Four Latin countries seek economic and food reforms

Four Latin American countries have called for environmental and economic reforms to ensure growth in their region during the General Assembly’s annual general debate.

Ecuadorian Ambassador Francisco Carrion Mena Tuesday stressed the need for an increase in regional economic cooperation as part of “a new financial architecture capable of reducing the negative effects that our economies suffer from because of their intricate links to the international financing system.”

Carrion said regional cooperation was the first step for global economic reform, but remarked that regional initiatives need to be integrated under a new global institutional framework.

Uruguayan Vice-President Danilo Astori echoed Carrion’s remarks on the need for economic reform.

“The need to establish new regulations and global agreements has become more than apparent in recent years. We are entering a new era in international economic relations,” he said Monday.

Astori also spoke of the environment as a key factor for development, stressing that “lacking an adequate environment will limit the effect of any other development effort.”

In particular, he spoke of the importance of food security as “a fundamental component of Uruguay’s developmental agenda, as well as one of its national priorities. We remain convinced that the current critical situation is caused by structural causes that must be resolved collectively and urgently,” he said.

Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos López, echoed Astori’s remarks on the issue of food security, stating that “the global economic and financial crisis has aggravated the already serious food crisis, primarily in the impoverished countries.”

For his part, Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred P. Elrington stressed the need for the transfer of environmentally friendly technologies and funding from the international community to small island developing states that are moving towards low-carbon and no-carbon emission economies.

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