Mexican President urges UN to reform Security Council, step up action against world drug problem

UN News Centre 9/28/2015 

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Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, Enrique Peña Nieto spotlighted key issues facing the world body and urged the international community to promote sustainable development and combat climate change and also encouraged the reform and modernization of the UN Security Council.

Underscoring that the veto power belonging to the Council’s five permanent members must not be used for national ends, he supported France’s initiative to restrict the veto in cases of serious violations of international law and war crimes.

President Peña Nieto went on to recall the long history of collaboration between his country and the United Nations and noted, for example, its decision to participate in peacekeeping operations and Mexico’s efforts to bolster humanitarian assistance.

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In historic U-turn, Mexico to join U.N. peacekeeping missions

09/24/14 Reuters

Enrique Pena NietoAfter years of keeping out of the world’s conflicts, Mexico said on Wednesday it was ready to take part in United Nations peacekeeping missions, as the government steps up efforts to raise its profile on the global stage. “Mexico has taken the decision to participate in U.N. peacekeeping missions, taking part in humanitarian tasks that benefit civil society,” Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto told the U.N. General Assembly in a speech in New York.

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Gov. Jerry Brown, Mexico’s president talk trade in L.A.

08/26/14 Los Angeles Times

hand shakeGov. Jerry Brown and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto shared the stage in Los Angeles to speak about opportunities for the Golden State and its southern neighbor to work together on business opportunities, climate change and higher education.

“We share language, territory, trade,” Brown said Monday at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, where Peña Nieto kicked off a two-day trip to California. “We share the sun, the wind, businesses like oil production.”

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Mexico President Peña Nieto’s popularity falls at home: survey

08/26/14 Los Angeles Times

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In contrast to the glowing reviews he often receives abroad, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s ratings at home have declined, a new survey finds.

The Pew Research Center, in a report released Tuesday that examines public opinion in Mexico, said Peña Nieto’s ambitious economic reforms have cost him support.

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Mexico’s president thanks California leaders for welcoming immigrants

08/27/14 Los Angeles Times

Enrique PeñaNieto 2Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto thanked California’s leaders Tuesday for welcoming immigrants from his country — even those who came illegally — as he capped his first official trip to the United States.

California’s policies, which include tuition assistance at public universities and drivers’ licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally, are a “recognition of human dignity,” Peña Nieto said in a speech to a joint session of the California Legislature.

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Mexico president seeks immigration reform: ‘This is a matter of justice’

08/26/14 The Guardian

Enrique Pena NietoMexico’s president spoke of the need for US immigration reform on a two-day visit to migrant-friendly California, saying those who reject diversity and inclusion will ultimately be proven wrong.

“We want to be a factor of cohesion, not division, with full respect for the sovereignty of the United States,” President Enrique Pena Nieto said Monday. “This, at the end, is about — and only about — a matter of justice for those who contribute so much to the development of the American society.”

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on L.A. visit

08/25/14 Los Angeles Times

Enrique PeñaNieto 2Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto kicked off a two-day tour of California with a speech to Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles on Monday in which he pledged to make life better for his countrymen living on both sides of the border.

Pledging reduced wait times at border crossings and faster services at Mexican consulates across the United States, Nieto said he had an obligation to serve all Mexicans, regardless of where they lived.

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto starts California tour in Los Angeles

08/25/14 San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Enrique PeñaNieto 2Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is visiting California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown.

His two-day tour starts in Los Angeles on Monday and comes less than a month after Brown visited Mexico.

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Mexico Unveils New Police Force

08/25/14 The Wall Street Journal

federal police mexicoMexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto inaugurated a new unit of the federal police force—a scaled-down version of what was initially planned as a larger, independent gendarmerie—that aims to protect key parts of the economy, like mining operations and farms, from drug gangs.

The new 5,000-strong force, modeled after similar units in France, Spain, Chile and elsewhere, was a key element of Mr. Peña Nieto’s public security strategy during his 2012 presidential campaign. Having criticized former President Felipe Calderón’s use of the army and navy to take on drug gangs, Mr. Peña Nieto and his team envisioned a new 40,000-strong force, with recruits drawn largely from the military, which would answer to civilian authorities and allow the army to return to the barracks.

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