Mexico Announces Plan to Address Causes of Migration in Central America

United Nations, June 19 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard, announced on Wednesday June 19th at the UN the creation of a Comprehensive Development Plan for Central America, which seeks to address the causes of migration in the area.

 

In a meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, the details of this initiative in which more than 14 agencies of the multilateral organization will participate, were presented, he told the press.

In the Mexican city of Tapachula, Chiapas, there will be a meeting Thursday between President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his Salvadoran counterpart, Nayib Bukele, who will officially begin the plan, he said.

This project was prepared by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, with the participation of the Governments of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, and aims to put into practice the idea that people should not be subjected to conditions of forced migration due to poverty or insecurity.

In fact, he stressed, they should have development options in their places of origin and that is the purpose of the plan.

Mexico will provide resources for several million dollars to the initiative, and it is expected that Spain and Germany will also support it with financing, said Ebrard.

In that sense, they are looking to invest in the Central American countries so that those who live there are not forced to migrate because of poverty, he said.

Therefore, the plan is aimed at creating immediate employment options and address problems such as the Central American dry corridor which caused one of the first forced migrations due to the consequences of climate change.

For his part, the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN, Juan Ramon de la Fuente, said that the issue of migration is a multilateral problem, which is why the UN was involved in the development plan for the Central American zone.

In addition, he noted, in the dialogues with the UN Secretary General, the approach emerged that it is convenient to have a special representative of the multilateral organization to help coordinate actions on the ground.



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