Wednesday, 23 January 2013 22:06
ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena makes recommendation ahead of CELAC-EU summit.
As the heads of states from dozens of countries from around the world arrive in Chile for the CELAC-EU conference, the United Nations is calling on leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and the European Union to create a more balanced relationship.
“We must build a more symmetrical, balanced and equal relationship with Europe,” said Alicia Bárcena, the United Nations Executive Secretary for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
In a conference on Tuesday, Bárcena urged LAC countries to deepen their relationships with the EU nations in order to strengthen their social and economic conditions.
Citing the U.N. study “The European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean: Investment Growth, Social Inclusion, and Environmental Sustainability,” Bárcena said a key aspect of strengthening the relationship is foreign investment in CELAC nations.
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