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  September 27, 2005

The Ministers of Labor from the 34 member countries of the Organization of the American States (OAS), today closed a two-day conference in Mexico City, committing to continue efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and to promote social development and democratic governance in the hemisphere.

“Decent Work is fundamental for human development. In a globalization that takes the human dimension into account, a policy involving government, private sector and society is necessary in an effort of shared responsibility to create decent work,” established the ministers in the Declaration of Mexico, approved during the meeting.

Mexican President, Vicente Fox, pointed out that the consensuses reached at the 14th Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor, will “positively” influence the dialogue that the region’s leaders will hold at the next Summit of the Americas, in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on November.

“It is of high-priority that we guarantee political, economic and social stability”, emphasized Fox speaking at the conference that focused on the employment crisis that prevails in Latin America. “The worker’s and the population’s well-being, is a task that requires strengthening democratic institutions; efficient political policies; economic growth; and a solid economic stability,” added the President.

OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza said that the Declaration and Plan of Action approved by the ministers “will become, along with the mandates that stem from the Summit of Mar del Plata, a blueprint to confront the challenge of creating decent jobs for the citizens of the Americas.”

The Summit’s theme will be “Creating Jobs to Fight Poverty and Strengthen Democratic Governance.”

Reference: E-217/05