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OAS and Mexican State of Chihuahua to Collaborate on Promoting Integral Development

  May 26, 2011

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of the Mexican state of Chihuahua will collaborate on programs, projects, and initiatives on different fronts related to the promotion of integral development, according to an agreement signed today by the Secretary General of the hemispheric Organization, José Miguel Insulza, and the Governor of Chihuahua, César Horacio Duarte.

Among other priority issues part of the agreement are procedures, mechanisms, instruments, and initiatives on matters of security, human rights, childhood, women, youth, migration, social development, and economic development.

During a signing ceremony held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, Secretary General Insulza remarked that the agreement provides “a framework for cooperation that does not limit the things we can do together,” and named some of the relevant issues on which collaboration is expected: on social issues, education, childhood and youth, as well as gender issues and matters related to economic development and trade, migration and security.

The head of the OAS also said he hopes the agreement will become “an example for the work we conduct in other countries with other regions on very different issues,” especially since Chihuahua, if only because of its size—it is the largest state in Mexico—represents an important partner and collaborator to the Organization.

For his part, the Governor of Chihuahua recalled that “the more and more complex times we live in now show the extraordinary need for unity among countries in support of peace, education, and basic services that our peoples deserve.” The Mexican authority also remarked on the benefit of the agreement to Chihuahua in particular, a region that faces “phenomena that today are not just regional problems but continental ones,” such as drug trafficking and migration.

Therefore, he said, “to us the relationship, communication, strength and especially the support from all countries is strategic in achieving an improved and better quality of life, and for regaining peace and order.” “To us the signing of this agreement is not just another document,” he added, but reiterated that his government will seek “to take advantage of the great strength of this Organization in benefit of a people that today needs solidarity.”

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-691/11