Bolivian Ambassador Sebastián Michel presents his Copies of Credentials to Foreign Minister Arreaza

This Thursday, the designated ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Sebastián Michel, presented his Copies of Credentials to the People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, as part of the diplomatic accreditation process before the Latin American country.

With a floral offering Caracas commemorates the 62nd anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution

The accredited Embassy of the Republic of Cuba to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on the occasion of commemorating the sixty second anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, made a floral offering on Thursday before the sarcophagus that holds the mortal remains of the Liberator and Father of the Homeland, Simón Bolívar, in the National Pantheon.

Vice-minister Rodríguez: We are living a battle between multipolarity and unipolarity

This Thursday, the Vice-minister for Multilateral Issues of the People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations, Daniela Rodríguez, along with officials and international authorities participated in the Fourth Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean of the Cepal.

President Maduro warns that controversy over Essequibo territory became a target of imperialism

During the presentation of his Annual Message to the Nation, from the Federal Legislative Palace, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, denounced that the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom conspired to support the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in the controversy over the Essequibo territory, which “is ours and we will defend it before any international instance.”

Foreign Minister Arreaza congratulates the session of the Bolívar Legislative Council that claims Venezuela’s sovereignty over Guayana Esequiba

The People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, greeted and congratulated as an “act of sovereign vindication of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela towards Guayana Esequiba” the session that the Legislative Council of Bolívar state held on Monday, January 11, the first in 2021, in the San Martín de Turumbang indigenous community, bordering that area in territorial dispute with the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.

ECLAC calls for international solidarity, universal distribution of vaccine against COVID-19

“We must move forward with sustainability to build a future with more equality, solidarity and international cooperation (…) Cooperation plays an important role to move forward with sustainable solutions,” said on Tuesday Alicia Bárcena, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in her statement at the XII Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Bárcena called for international solidarity in the universal distribution of the vaccine and to think long term to correct the region’s structural problems.

“We cannot accept the hoarding of vaccines by developed countries, which, at the bilateral level, are purchasing all the vaccines and leaving out Covax,” stressed the UN high-ranking official, referring to inconveniences in the campaign of the Covax international mechanism proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to vaccinate people in low-, middle-income countries against COVID-19.

“In such a complex time, the State’s irreplaceable importance is revealed. The threat we face cannot be solved by markets. It demands state-run goods and services, the safeguard of the collective good, and articulated actions. We need transformative leaderships,” said the ECLAC executive secretary.

In her statement, Bárcenas also said the countries have the opportunity to build a new future by promoting social protection and universal health, examining their own limitations, correcting mistakes, changing behavior patterns, broadening and renewing their political coalitions for a transformative recovery.

Likewise, she recalled that COVID-19 hit a region already beset with structural problems such as lack of real competitiveness, foreign restrictions, growing inequality, rising carbon dioxide emissions and the destruction of biodiversity and ecosystems.

“The world community will have to face the fact that globalization did not work as promised, and that it must be reformed. The costs of inequality have become unsustainable,” added Bárcenas.

Bárcenas urged to “combat the culture of privileges, an inheritance of colonial remains,” and to strengthen multilateralism through global, regional and domestic pacts.

“We need international cooperation and to forge political and fiscal pacts to lay the foundations for a universal welfare State in Latin America and the Caribbean,” she said.

The ECLAC executive secretary remarked that the pandemic is causing the greatest economic recession of the last 100 years, with a fall of -7.7% in regional GDP, as well as widespread increases of poverty and inequality.