The head of State was speaking at the 25.Th Ibero-American Summit, in Cartagena de Indias, in Colombia, in the presence of the secretary-general of the United Nations designated, António Guterres, who previously also made an intervention, but that was closed to the media.
At the beginning of his speech, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa alluded to the peace process in Colombia and said that Cartagena feels “the spirit of peace” and that “this summit takes place under this spirit, the internal and external”.
Then, he added that “peace means dialogue internal and external, that is to say tolerance, I mean respect for human rights, respect for democracy that are fundamental realities of the spirit ibero-american”.
then, you quoted António Guterres: “As I said very well the secretary-general of the United Nations, this spirit is essential in the affirmation of this community.”
the President of The Republic reinforced this message more to the front, stating that it is important to the ibero-american community “thinking in organizations” and “think employment”, but “do not forget the social justice”, nor “the civic and political participation” and “not to forget the values.”
“The youth of our community are the guarantee of our future, if they bet in peace, in democracy, the rule of law, human rights, humanism, respect of the dignity of the people”, he defended.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa welcomed the “pact for youth”, one of the documents of this summit, but stated that one cannot “forget the childhood”.
“at a time when 59% of the world’s population has less than 35 years, two-thirds of ibero-americans for the first time come to the university, where they have not reached their parents and grandparents, and half are women, there is a moment of turning, which is a big challenge. The challenge is to project the spirit of Cartagena in the next summits, in the future of the community”, and considered it.
in This speech, which lasted about six minutes, the President of the Republic asked the “promotion of the two languages of this community”, leaving a message to the countries of castilian language: “Portugal has done what it can to foster the most spoken language of the community, and naturally expects neighbouring countries to do the same in relation to the Portuguese.”
With António Guterres to listen to him, the head of State stressed once more his election: “I salientaria the joy that it is to the world, ibero-american, 25 years after the expiry of the mandate of Pérez de Cuéllar, to have an ibero-american secretary-general of the United Nations”.