The Ibero-American heads of state and government gave the go-ahead to reforming their until-now annual summits, which starting in 2014 will be held every two years, and the restructuring of their coordinating committee, the Ibero-American General Secretariat, or SEGIB.
The changes are set forth in three documents: the Declaration of Panama, the Plan of Action, and the Resolution on Reforming the Ibero-American Conference.
Also approved were 14 special communiques, including one backing the Colombian government's negotiations with the FARC guerrillas, added at the last minute.
Renewed support was also given to Argentina in its conflict with Britain over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands, for lifting the U.S. embargo on Cuba, for the use of the Spanish language in multilateral forums, and several more dealing with chewing coca, the right to water and the stand against terrorism.
The Declaration of Panama lists a series of the leaders' commitments to 33 points, starting with the "will to expand the discussion on the scope of the Ibero-American Conference."
The Plan of Action refers to a series of SEGIB duties that include launching a number of projects in the coming months such as the preparation of a Digital Culture Agenda for Ibero-America and the creation of "a virtual portal/platform of informal education, open and free," in collaboration with online universities.
This initiative will be submitted for approval at the next summit, to be held in 2014 in Veracruz, Mexico.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said Saturday that the central theme of the next summit will be higher education in the Ibero-American region. EFE