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Community of Latin American and Caribbean States


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Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños - CELAC (Spanish)
Comunidade de Estados Latino-Americanos e Caribenhos (Portugese)
Communauté des États Latino-Américains et Caribéens (French)

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States  is the name of a regional bloc of Latin American and Caribbean nations created on February 23, 2010, at the Rio Group-CALC (Cumbre de América Latina y el Caribe, Latin American and Caribbean Summit) Unity Summit held in  Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. It consists 33 sovereign countries in the Americas, and totals roughly 600 million people. Absent of the bloc are: Canada, France, the Netherlands, the United States, British and Danish dependencies in the Americas.

CELAC is being created to deepen Latin American integration and to reduce the once overwhelming influence of the United States on the politics and economics of Latin America, and is seen as an alternative to the Organization of American States (OAS), the regional body organized largely by Washington in 1948, ostensibly as a countermeasure to potential Soviet influence in the region. 
CELAC will be the successor of the merger between the Grupo de Rio (Rio Group) and the CALC (Latin America and the Caribbean Summit). In July 2010, CELAC selected President of Venezuela, socialist Hugo Chávez, and President of Chile, conservative Sebastián Piñera, as co-chairs of the forum that will draft statutes for the organization.
For the full list of members of CELAC please see:

For additional information go to: CELAC (temporary official website since a proposed official website should/could have its name together with the file extension ".lat").
Esteban Rivera, 15 April 2012

The Flag

The CELAC flag is the emblem on a blue horizontal background as seen here.
Esteban Rivera, 15 April 2012