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OAS and Mexico Governors to Cooperate on Local Government Issues

  June 20, 2017

OAS and Mexico Governors to Cooperate on Local Government Issues
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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the National Conference of Governors (Conago) of Mexico are to join efforts to promote local government cooperation among the countries of the Hemisphere.

The cooperation will cover human rights, democracy, education, and social inclusion, among other areas, under an agreement signed today during the 47th session of the OAS General Assembly, in Cancun, Mexico.

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro signed the document with the head of Government of Mexico City and President of Conago, Miguel Angel Mancera.

Secretary General Almagro stressed that it was important “for us to work at all levels of government if we are to give this cooperation substance, especially with governments at the subnational and local levels, which represent the first contact citizens have with democracy.”

Governor Mancera noted, meanwhile, that this agreement addresses the need for “the Americas to stand united. Together we can fight any cancer that poses a threat to our people.”
Areas of cooperation covered by the agreement include human rights, security, governance, democracy, education, children, youth, social equity, economic development, competitiveness, and disaster and risk management.

Mexico’s Secretary for Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray, Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquín González, and Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich were among those in attendance at the signing ceremony.

Reference: FNE-21873