Posted 31 March, 2014 by-Ministry of Culture and Sports in News

The President's Cabinet installed Indigenous and Intercultural


Cabinet is expected to be transformed into a collective effort, to consolidate an intercultural society, who cares about developing the potential of every Guatemalan and Guatemalan, regardless of cultural differences.

Today, in a ceremony and national significance, and President Otto Perez Molina, Cabinet installed the Indigenous Peoples and Intercultural, under the 19 anniversary of the signing of the Agreement on Identity and Rights of Indigenous Peoples, occurred 31 March 1995, in Mexico DF.

The Cabinet was created with the Government Decision 117-2014, published this 28 March in the Official Journal; a casi 30 years of the National Constituent Assembly, recognized the ethnic diversity of our Nation, and the need to build a multicultural society, recognize, respect and promote different cultures; capturing it in articles 58 and 66 of the Constitution of the Republic.

Although there have been significant institutional developments, as the Academy of Mayan Languages, Indigenous Development Fund, the Presidential Commission against Racism and Discrimination, the Defence of Indigenous Women, System Development Councils, the Municipal Code, and public policies that contain some cultural relevance; much remains to be done in the context of the Democratic State, Participatory and Plural, we aspire Guatemalans.

In his speech, President Pérez Molina recognized that although diversity is the greatest wealth of the country, Guatemala is a nation where economic inequalities, social, are deep political and cultural; and poverty and extreme poverty is concentrated mainly in areas inhabited by indigenous peoples. For that reason, highlighted the president, it is urgent, inclusion and participation of the peoples that make up the Guatemalan nation from the perspective of unity in diversity; allowing the peaceful co-existence and achieve well-being for all people in the country.

The interculturality, said the President, is much more than the recognition or the coexistence of different cultures; It is a deliberate and conscious effort to overcome prejudices, racism, discrimination and inequalities that still exist in the country.

Guatemalan history has inherited us a culturally diverse society, territorial, linguistic and social, to be our strength as a nation and not a weakness and disunity pretext. We must understand the other, have us respect and tolerance for different worldviews, practices and customs that were not integrated into Western culture, vice versa. We through peaceful coexistence and freedom, commence the reconciliation civilizing.

With the installation of the Office of Indigenous Peoples and Intercultural, the president honored the commitment made in the 2013, on the occasion of the commemoration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People, when he announced the creation of the Cabinet, as space to reinvigorate the Agreement on Identity and Rights of Indigenous Peoples and promote the progressive achievement of political rights, social, economic, cultural and spiritual of All Nations, as the basis for a new coexistence that reflects the diversity of our Nation.

Cabinet Integration

Given its importance, President of the Republic, the decision to chair the Cabinet of Indigenous Peoples and Intercultural, and integrates it, dependencies not only identified as "indigenous institutions"; but also to those who engage in providing essential services, those governing environmental issues and land, as well as administering the subsoil and natural resources, it being integrated as follows:

  • The President of the Republic, who presides, may delegate this function to the Vice President;
  • The Minister of Culture and Sports;
  • The Minister of Labour and Social Welfare;
  • The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food
  • The Minister of Finance;
  • The Minister of Education;
  • The Minister of Energy and Mines;
  • The Minister of Environment and Natural Resources
  • The Minister of Public Health and Social Assistance;
  • The Minister of Social Development
  • The Executive Secretary of Coordination of the Presidency of the Republic;
  • The Secretary of Agrarian Affairs;
  • The Secretary of Planning and Programming of the Presidency of the Republic;
  • The Secretary of the Peace of the Presidency of the Republic;
  • The Executive Secretary of the National Council of Protected Areas;
  • The Coordinator of the Presidential Commission of the National Dialogue;
  • The Ombudsman for Indigenous Women;
  • The Executive Director of the Guatemalan Indigenous Development Fund
  • The Representative of the Academy of Mayan Languages ​​of Guatemala;
  • The Manager of the National Institute of Public Administration
  • The General Coordinator of the National Council for the implementation of the Peace Accords;
  • The Coordinating Commissioner of the Presidential Commission against Discrimination and Racism against Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala.
  • A representative of the National Council of Urban and Rural Development for each of the Maya peoples, Garífuna y Xinka.

Purpose Cabinet

The Office of Indigenous Peoples and Intercultural, is created as a consultative and deliberative high-level, it depends on the Presidency of the Republic, whose purpose is to coordinate the formulation and management of actions and policies, being President al presentadas, for all actions of public bodies, You are endowed with cultural relevance according to the diversity of the Guatemalan nation.

Cabinet also corresponds to discuss and make proposals for political reforms, legal, administrative, budgetary and political-administrative division, within the concept of national unity and territorial integrity, in order to adapt the structure of state institutions to cultural diversity, ethnic and linguistic diversity of the peoples inhabiting the country.

The President believes that the dynamics that triggers the work of this cabinet will be the initiator of a future state Plural Guatemalan, where there are no second-class citizens, there is no inequality, exclusion or discrimination and all have equal opportunities for integral development and participation in public decisions.

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