The Vice President of the Republic, José Gabriel Carrizo, spoke today at the XXVIII Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government held in the Dominican Republic, representing Panama, highlighting the commitment of the Government of President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen to promote cooperation, solidarity and dialogue among the nations of the region.
The vice president referred to the challenges that countries are facing today, such as the climate crisis, the risks of new pandemics, food security, irregular migration, human trafficking and trafficking, and the fight against drugs, among others, and He stressed that “they prevent individualism, they cannot be solved with isolated efforts.”
In his speech, he highlighted the fundamental role played by the economic development of nations, which he considered “the most vulnerable link in the social fabric”, and indicated that the current reality imposes social investment as a vital tool for stability and having a path true for overcoming poverty.
“In Panama, this spirit inspired the adoption of the Solidarity Panama Plan and the Colmena Plan Law, which during the pandemic and post-pandemic guarantee social protection, especially in areas characterized by multidimensional poverty,” said Carrizo Jaén.
The Panamanian vice president explained to the forum of leaders and heads of state that these policies with a wide social scope and an effective strategy for managing the health crisis have been the decisive pillar for the economic recovery towards which we are advancing with a firmer and safer step.
On the other hand, he referred to the commitment of Panama, one of the three countries in the world that has a negative carbon footprint, in the face of the profound climate crisis that the world is going through.
He indicated that the current development model must be transformed to include the value of biodiversity, seeking healthy and healthy ecosystems, for which reason Panama has reaffirmed its responsibility with the preservation of marine fauna and expanded its protected areas in an area of 93,390.71 km2 during the VIII Our Ocean Conference, recently held in our country.
“Today more than a third of our territory, continental platform and maritime space are declared protected areas,” said Carrizo Jaén.
According to the vice president, the management of the ruler Cortizo Cohen has consolidated Panama’s world leadership in the fight against climate change and today “more than 80% of the generation of our electrical energy comes from renewable sources; 95% of the energy generated to feed our national matrix is clean energy”, he added.
In another part of his speech, the vice president referred to the current situation of women in the world, citing data from UN-Women that indicates that there are still many unrecorded femicides. “On average, in 4 out of 10 intentional homicides of women and girls, there is insufficient data to identify them as femicides. In addition, many of these crimes go unpunished, ”he indicated.
In this sense, he highlighted that, with the objective of institutionally ensuring and promoting the fight for equality, the National Government began to settle part of the historical debt of the Panamanian State with women, creating the Ministry of Women.
“As the father of two girls, I want them to grow up in a much safer world. I would like, in a few years, to remember that we promote the formation of our boys and girls in the culture of peace. Promoting this common agenda only requires political will and it is also the right path”, said Carrizo Jaén before the Ibero-American assembly.
Carrizo Jaén, who referred to the Ibero-American Summit as an exceptional space for the meeting and shared decisions of our countries, took the opportunity to request international cooperation for the conservation of the Darién National Park, “where thousands of people risk their lives daily, crossing this sanctuary of biodiversity in a migratory flow that threatens to overwhelm us”.
Vice President Carrizo Jaén, who is in Santo Domingo in the company of the Foreign Minister, Janaina Tewaney Mencomo, and the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Federico Alfaro, returns to the country tonight.