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IV Summit: Democracy, Employment and Hemispheric Consensus

Encouraged by the recent and future events that are being held in the context of the Summit Process; recalling the proposed theme for the IV Summit of the Americas and referring to the third chapter of the Declaration of Nuevo Leon regarding Democratic Governance, we chose to reflect on and emphasize significant points of convergence that exist among them.

A year and a half has passed since the Special Summit of the Americas that took place in Monterrey, Mexico, where the Heads of State and Government of the Hemisphere met together and signed the Declaration of Nuevo León. The third chapter of that declaration seeks the commitments in the area of Democratic Governance including: strengthening and respect for the rule of law, defense of human rights, economic progress, social justice, transparency in public affairs, and the development of opportunities for all.

The XXXVII meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) was held on March 9 – 10 of 2005. During the meeting National Coordinators discussed the Draft Declaration and Guidelines for the Plan of Action for the IV Summit; revised the implementation of the commitments made in the area of Social Development from the Special Summit, and exchanged ideas with civil society, unions, and employer organizations representatives who presented their recommendations for the IV Summit theme: “Creating Jobs to Confront Poverty and Strengthen Democratic Governance.”

During the SIRG meeting the general consensus among the countries was to link employment with other issues that directly influence citizens’ quality of life. Security, health, education and justice as well as democracy were highlighted to be included in the joint declaration that will be signed by the Heads of State and Government of the region in November.

Building in this aproach; the XXXV OAS General Assembly to be held in June in Fort Lauderdale, Florida will address the issue of: “Delivering the Benefits of Democracy”. The 34 Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Hemisphere will meet for two days to discuss how to better provide this benefits. At the Agreement ceremony to host the XXXV General Assembly, Ambassador John Maisto, Permanent Representative of United States to the OAS, stressed that “there is a thematic link between the upcoming June General Assembly and the next Summit of the Americas in Argentina” and added that “this will reassure our peoples that their democratic representatives are determined to deliver both freedom and a better quality of life.”

Some months ago, Ambassador Jorge Taiana, Secretary of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Foreign Relations of Argentina, presented to the SIRG the conceptual document for the IV Summit; in his intervention he highlighted that the three concepts expressed in the theme – employment, poverty and governance – are directly linked and represent one of the mayor challenges of the Hemisphere. He noted the need to confront the elevated levels of poverty and social inequality in the region.

The commitments agreed in the Declaration of Nuevo León, referring to Democratic Governance; the Argentinean proposal for the IV Summit and the initiative from the United States Government in the theme of the XXXV General Assembly, indicate the relevance of democracy and its undeniable relation with central issues of the Inter-American agenda, such as employment, poverty and security, and the firm purpose of all to reach consensus on how to make positive strides and advance on its implementation.

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IV Summit: Democracy, Employment and Hemispheric Consensus
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Preparations for the Fourth Summit of the Americas
    XXXVII SIRG Meeting
    Civil Society consultations with reference to the priorities for the Fourth Summit of the Americas
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Civil Society
    Hemispheric Forum: "Delivering the Benefits of Democracy"
    On-Line Deliberative Forums for Civil Society
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Summaries of Summit Related Events
    Workshop: “Innovation and Decent Work”
    Seminar “Democracy and the IV Summit of the Americas”
    The Andean Region: “Challenges in the Area of Democratic Governance and Labor”
    Gender Forum of the Americas
    Indigenous Peoples Caucus
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Calendar of Events related to the  Summits of the Americas
 
Preparations for the IV Summit:
XXXVII SIRG Meeting

The XXXVII Meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) took place at the Palacio San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 9-10, 2005. The SIRG, constituted by the National Summit Coordinators, gathered to continue with the preparations and negotiations for the IV Summit of the Americas that will be held in Mar del Plata, Argentina on November 4-5, 2005 with the theme "Creating Jobs to Confront Poverty and Strengthen Democratic Governance."

The inaugural session was led by Ambassador Jorge Taiana, Secretary of Foreign Relations and Chair of the SIRG, who welcomed the participants and stressed the importance of the IV Summit for the Hemisphere. The argentinean Minister of Labor, Employment, & Social Security, Carlos Alfonso Tomada, made a presentation emphasizing that work had to be given a central place on the hemispheric agenda; and that social policies concentrated only on welfare assistance are not enough to combat exclusion and inequality in the region.

During the first plenary session, an analysis of the commitments made in the Special Summit of the Americas in social development were discussed. Representatives of the OAS Summits of the Americas Secretariat, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) presented the progress made on mandates implementation in their own areas.

The President of the SIRG presented the Draft Declaration and Guideliness for the Plan of Action in order to receive comments from the delegations. He also established May 2 as the dateline for submitting comments from the countries to the documents presented.

