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People Staff
September 25, 2008 AT 03:00 PM EDT

Shakira and Alejandro Sanz managed to unite five presidents including Mexican (Felipe Calderón), Argentinian (Cristina Fernández de Kirchner), El Salvadoran (Antonio Saca), Paraguayan (Fernando Lugo) and Panamanian (Martín Torrijos) in a forum.

The University of Columbia in New York hosted the event called The Children of Latin American: A Future Without Poverty, which was carried out in the United Nations. There, the Colombian and Spanish singers represented the ALAS foundation and managed to united the five presidents to work on way to improve education among children under 6 years of age, and end poverty.

“Kids in Latin America are counting on us,” said Shakira. “Offer them an education early on to end the cycle of poverty.”

“Shakira and Alejandro’s attitudes and hearts are a refreshing perspective,” said the former president of Paraguay, an ex bishop. “I think Paraguay need some new wings if it wants to fly happily,” he said to a crowd of celebrities including Sammy Sosa and Rubén Blades.

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