Within the framework of the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC); The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, called for moving from rhetoric to real Latin American integration, with concrete measures that allow the region to be strengthened “from the south of Patagonia to Alaska.”
The CELAC Summit, currently held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, chaired by the pro-tempore president, Alberto Fernández; He had important pronouncements such as that of the Brazilian Lula da Silva and the president of our Nation. However, when everyone requested the Latin American and Caribbean integration the Colombian president asked to move from the statements without tangible projects.
For this reason, Gustavo Petro, proposed to create a regional clean energy network, in order to supply electricity to the entire continent incurring the preservation of the environmentan issue in which leaders of the CELAC Summit They show they are committed. According to COP 27 held in Egypt last year, world leaders proposed a series of measures to gradually reduce pollution in the world.
The Colombian president managed to transform this commitment into a concrete proposal. Among his statements, he said that “South America is the region with the greatest clean energy potential in the world. If we come together, it could put so much power into that power grid that Not only would we be surplus in the generation of clean energy for our own societies, but we could be an engine to help the progressive forces of the United States and Canada to change their own electrical energy matrix”.
He also referred to the problem of migration, whose main victims are the migrants themselves: “It is that if the towns run out of water and food, they go to the north, they go to where the water is. And we see that in Europe and we see that in the United States. And the answers are not machine guns and walls and concentration camps.
Speech by the president pro-tempore
Alberto Fernández began CELAC with a speech in which he highlighted the progress of the ultra-right in the region and in different parts of the world. Faced with the coup assault on the three powers of Brasilia, the Argentine president called to protect “institutionality and democracy against a recalcitrant and fascist right.”
In addition, the pro-tempore president emphasized the return of Brazil to CELAC; an action that was attributed to the new Brazilian head of state, Lula da Silva. “Without a doubt, a CELAC without Brazil is a much more empty CELAC, with which its presence today completes us”. On the other hand, part of the speech was focused on the commercial blockades suffered by Cuba and Venezuela, where he pronounced that “they are a very perverse method of sanctioning, not the governments, but the peoples.”