP28 event will be a first great opportunity to strengthen our cooperation in pursuit of common objectives,” Ponz added.

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These Council conclusions represent not only the result of a process that included the New Agenda adopted in June and the EU-CELAC Summit in July, but also the beginning of a new stage in this strategic partnership, with citizens as the main beneficiaries and protagonists of this renewed commitment, as specified in the statement issued by the European bloc.