The Cuban Association of the United Nations (ACNU) –not related to the UN – assured that the forum Civil society, youth and local authoritiesconvened by the EU for July 13 and 14, has been characterized by the “lack of timely information and the exclusion” of participants.
The NGO considered at a press conference that the format proposed for this forum “does not conform” to the decision adopted by the foreign ministers at a meeting held in Buenos Aires in October 2022, according to state media.
Goicochea criticized the proposal for ignoring Celac and its social articulation based on an “integrationist, supportive and social justice” approach.
The president of the ACNU, Norma Goicochea, also stated that the forum is not organized by the EU but by a platform of organizations, which in her opinion is not the usual practice in this type of initiative.
Likewise, he criticized the proposal for ignoring Celac and its social articulation based on an “integrationist, supportive and social justice” approach for the Latin American and Caribbean region.
The president of the ACNU also criticized the fact that the number of face-to-face attendees has been limited, which in her opinion “unacceptably reduces the participation of the varied and broad spectrum” of civil society organizations from the Latin American continent.
Goicochea said that the individual and collective associates of the ACNU will have representatives at the People’s Summit”, a meeting that is held in Madrid days before the CELAC-EU meeting in Brussels, and which he described as “a plural, democratic exercise participatory from a bi-regional approach”.
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