Striking Headquarters of UNASUR Inaugurated in Ecuador
The official UNASUR headquarters was inaugurated with fanfare next to the Middle of the World monument outside of Quito.
Presidents, delegates, representatives from social organizations and citizens from across the region celebrated the inauguration of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) headquarters next to the Middle of the World monument outside of Quito on Friday.
Heads of state of the 12 member states toured the unique and avant-garde building and participated in private meetings. The building was designed by Ecuadorean architect Diego Guayasamin, the grandson of renowned artist Oswaldo Guayasamin.
The striking structure is named after the late former president of Argentina Nestor Kirchner, who was the first secretary general of the regional body.
"This building is not for the presidents who are here today and those who will follow us. This building is destined for future generations, for the youth of UNASUR. To these thousands and thousands of young people that have started to become involved in politics, like how my life companion and I began at a very young age," said President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez to crowds at the act in front of the headquarters.
President Cristina Fernandez presided over the unveiling of her late husband's statue at the entrance of the headquarters, and balloons representing each member state were released as part of the emotional ceremony.
President of Ecuador Rafael Correa told the audience, "In UNASUR, we are 400 million 400 thousand people in 17 million square kilometers. By only uniting, we could be the 4th largest economy in the world, with 6 percent of the gross domestic product in the world. A third of the world's fresh water on the planet, and first in food production, and hydrocarbon reserves for the next 100 years."
Secretary general of the body and former president of Colombia Ernesto Samper, President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez and President Rafael Correa of Ecuador spoke to those attending the event of the need for continued cooperation and integration, to achieve a second Latin American independence.
The recently discovered Jamaica Letter was presented at the event. Written by the Latin American liberation leader Simon Bolivar on September 6, 1815, the letter speaks of the regional unity that this group of nations is today seeking to achieve. Musical presentations of member countries followed the declarations made by presidents for the enjoyment of attendees.
UNASUR became the official body of South American regional integration on May 23, 2008 in Brasilia, with the signing of the Constitutive Treaty of the South American Union of Nations. Member states include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. The pro tempore presidency of the body is currently being held by Uruguay.
Half of the World, Ecuador, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) From Half of the World the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) is projected to the planet, affirmed today here the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, and affirmed that the process of regional integration is already irreversible.
At the openning of the summit of heads of state with which the new head office of the block is inaugurated in this locality of the north of Quito, he considered that it is an historical appointment celebrated in a symbolic place, the latitude zero of the globe that marks the center of the planet.
Here the ancestral peoples were adoring the god Sol and celebrated its harvests, while today, from the same place, we are constructing the big and new homeland, a homeland for all, he indicated.
Before initiating the private dialogue of the chiefs of states, Correa highlighted that Unasur hoists the highest humanist values like the peace, the solidarity, the justice, the sovereignty and the efforts directed to the construction of the good living for the citizens.
"UNASUR raise up as a power, but as a peaceful power", said, and he added that the region must solve in peace all its internal conflicts and look for the solution of the basic needs of the peoples.
In this sense, the head of state considered that the real peace can only be sustained in justice, and nevertheless, the area still the most unequal of the planet.
Likewise, he estimated like a challenge to obtain the regional energy integration, and qualified of urgent that the financial resources of South America stop financing the first world and return to consolidate here the endogenous development.
Correa urged to work so that in the future the develpopment of the area do not depend exclusively on the natural resources, but on the human talent, which is an infinite resource.
Regarding the UNASUR functioning, he ratified the need to check some questions for example; to take decisions is necessary the unanimous and not majority approval of the integral countries.
In accordance with the president, it makes difficult the aptitude to advance and for that reason it is necessary to check, for the sake of being more efficient and achieving concrete actions in favor of the peoples.
He added that the new head office is a 20 thousand square meters avant-garde building, that will allow to make the work of the organization viable and facilitate the contacts.
After the private meeting, there is foreseen the presentation of a statue of the deceased Argentine former president Néstor Kirchner, who was the first General Secretary of UNASUR and also it will name by the new building.
Also, the version of the Letter of Jamaica will be presented in Spanish, recently found here, a document written in the XIX century by the worthy Simón Bolívar and considered essential for the independence and the Latin American integration.
Ecuador's Correa Proposes a Regional Currency
The South American president has put forward an initiative for a continent-wide sovereign currency at UNASUR as a way of offering a common front against capitalist threats.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa wants to ramp up regional growth through the implementation of a new financial scheme for the region which includes a common currency.
During the seventh Heads of State of the South American Nations Union (UNASUR) inauguration, President Correa proposed the creation of a regional currency to be used by the 500 million people living in the resource rich continent, which he said had enough resources at least for the following century.
“Together we will set conditions for international capital, that’s why we need a regional arbitration on the subject,” said Correa.
He also assured that a sovereign arbitration dispute settlement process with foreign companies in UNASUR is the best way to avoid the international capital threats.
“A United Latin America (Gran Patria) is not a dream anymore, but the only way to reach our independence,” said Correa.
He added that, “Globalization is only after the creation of global level markets that further criminalize world population.”
Correa also spoke of the neo-colonialism of the United States, which Latin America could counter.
“The coalition of our nations will be the answer to the capitalist actions that keep hurting big and small,” he pointed out.
Previous to the inauguration of the UNASUR headquarters named after former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, Correa insisted on investing on regional human talent.
“We must bet on what is ours, and stay away from what is foreign,” Correa added.