Mexico seeks to strengthen its international ties to face current global problems, specifically climate change and the war on drugs.
“We are here in Brussels with the members of the European Union to strengthen our ties so that together we can confront current major global issues,” said President Enrique Peña Nieto during the Second Meeting of the Caribbean and Latin American Countries (CELAC).
In order to combat drugs, the president said the key is the prevention of social problems that produce the illicit sale of drugs.
“With prevention, we are rebuilding and strengthening the social fabric, the cohesion of the community and giving it a sense of belonging,” he said.
Mexico will continue to urge international cooperation. It will back an initiative that will go before the General Assembly later this year.
“Only through a broad, open and inclusive debate will it be possible to evaluate the results that have been obtained in the last decades and more importantly, define an integrated focus going forward,” Peña Nieto said.
“Mexico is also committed to fighting and mitigating the effects of climate change“, he added.
“The costs of inactivity could represent up to 20 percent of the gross domestic product; 10 times more than the cost of controlling Mexican carbon dioxide emissions“, the President concluded.
Peña Nieto assured that Mexico is working arduously and diligently to meet the objectives laid out in the New Millennium Development plan and by the end of 2015, 84 percent of the objectives will have been met, he said.
Prior to the meeting, the Mexican president met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
She congratulated Peña Nieto for the June 7 election results; “which will pave the way for the reforms to continue“, she said.
Chancellor Merkel recognized Peña Nieto for adopting and implementing the structural reforms proposed by his administration.
She said the European Union continues to pay close attention to the process that is underway in Mexico because it represents a major opportunity for European investment.
Peña Nieto stressed that his administration is applying itself to develop and see the reforms through to the end with the hope that they will transform the lives of all Mexicans and others around the world.
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