Minutes after Mexico’s new president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was sworn in on Saturday, he and the leaders of three Central American states signed a declaration to cut the number of people fleeing their countries for a better life abroad.
Lopez Obrador, who is the country’s first leftist president in 70 years, agreed with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to tackle deep poverty and other emigration push factors from their respective nations.
The Integral Development Plan, with the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, aims to create a fund to boost jobs and welfare.
Lopez Obrador won a landslide victory in July on a promise to put Mexico’s poor at the top of his agenda.
Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard tweeted images of the signing of the development plan.