Countries’ representatives stressed the importance of showing that the governments are carrying out the agreements signed; and the necessity to incorporate the conclusions of ministerial meetings  that are being held prior the Summit.

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Civil Society Dialogue with Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the Framework of the XXXV General Assembly of the OAS
June 5, 2005
Fort Lauderdale, Estados Unidos
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XXXV General Assembly of the OAS
June 5 - 7, 2005
Fort Lauderdale, Estados Unidos
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XXXVIII SIRG (Ministerial Level)
June 6, 2005
Fort Lauderdale, Estados Unidos
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XXXVIII SIRG
June 8, 2005
Fort Lauderdale, Estados Unidos
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Meeting of the Health and Environment Ministers
June 17 - 18, 2005
Mar del Plata, Argentina

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Eleventh Inter-American Conference of Mayors and Local Authorities
June 21 - 23, 2005
Miami, Florida

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Civil Society consultations with reference to the priorities for the Fourth Summit of the Americas

At the Special Summit of the Americas, Heads of State and Government encouraged civil society participation in the Summit Process and institutionalized the meetings with civil society, as well as private sector and academics. For this reason, the XXXVII Meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group held on May 9 - 10 dedicated half day to make consultations with civil society about the priorities for the IV Summit of the Americas.

As an opening for this session, the conclusions from the Roundtable “Creating Jobs to Confront Poverty and Strengthen Democratic Governance” were presented. The roundtable was held in January in Washington D.C. and included recommendations in labor issues; such as the need to strengthen the capacity of local and national institutions, as well as local business capacity to facilitate the transparency of markets. Civil society representatives stressed the importance of promoting access to credit and training programs engaging young people, women, indigenous peoples, peoples of African descent, and migrant workers.

The document with the recommendations from the roundtable was distributed among the National Coordinators. This document is the base of civil society inputs for the IV Summit of the Americas.

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Hemispheric Forum: "Delivering the Benefits of Democracy"

The Civil Society Hemispheric Forum: "Delivering the Benefits of Democracy"  was held on April 11-12, 2005 at the OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  The purpose of this Forum was to encourage increased discussions and the exchange of ideas among civil society organizations that monitor the implementation of OAS initiatives, Summit mandates and work in the areas of the inter-American agenda. In addition, the forum provided them an opportunity to formalize and compile their recommendations and suggestions for the Dialogue between representatives of civil society and Ministers of Foreign Affairs during the XXXV OAS General Assembly that will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June, 2005.

The format of the Hemispheric Forum consisted of five moderated sessions all related and interconnected to the theme of the dialogue of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs at the XXXV OAS General Assembly, “Delivering the Benefits of Democracy”. The subjects of the work sessions were: Challenges to Democracy; Promotion of Human Rights; Social and Economic Development to Confront Poverty; Multidimensional Security; and Conclusions and General Recommendations from Civil Society.

The fifth session offered an opportunity for participating representatives of civil society to compile their recommendations and suggestions derived from the previous four sessions regarding the said theme and the inter-American agenda.  After a brief presentation on a specific topic by a selected panelist, civil society representatives had the opportunity to discuss the issues in a moderated session, contributing their points of view as well as reconciling their differences of opinion.

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On-Line Deliberative Forums for Civil Society

In order to support substantive civil society participation in the IV Summit of the Americas on important issues related to regional development in the Hemisphere, civil society organizations launched the initiative of organizing online deliberative forums. The results of these forums will be shared with National Summit Coordinator currently negotiating the Plan of Action and Declaration for the November 2005 Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

The forums, entitled Virtual Deliberation: Creating a shared Hemispheric Agenda, are being held from April 4 to May 6, 2005 and are focused on eight key areas related to the next Summit: Indigenous Peoples, transparency/anticorruption, sustainable environmental development, peace building, citizen participation, democracy and political parties, education and labor.  Thematic discussions focused on the subject of the upcoming Summit: “Creating Jobs to Confront Poverty and Strengthen Democratic Governance.”

Virtual Deliberation: Creating a shared Hemispheric Agenda is an initiative of Partners of the Americas’ Center for Civil Society in collaboration with the Canadian Foundation for the Americas, the Inter-American Democracy Network and Corporación Participa. For more information on these virtual forums, please contact Partners of the Americas at foroscumbres@partners.net or visit the OAS web page for civil society www.civil-society.oas.org or www.redinter.org/Forums

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Workshop: “Innovation and Decent Work”

The Office of Education, Science and Technology of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development in conjunction the Summits of the Americas Secretariat of the OAS, and the International Labor Organization (ILO) organized the workshop “Innovation and Decent Work” in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 7 – 8.

