From the 7 to 8 September, SOLIDAR* participated in the EU- CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) Civil Society Forum in San Salvador: an event jointly organised by CONCORD and Mesa de Articulación and bringing together civil society organisations (CSOs) from both regions to discuss how to ensure that the promotion and protection of human rights are at the heart of future bi-regional relations.
Ahead of the Forum, a joint CSO declaration was prepared by CONCORD and Mesa de Articulación called on the EU and CELAC Governments 1) To ensure that the respect of Human Rights and the fight against the causes and effects of climate change are the objectives and guiding principles of any regional partnerships; 2) To strengthen democracy and the promotion of a better balance between human rights, welfare and trade; 3) To promote equitable and solidary bi-regional policies; 4) To promote a greater space for civil society.
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.
Indeed 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.
Based on their work, SOLIDAR members
To find out more about CSOs’ vision for the future EU-CELAC relations, read:
*SOLIDAR’s delegation included Alianza por la Solidarid (Spain), OGBL Solidaritè Syndicale (Luxembourg), and SOLIDAR Suisse (Switzerland).