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Semana Nacional de Migración 2011

25 Oct

Con la presencia del Presidente de la República Mexicana el Lic. Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, la Lic. Margarita Zavala Gómez del Campo, El Secretario de Gobernación Francisco Blake Mora, entre otras personalidades del medio de la política mexicana, el 17 de octubre se dio por iniciada la semana nacional de migración 2011, cuyo tema central fue: “Los Derechos humanos del migrante niños, niñas y adolescentes no acompañados”.

La sociedad civil tuvo especial participación en este esfuerzo, compartiendo espacios con instituciones gubernamentales abordando temas de derechos humanos universales y análisis normativos en materia de migración en México, refugiados y derechos humanos de los migrantes.

La Fundación Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT) como actor relevante en la agenda binacional entre México y Estados Unidos fue invitado especial del Gobierno de México, teniendo presencia en la Ceremonia de Inauguración, en las conferencias magistrales y en una Reunión Privada con la Lic. Margarita Zavala quien convocó a 10 organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil para trabajar con ella en una agenda común a favor de los migrantes y de la región, asuntos que sonde interés medular para el desarrollo de los objetivos de la fundación como lo fueron: Derecho del migrante a la identidad, Derecho al voto: los mexicanos residentes en el extranjero, Derecho a la educación.

El segundo día de actividades MATT se hizo presente en la premiación de del 1er concurso de tesis sobre migración internacional 2011, la Directora en México Laura Ballesteros Mancilla, en representación de Aracely García Granados, compartió presídium con la Lic. Margarita Zavala, Presidenta Nacional del DIF, El comisionado del Instituto Nacional de Migración el Dr. Salvador Beltrán del Río, el Mtro. Javier Díaz de León Director ejecutivo del Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior, se le entregó el premio por su tesis de maestría al Mtro. Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa quien fue elegido por el comité dictaminador de este concurso como el máximo ganador con la tesis de título “De la repatriación de cadáveres al voto extraterritorial. Política de emigración y gobiernos estatales en el centro occidente de México”.

La Mtra. Ballesteros Mancilla resaltó la labor que de manera conjunta se ha venido realizando con el Instituto Nacional de Migración, con el IME y demás dependencias de gobierno que apoyan a que el Programa Yo soy México sea posible, de igual manera agradeció a la Presidenta Nacional del DIF por emprender la tarea de redefinir las políticas públicas en materia de migración.

En el tercer y último día, en la reunión privada con la Lic. Margarita Zavala y 10 Organizaciones de la sociedad civil, entre las presentes se encontraban Ashoka, Caminos Posibles, Fundación BBVA, Fundación KELLOGG, la Fundación Apple Seeds, la Universidad Intercontinental, el Tecnológico de Monterrey, entre otras.

Para MATT fue una semana de mucha proyección, debido a la vinculación que se hizo con altos funcionarios de gobierno, con organizaciones de la sociedad civil y demás órganos estatales y municipales que están interesados en colaborar de manera conjunta con las fundación, fue una semana de logros y éxitos cosechados, toda vez que la apertura de foros públicos que se logró de un universo de cientos de ONG´s en México MATT tiene la fortuna de estar en el primer círculo de estas Organizaciones que de manera conjunta con el gobierno de México abordaran en los próximos meses el tema migratorio y de la cual han sido reconocidos sus programas y trabajo que se ha venido realizando.

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President Calderon’s visit to the United Nations and New York

7 Oct

President Calderon Addresses the United Nations in New York

Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico, convened with other world leaders at the 66th General Assembly Session of the United Nations, in a time in which Mexico is plagued with violence in some regions by powerful Drug Cartels. President Calderon addressed at the General Assembly of the UN revolved around three main issues that are currently top priorities for members of the international community. Calderon stated that the United Nations must maintain its relevancy as an avenue from which world leaders can move forward to address and eradicate poverty, climate change, and international crime. These three issues are what Calderon stated to be some of the main factors that hinder the development of numerous countries throughout the world and jeopardize the legitimacy of governments. In addition, to his request for the international community to address these issues more aggressively, Calderon condemned the lack of leadership at the international level on behalf of countries with high consumption of drugs, such as the United States. This is not the first time President Calderon has condemned the United States for its lack of gun control laws and its lack of initiative to implement public policy to eradicate drug use and or create an “alternative market” from which the astronomical profits currently enjoyed by the Drug Cartels can be reduced. President Calderon also received the Gold Insigne Award, in a Gala organized by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, in which MATT participated as a special invite of the Council of the Americas; MATT was able to share our perspectives on the bi-national agenda with important guests such as, Claudia Palacios of CNN, Alejandro Ramírez CEO of Cinepolis, and Margarita Zavala Mexico´s First Lady. In this Gala the President talked about the importance of the integration, not isolation, of Mexicans into the American community and, mentioned that through the integration of the Mexican community, the United States could gain a more educated population. It was really interesting to listen to Calderon’s speech, because it  helps MATT, a bi-national organization, understand that the new Mexican Government’s vision corresponds with MATT’s mission, after three years of hard work directed towards advocacy in Mexico.  MATT works with issues pertaining to the integration and the education of the Mexican community on both sides of the border.  Calderon concluded his UN visit by participating in the general debate of the General Assembly on: The Role of Mediation in Conflict Solution by Pacific Means. Earlier in the week prior to his visit to the UN, Calderon was recognized and awarded the highest award given to a head of state by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas for his promotion of culture, politics, social and economic development in the Western Hemisphere. Nevertheless, Calderon addressed and condemned the United State’s high consumption and demand for drugs, which he largely blames for Mexico’s current woes making this a revolving theme. Calderon’s visit to the US concluded with a visit to Los Angeles, California in which he met with members of the Mexican community and he was also in attendance of a special screening of The Royal Tour, a documentary about Mexico.

