Prime Minister John Briceño attended the 6TH Summit of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Mexico City under the leadership of the Government of Mexico as the president pro tempore of CELAC. The summit aimed at addressing the commitment by developed countries to mobilize $100 billion a year in climate finance from 2020 to 2025. Leaders also renewed their assurances to the conservation and integral sustainable use of ecosystems and biodiversity, the fight against climate change, sustainable forest management and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development to guarantee the global well-being of present and future generations. In his remarks, Prime Minister Briceño highlighted Mexico’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in spearheading the development and deployment of ventilators to Belize and other CELAC countries. Briceno shared remarks of gratitude prior to leaving the country.
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “Speaking on behalf of the Government and people of Belize let me express my sincere appreciation to president Obrador and the good people of Mexico for their generous contribution. Mexico is more than our neighbor. They are for us like a big brother and through this latest donation of vaccines we will be able to get more of our people free access to vaccinations. We all know that vaccinations save lives and with forty percent of Belizeans having had at least one vaccine this will help us to get many more vaccines in arms and in so doing protect greater numbers of our people. Like Mexico, the more of our people vaccinated means that sooner rather than later we can have our children back in school and our economy opened for business and back on track. This is what this generous donation by Mexico means to us and to our people. It allows greater protection and with the opportunity for our people, especially the poorest among us, to get back to work. So from a grateful nation and people we say thank you to our great friend and neighbor Mexico for standing by us and with us at this time when the whole world is dealing with the crisis being caused by the coronavirus pandemic.”
Prime Minister Briceño reiterated Belize’s commitment to CELAC and to the country’s objectives and aspirations. He noted that Belize will continue to pursue an independent and principled foreign policy with respect for the principles of international law, with commitment to solidarity and cooperation, with due regard to the rule of law, human rights and democratic governance.