Civil Society from the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean launch El Salvador Declaration

Ahead of the next EU-CELAC Heads of States Summit, CONCORD Europe and its Latin American partner, Mesa de Articulación, organised a Civil Society Forum in San Salvador, on 7 and 8 September 2017. During these two days, 150 participants from more than 80 organisations - including SOLIDAR members - undertook a critical analysis of the socio-economic situation in Europe and Latin America and developed recommendations for both EU and Latin American and Caribbean governments in the framework of their bi-regional relations.

Following this Forum, CONCORD Europe and Mesa de Articulación (both confederations representing more than 2000 NGOs) along with other civil society organisations from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe have launched (26 October 2017) the El Salvador Declaration of the peoples of Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Ahead of the EU-CELAC Heads of States Summit, this civil society Declaration calls on governments of Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union to:

  1. ensure the enjoyment of human rights and combat climate change in the framework of multilateral processes that contribute to socio-economic equality;
  2. foster a relationship that strengthens democracy and promotes a better balance between human rights, welfare and trade;
  3. promote equitable and cooperative bi-regional policies;
  4. promote greater space for civil society.

Please click to read the full El Salvador Declaration in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

SOLIDAR members have a long standing presence in the region, where they work to promote the full realisation of political, civil, economic and social rights through empowering and organising people and collectives at risk of exclusion, discrimination, and harassment. During the opening of the Forum, SOLIDAR stressed that future EU-LAC relations should be based on alternatives aimed at transforming the current unsustainable growth-at-any-cost economic model into a sustainable one, in line with the 2030 Agenda's motto to “leave no one behind” and to respect planetary boundaries.

To find out more about SOLIDAR’ vision for the future EU-CELAC relations, read:

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