During the 7th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) held recently in Havana, the Caribbean community ratified peace, integration, climate change and its consequences, and sustainable development as the focus of its common interests and key goals.
These and other topics were addressed by regional representatives during the June 2-4 summit held in the Cuban capital, with a view to agreeing on common strategies and objectives.
At the closing the summit of the ACS Heads of State and Government, Cuban President Raúl Castro said that the debates had highlighted the necessity to address key issues for the Caribbean region.
This, the president noted, is essential to maintain progress in terms of integration and cooperation, given that these principles depend on the governments ’political will and the common priorities for development ratified in the documents and decisions agreed by the ACS Summit.
Among these documents is the Havana Declaration, which ratifies the validity of the Association’s founding principles as a mechanism for agreementand the adoption of common stances between the Caribbean states, countries and territories.
The declaration also recognizes the challenges and threats faced by the region, and reiterates that the countries have a duty to build just societies.
The document also reiterates the commitment to promote and protect universal human rights, and the goal of eradicating hunger and poverty.
The declaration also reiterates the bloc rejection of racism, all forms of discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance in the Caribbean and the rest of the world.
It similarly contains a common position on current political and economic issues such as the rejection of the economic blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States, the illegal occupation of Cuban territory in Guantánamo and the interference in the internal affairs of ACS member countries like Venezuela.
In this regard, the ASC member countries called for an effective dialogue between the Venezuelan government and the opposition to promote political stability, social development and economic recovery.
Meanwhile, the bloc’s Plan of Action for the coming three years contains concrete initiatives agreed by the permanent and associate members in a number of top priority issues, with the common objective of fostering sustainable development.
These actions include commitments to establish and consolidate the Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Zone, an increased transport capacity and regional interconnection, and the fight against climate change and the reduction of its consequences.Share on FB Share on TT