Esteemed President Luis Guillermo Solís;
Esteemed Heads of State or Government of Latin America and the Caribbean;
Esteemed Heads of delegations and guests;
Ever since the inception of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Our America has entered a new stage and advanced toward independence; sovereignty over our natural resources; integration and construction of a new world order; and, social justice and democracy of the people, by the people and for the people. There is a stronger commitment to justice and the rights of the peoples today than in any other historical period.