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Political Declaration of Belén, Costa Rica, III Summit of Heads of State and Goverment of the CELAC

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A. Building together a sustainable development with equity

The Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), conscious of our responsibility towards the development of Latin American and Caribbean peoples and societies whom we represent, as well as with the international community to which we belong, recognize in CELAC the competent dialogue and political coordination mechanism for the 33 countries of the Community to strengthen the unity in diversity, integration, cooperation, solidarity and the development of national and regional capacities so that it allows us to move towards greater prosperity and a well-being of the Latin American and Caribbean peoples.

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CELAC Action Plan 2015

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1. Implement CELAC´s Plan for Food Security, Nutrition and Hunger Eradication 2025, developed by FAO, ECLAC and ALADI following up on the mandate, which emanated from the CELAC Action Plan 2014.

2. Hold during the II Semester of 2015, in the Republic of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the II CELAC Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Social Development for the Eradication of Hunger and Poverty, in order to evaluate the advances achieved, approve the Strategic Agenda of Regional Coordination and follow-up the decisions of the Ministers.

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Special Declaration 1: Of the Community of the Latin American and Caribbean States on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

logo CELACThe Heads of State and Government of the Latin American and Caribbean States gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the III Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on January 28th and 29th , 2015;

Recognising the particular vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, which constrain their efforts towards sustainable development, taking into account the significant impact of natural events and the negative effects of climate change, in particular the increase of sea level, as grave threats to their survival;

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Special Declaration 2: On the initiative of erecting a permanent memorial in honour of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade

logo CELACThe Heads of State and Government of the Latin America and the Caribbean States gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the III Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on January, 28th and 29th , 2015;

Recalling the tragedy and horrors of the inhuman system of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which uprooted from their homes 15 to 20 million men, women and children, who were shipped and traded as cargo to the Americas, receiving an inhuman, unfair and despicable treatment and subjected to torture, abuse and forced labour;

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Special Declaration 3: Of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States on the need to create effective mechanisms to overcome the difficulties of Paraguay as a landlocked developing country

logo CELACThe Heads of State and Government of Latin America and the Caribbean, gathered in Costa Rica, for the Third Summit of the Latin American and Caribbean State Community (CELAC), held on 28 and 29 of January 2015,

Reaffirm the need to promote the growth and development of CELAC’s member States and reduce the asymmetries that exist. In this context, they remark the importance of the functioning of effective mechanisms and their renewal to overcome the difficulties faced by Paraguay as a landlocked developing country, based on

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Special Declaration 4: Of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States for the protection of children and adolescents against bullyng

logo CELACThe Heads of State and Government of the Latin America and the Caribbean States gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the III Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on January 28th and 29th , 2015,

Concerned by the recurring bullying, and cyber-bullying in the region and by the negative longterm effect that this conduct has on the full enjoyment of human rights of the children and adolescents.

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Special Declaration 5: On the question of the Malvinas Islands

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The Heads of State and Government of Latin America and the Caribbean, gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the 3rd Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), held on January 28th and 29th , 2015;

1. Reiterate their strongest support for the legitimate rights of the Argentine Republic in the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas, South Georgias and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas, as well as the permanent interest of the countries of the region in the resumption of negotiations between the Governments of the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in order to find – as soon as possible – a peaceful and definitive solution to such dispute, pursuant to the relevant resolutions of the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of American States (OAS), as expressed by them in the previous Declarations of the Rio Group and the Latin America and Caribbean Summit (CALC) —especially the Declaration of the Unity Summit, held in Riviera Maya, Mexico, on 23 February 2010— which are part of the historical heritage of CELAC;

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Special Declaration 6: Of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States on climate change

logo CELACThe Heads of State and Government of the Latin America and the Caribbean States gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the III Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on 28 and 29 January 2015;

Reaffirming our belief that climate change is one of the most serious problems of our time and our concern for its growing negative impact on developing countries and Small Island states in particular, which compromises the efforts to eradicate poverty and to achieve sustainable development.

