Closing Ceremony of ODCA Leaders’ Conference

Mexico City, 11 October 2011. President Felipe Calderón led the closing ceremony of the leader’s conference organized by the Christian Democrats’ Organization of America (ODCA).
The president reflected on the main challenges faced by humanistic governments nowadays: The preservation of democracy, the international financial crisis, poverty and climate change.
At the beginning, the president said that democracy is a system of life and government that is ideal but reversible. He stressed that the challenge is to maintain it, while preserving human rights. He then explained his view of the international economic outlook, adding that the lack of responsibility and ethics have complicated the economic circumstances of certain nations.

Economic humanism, said the president, promotes an efficient, modern, fair economy in the redistribution of income and opportunities, forcing governments to act sensibly, without spending more resources than they have.
He said that, despite the global crisis, his government has spent responsibly, investing in: Infrastructure, with over 100 new universities; education, with universal elementary education coverage, health, an area in which Mexico is about to achieve universal coverage; policies for alleviating poverty, with programs such as Oportunidades and lastly, combating climate change, with the goal of reducing emissions and programs such as Sustainable Light and Payment for Environmental Services. He declared that, by taking the humanistic principle of responsible ethics, decisions have been taken that balance the benefits for current and future generations.
Lastly, the president said that there are three challenges in which humanistic politicians must concentrate their efforts: political congruence, the value of efficacy and the capacity to translate principles and values- The president therefore concluded that it is possible to achieve the ideal government for Mexico: political humanism.