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The award ceremony was held in the Hall of Lost Steps of the Palace of the National Congress of the Argentine Republic (Buenos Aires), and was attended by personalities from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Mexico.

In an emotional ceremony held at the Congress of the Republic of Argentina, the University of La Serena received an important international recognition for its contribution to Latin American integration.

This distinction was conferred on the work carried out through the Office of International Relations, and in particular the work and career of the Director of RRII ULS, Mg. José Mora Poblete, to whom the distinction “Governor Enrique Tomás Cresto” was conferred, instituted by the Senate of the Nation; the Argentine Federation of Municipalities; the Latin American Federation of Cities, Municipalities and Associations of Local Governments; the Municipal Area Integration System South Area and the Shalom Club.

The ceremony took place in the Hall of Lost Steps of the Honorable Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine Congress, before the important participation of political personalities, mayors, and national and international NGOs.

The distinction “Leaders for Development: Governor Enrique Tomás Cresto” is conferred on political leaders, legislators, government officials, representatives of intermediate institutions, academics, social and popular workers, teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs from different Latin American countries that stand out for their work for the benefit of their communities and the welfare of society.

“I am deeply grateful and honored for this distinction. The support I have received to develop this work that we have been building as a University of La Serena has been fundamental. An institution that is worried about becoming an agent of change, through the generation of knowledge that allows to improve people's lives, must also be opened to the world to strengthen networks that allow to develop a joint work ”, said the Director of RRII ULS

This recognition was granted for the contribution to regional integration in Latin America, "as 'Leader for Development', highlighting its trajectory and innovative approach to its actions as contributions to the well-being of our communities."

The recognition that bears the name of the former Entre Rican governor was instituted 18 years ago and is part of the Support Program for Local Government Initiatives, which seeks to bring to the forefront of the international agenda the definition of a development strategy that promotes the recognition of the Latin American continent, worrying about the destiny of our regions and countries.