Powerful New Latin American “Pacific Alliance” Formed

6 May

by Carlos Arredondo @ MATT.org

What could be a landmark agreement in Latin American economic history was signed last Thursday in the Golden Hall of the Governmental Palace of Lima, Peru’s capital. The Lima Declaration, or Pacific Alliance, was signed by the presidents of four Latin American countries that attended and who presently make up the accord: Mexico, Columbia, Chile and Peru. This comes just less than a month after Peru and Mexico signed a bi-lateral free trade agreement. While it was no secret that Peru’s agenda was to eventually create a larger alliance with multiple countries, the process has been perhaps speedier than expected. The Pacific Alliance agreement will supplant and augment a host of other bilateral pacts that the four countries currently share with each other, including the one Mexico just signed. One of its initial goals is to extend all the benefits of the existing bilateral trade agreements to all its own members, even while a strong emphasis of the agreement is to cultivate trading relationship with Asia.

            The purported purpose of the Pacific Alliance is to create a framework for deep integration in the region increasing economic competitiveness, and advancing a free market for the flow of goods, services, capital and labor, and to strengthen trade links with the Asia-Pacific region. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said that it would not only liberalize trade in goods but trade in services and ease the movement of investment capital and financial integration. The nations’ leaders agreed that in its first stage the Pacific Alliance would prioritize people and business by focusing on better migration facilities, easing immigration and custom procedures, and ensuring police cooperation. Additionally, the agreement presents the possibility of integrating stock exchanges as well. The four presidents decided that they would hold their next meeting in Mexico in December to evaluate and assess progress of the integration as well as to continue building upon the bilateral free trade deals already in place. It is not final yet either that these are the only four countries that will form the Pacific Alliance as Panama and Ecuador are already potential candidates to join, Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos said that its members will “welcome those countries that wish to join this process.”
            The four leaders said that this trade alliance would make the largest trading zone in Latin America, surpassing Mercosur, the common market of Brazil, Argentinea, Uruguay and Paraguay. Calderon said that the four economies have a total combined value of $872 billion compared to Mercosur’s $543 billion, and that their combined exports of $443 billion also well exceed Mercosur’s $282 billion. But he added that the bloc would not be “just the sum of our exports and imports, it is a synergy of competitiveness.” Even though Peru, Mexico, Chile and Columbia combined represent 55% of Latin American exports and 35% of the continent’s GDP. Peruvian President Alan Garcia said, “Our four nations, and Panama in the near future, represent 200 million people. Our countries account for 55 percent of Latin American exports… This is not a romantic integration, a poetic integration. It is a realistic integration with the world and to the world.” Trade experts say that the Pacific Alliance could progress more rapidly than existing regional trade blocs like Mercosur that have been around for years but made few advances in eliminating barriers to trade. “Of the many integration projects in Latin America, this agreement has a better chance of success,” said Carlos Aquino director of economic studies at San Marcos University in Lima, “The four countries are stable democracies with open economies.” All four nations have leaders that are proponents of free-market systems, which may be in contrast to Mercosur.
            The Pacific Alliance is significant even though each of the four countries already have trade deals with the United States. The US has lost some of its appeal as a trade partner due to the recent recession in its economy. Additionally, forecasts like the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF)  prediction that China’s economy will outgrow the US as the dominant world economy by as early as 2016 don’t help either. Mexico, who sends nearly 80% of its exports northward to the US, found out how quickly the climate of its economy can change when an overwhelming majority of the demands on its exports are tied to one country. President Garcia was probably keen to this when he said “We firmly believe that the best way to face the global crisis and assure development, employment and justice is the integration and complementing of our economies and visions for the future.”
            Garcia also said, “What we are starting here, even though we won’t be here in the government going forward, will mean a decisive step forward for the true integration that we have all dreamed of”…“This is a decisive and historic step toward the modernization of our continent and toward the social development and justice for our people.”