Ibero-American General Secretariat

During the first Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government (Guadalajara, Mexico, 1991) the Ibero-American Conference was created, consisting of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking States of America and Europe. The celebration of annual meetings allowed us to advance political, economic and cultural cooperation among our peoples. To reinforce this process, the XIII Summit (Santa Cruz da Serra, Bolivia, 2003) decided to compose the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) as a new international organization.

SEGIB, which is based in Madrid, is the permanent institutional and technical Permanent support organ for the Ibero-American Conference and the Summit of Heads of State and Government, comprising 22 Ibero-American countries: 19 in Latin America and three in Latin America. Iberian Peninsula, Spain, Portugal and Andorra. 

The objectives of Segib are:

To contribute to the strengthening and cohesion of the Ibero-American community and promote its international projection.

To Collaborate in the preparation of the Summits of Heads of State and Government in close co-ordination with the corresponding Secretariat Pro Tempore.

To Strengthen the work developed through cooperation within the framework of the Ibero-American Conference, in accordance with the Bariloche agreement.

To Promote the historical, cultural, social and economic links between the Ibero-American countries, recognizing and valuing the diversity among their peoples.

To Execute the mandates it receives from the Summits and Meetings of Ibero-American Foreign Ministers.

To Coordinate the different instances of the Ibero-American Conference with the other Ibero-American organizations.

Segib and HMBs:

Segib started the IberBLH Program, the largest Brazilian multilateral technical cooperation agreement in human milk banks. The Project "Technical Support for the Implementation of the Ibero-American Network of Human Milk Banks" to the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), with the prospect of establishing a forum for multilateral cooperation in human milk bank in the region.

After analyzing the Ibero-American countries, the proposal was approved during the XVII Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government in Chile in November 2007.