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Special Declaration 7: Of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States on the need to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba

logo CELACThe Heads of State and Government of the Latin America and the Caribbean States gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the III Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on 28 and 29 January 2015:

1. Express their strongest opposition to the coercive economic measures not supported by the International Law, including all those unilateral actions imposed on sovereign countries for political reasons, that impair the well-being of their peoples and are designed to prevent these countries from exercising their right to decide, by their own free will, their political, economic and social systems.

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Special Declaration 8: Of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States to support the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations

logo CELACThe Heads of State and Government of the Latin America and the Caribbean States gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the III Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on January, 28th and 29th 2015,

1. Reiterate their total condemnation of all acts of terrorism as a criminal and unjustifiable act, and reaffirm their commitment to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including the cases in which there are States involved, directly or indirectly, in strict observance of the Charter of the United Nations, of International Law, of International Norms on the protection of Human Rights and of International Humanitarian Law to this end, among other actions, they will strengthen and reinforce, as is necessary, their national legislation and will promote an active and efficient international cooperation to prevent, investigate, sanction and eliminate every manifestation of this scourge. Likewise, they commit to take quick and effective actions to prevent, penalize and eliminate the financing and the preparation of any terrorist act and to deny safe haven to instigators, funders, authors, promoters or participants in terrorist activities, in accordance with the international legal framework, including the respective international conventions and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations;

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Special Declaration 9: Of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States on education for Sustainable Development

logo CELACThe Heads of State and Government of Latin America and the Caribbean, gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the Third Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on January 28th – 29th, 2015;

Recognizing that education for all, free and quality is an essential element for achieving sustainable development in our countries;

Recognizing that education is a fundamental key to face the challenges of poverty eradication, the change in consumption and production patterns towards more sustainable modalities, the elimination of discriminatory practices as racism, sexism, exclusion, among others, and is a fundamental instrument for the promotion of a peace culture, the strengthening democracy and the consolidation of more just and inclusive societies;

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Special Declaration 10: Of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States about the world drug problem

logo CELACThe Heads of State and Government of the Latin America and the Caribbean States gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the III Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on 28th and 29th January 2015,

Reiterating its commitment with the Santiago Declaration of the First Summit of CELAC, held in Santiago, Chile, on January 27th and 28th of 2013; where in paragraphs 28 and 29, it was expressed support for the debate on the achievements and limitations of current policies to address the world drug problem;

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Special Declaration 11: Of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States on tranparency and fight against corruption

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We, the Heads of State and Government of Latin America and the Caribbean, gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the III Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on 28 and 29 January 2015.

Acknowledging that the prevention and fight against corruption is one of the priorities of Member States in our Community, and recognizing the importance of generating synergies between the different instruments and international fora on the subject;

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Special Declaration 12: Of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States on the candidacy by Trinidad and Tobago to host the Secretariat of the Arms Trade Treaty

logo CELACIn view that the Arms Trade Treaty was concluded at the United Nations Headquarters, New York on April 2, 2012, adopted by majority of States during the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and that the treaty which was opened for signature on June 3, 2013.

Underlining Trinidad and Tobago’s interest to host the Secretariat of the Arms Trade Treaty, announced by Trinidad and Tobago at the signing ceremony for this Treaty at the United Nations Headquarters on 3rd June, 2013 Considering the Arms Trade Treaty entered into force on December 24th, 2014:

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Special Declaration 13: Of the Comunnity of Latin American and Caribbean States on challengesof CELAC Middle-Income Countries: towards a results based aproach

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The Heads of State and Government of the Latin America and the Caribbean States gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the Third Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on 28 and 29 January 2015;

Reiterating the right that each nation has to peacefully and freely build its own political and economic system, in accordance with the sovereign mandate of its people, and the principles of flexibility and voluntary participation that underlay in CELAC´s actions, and within the framework of the full enjoyment of human rights comprised in the various documents of the United Nations;

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