Prepared by ECLAC for the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union (EU), (Brussels, 10-11 June 2015)
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ECLAC fully shares this vision, along with the belief that we must adhere to the strategy of driving structural change for equality, as encapsulated by the maxim of “growth for equality and equality for growth”, if we are to complete the task of building prosperous, cohesive and sustainable societies.
The policy dialogue between the most representative institutions of European and Latin American and Caribbean countries will address a full agenda of biregional and global issues and presents an opportunity to emphasize the importance of cooperation between the European Union and CELAC, considering the pace and complexity of ongoing technological, economic, social, environmental and cultural changes. It will also be an opportune moment for strengthening the shared values of both regions.
We are certain that this dialogue will lead to citizen-oriented initiatives designed to foster innovation for sustainable growth, ensure quality education for all, guarantee security and combat climate change. Part of this document was prepared on the basis of valuable inputs received from cooperation projects with Europe, notably “@LIS 2 - Inclusive political dialogue and exchange of experiences” (a project carried out jointly by ECLAC and the Alliance for the Information Society) and the EUROCLIMA programme, both co-financed by the European Commission, as well as “Innovations for sustainable structural change”, a project co-financed by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).
Relations between the two regions exist in a rapidly changing international context, characterized by a technology revolution, the globalization of consumption patterns, the reorganization of the world economy into large blocs —with Asian economies playing a more prominent role— and growing environmental pressures. Against this backdrop of shifting circumstances, bilateral relations must respond to new challenges and opportunities.