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Belize participates in regional political forum

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

Belize was among the nations represented at the First Central American Integration System (SICA)-Chile Political Dialogue and Cooperation Forum in Santiago, Chile.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington led the Belizean delegation, accompanied by his Chief Executive Officer H.E. Pat Andrews, and Foreign Service Officer, Amaris Leal.

Participating countries discussed issues such as the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and aspects of implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s. They also discussed matters relating to climate change, natural disasters, conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and their resources, and the environment.
During his presentation, Elrington highlighted Belize’s limitations in dealing with natural disasters, pointing to a need for greater collaboration to address those limitations. He also noted that having a dedicated source of funding is paramount to whatever plans and policies are formulated to address the imitations.

Following the forum, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement, announcing that the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of SICA and Chile adopted a Joint Communiqué in which the parties agreed to move forward with a regional cooperation programme aligned with the five pillars for development of SICA and the strategic areas of Chile´s cooperation programme.

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