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Varela opens agenda at the UN General Assembly

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 19:48

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela participated at the Summit for Peace "Nelson Mandela, as part of his agenda in New York City." During his speech, the President said that the Isthmus renews the commitment to promote peace, "Panama as a multiethnic and pluricultural country respectful of diversity and tolerance believes faithfully in the capacity of countries should be put in favor of solving the problems in our lives and not those we create. In the current global situation where war and conflicts are one of the main causes of mass migrations, whose mourning and pain have been witnessed by Panama, championing and strengthening the principles of non-violence are a must".

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela traveled to New York on Saturday, where he will attend the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations, hold meetings with various leaders and participate in various meetings with banks, universities and risk agencies, the Foreign Ministry reported today.

Varela will intervene with the UN on September 26, and during his trip will be accompanied by the first lady, Lorena Castillo; the vice president and chancellor, Isabel de Saint Malo; and the Minister of Health, Miguel Mayo, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry released on Sunday.

During the world meeting, the Panamanian president will meet with the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Japan, Cuba, Paraguay and Croatia.

He will also meet with the Secretary of State Relations of the Holy See, Richard Gallagher, and Archbishop of New York, Timothy M. Dolan, "to talk about the World Youth Day, to be held in Panama in January 2019," said the Foreign Ministry.

The president will also inaugurate in the framework of the General Assembly an event in which the country will present the benefits of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (IPM), a tool that complements traditional income-based measures by capturing the severe deprivations to assess poverty.

Varela will also attend an event "offered in your honor" by the Council of the Americas, and will participate in the Business Leaders Forum of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), said the official statement without specifying dates.

On September 27, the Panamanian president will attend a meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, will meet with Harvard University president Larry Bacow and will give a conference at that center entitled "The case of Panama: the transformation of public life and politics".

The Panamanian president's New York agenda, which will return to Panama on September 30, will close with a meeting with risk rating agencies and banks that have correspondents in the Central American country.

The first lady, meanwhile, will meet with her counterparts from Ecuador, Colombia, Canada and Paraguay, and will attend various events "focused on guaranteeing the full exercise of children's rights, the elimination of child labor, the empowerment of women and the promotion of human rights," the Foreign Ministry added without further details.



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Varela gets thumbs down for UN gaff

Varela blew chance to shine
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PANAMA President Juan Carlos Varela has taken a hammering  in local media and on social networks after  his speech  at  the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, September 26 when he failed to mention Omar Torrijos  who,  with US President Jimmy Carter signed  the Canal Treaty, which led to  the handing over of the Canal at the start of the 21st Century. His thanks were reserved for Carter while Torrijos, father of former President Martin Torrijos was ignored.

Carter and Torrijos at the Sep 7 1977 signing

Taking a lead from President Trump, Varela bragged of his achievements claiming full prosperity and the reduction of crime. “Panama is a different country from the one I received in 2014”, was one of the phrases which riled local talking heads.

According to the president, insecurity has been reduced in the country by 50%,  while the economic capacity of communities has been increased.



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