- Issue date: 13/10/2005
- Printing Process: Huecograbado
- Paper: Estucado engomado fosforescente
- Size of stamp: 40,9 x 28,8 mm. (horizontal)
- Sheet effects: 50
- Postal value of the stamps: 0,78 €
- Print run: 1.000.000
- Dented: 13 3/4
On 14-15 October Spain, and more specifically Salamanca, will host the 15th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Ibero-American Nations. On occasion of this event, a stamp is issued depicting the University of Salamanca, one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe and whose organisational schemes have been implemented in Latin American universities.
In this 15th Summit, a new and strong impulse is to be given to this forum which brings together, at the highest level, three European countries – Spain, Portugal and Andorra- and 19 Latin American ones. The celebration of the Ibero-American Summit, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of Juan Carlos I as King of Spain, will be the starting point for the American General Secretariat, a new instrument created to follow up the programmes agreed on in the Summit. Our country, as host of this XV Ibero-American Summit, suggests as important challenges: the contribution to the creation of a common area for democracy, social cohesion, sustainable development and the defence of human rights. The Summit’s programme will focus on two main problems: immigration and the relationships between Latin America and the European Union. It also includes the following proposals in its agenda, themes and forums: replacing debt with education, Latin American Business Forum, Civic Forum on Financing and the Fight Against Poverty, the Latin American Cultural Chart and Latin American Doctrines for Development. Spain, on occasion of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America, suggested the idea of summoning an Ibero-American summit, an initiative which was supported by Mexico and Brazil. Mexico was the venue of the first summit in 1991. The second was held in Spain in 1992 and the third in Brazil in 1993. At the proposal of Mexico the summit was given a political meaning in order to set down common themes and strive towards greater coordination and cooperation between Latin American nations. The countries present at the Summit are part of the Latin American Conference which is a forum for consultation and political agreement whose purpose is to reflect on the challenges of the international environment.