The purpose of the workshop was to bring together members of the Trade Union Technical Advisory Council (COSATE) and the Business Technical Advisory Committee on Labor Matters (CEATAL) to draft a common set of recommendations to be presented during the civil society dialogue at the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) meeting held immediately after the seminar. COSATE and CEATAL are the standing advisory committees that work with Ministries of Labor in a tripartite arrangement and that will be fully engaged in the preparation of the XIV Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) to be held in Mexico, on September 26-27, 2005.  A consensus document was produced as a result of the workshop and presented jointly by union and business representatives to National Summit Coordinators during the second day of the SIRG. (see www.oest.oas.org for the text of the document and presentations made at the seminar.)

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Seminar “Democracy and the IV Summit of the Americas”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of the Republic of Argentina and the Summits of the Americas Secretariat, in collaboration with the Office for the Promotion of Democracy of the OAS, organized the seminar "Democracy and the IV Summit of the Americas" as part of the preparatory activities leading to the IV Summit of the Americas that will be held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on November 4 - 5, 2005. This seminar was held on March 11, 2005, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and addressed the theme of the IV Summit of the Americas: "Creating Jobs to Confront Poverty and Strengthen Democratic Governance"  This seminar contributed to the preparatory debates for the next Summit of the Americas by giving Governments and representatives from different sectors of society the opportunity to present their opinions and recommendations on the theme of the IV Summit of the Americas proposed by Argentina.

The objective of this seminar was to analyze the pending challenges for the strengthening and defense of democracy and to promote an open debate with civil society regarding the implementation of democracy mandates from the Quebec Summit and the Special Summit of the Americas that took place in Monterrey, Mexico. The event was organized in three panels: the first panel addressed the contents and relevance of the Inter-American Democratic Charter as an instrument for the defense and strengthening of democracy; the second panel analyzed the participation of civil society in the strengthening of democracy; and the third panel discussed the theme of the IV Summit of the Americas. This session sought to reflect on and analyze this subject from the economic, social, and political points of view in order to make substantive recommendations to the National Summit Coordinators. (seminar’s program)

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The Andean Region: “Challenges in the Area of Democratic Governance and Labor”

The OAS Summits of the Americas Secretariat, the General Secretariat of the Andean Community and the International Labor Organization organized the Andean Sub-regional Seminar on “Democratic Governance and Employment Issues in the Andean Subregion” held in the headquarters of the Andean Community Headquarters in Lima, Peru on April 14-15, 2005. This meeting is one of the several activities in preparation for the Fourth Summit of the Americas which theme is: "Creating Jobs to Confront Poverty and Strengthen Democratic Governance".

The objective of the Seminar was to promote an ample debate about the situation and the future of democracy in the actual context of social crisis and unemployment, and to analyze the base for a subregional strategy for the promotion of decent jobs that will contribute to the development, the competitiveness and the strengthening of democratic governance. The Seminar was organized in three panels. The first panel discussed the Summits of the Americas: Strengthening Democratic Governance and Job Creation. The second panel was on social inclusion and democratic governance; and the third panel focused on Employment, Competitiveness and Social Inclusion: Strengthening Democratic Governance. Each panel included participants from civil society organizations and the academia from the Andean countries. (Background Information and Agenda: Spanish only)

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Gender Forum of the Americas

In the framework of civil society participation for the Fourth Summit of the Americas, hemispheric organizations dedicated to gender issues gathered at the Gender Forum that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on April 7-9, 2005. 

Several issues like poverty, violence against women, employment, training and empowerment, and strengthening of democracy were discussed. A Declaration was drafted with the proposals presented at the meeting. This Declaration will be presented to the Summit Implementation and Review Group (SIRG) which is in charge to negotiate the documents that will be approved by the Heads of State and Government in the Fourth Summit of the Americas which will be held in Mar del Plata, Argentina in November 4-5, 2005.

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Indigenous Peoples Caucus

Forty representatives of indigenous peoples from the Western Hemisphere gathered at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC on May 2-6, 2005 to hold the Indigenous Caucus. This was a preparatory meeting for the Sixth Negotiation Session in the Quest for Points of Consensus of the Working Group to Prepare the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Indigenous Caucus Meeting had as a main objective the revision and discussion of the proposals related with the articles of the Declaration about lands, territories, and natural resources; indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation; labor rights; cultural patrimony and intellectual property rights; development; and armed conflict, as well as discussions on negotiation process with OAS Member States.  The results of this Indigenous Caucus Meeting will be presented to the Working Group to Prepare the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which will be held in Antigua, Guatemala in September 2005.

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Did You know that ….
  • Between 2003 and 2004 in Latin America, the confidence in political parties raised 7%, in the Judiciary 12% and in the Police 8%. (A)
  • According to Transparency International's Global Barometer in Corruption, 5 out of 10 Latin American people consider that corruption affects in a significant way their personal and familiar lives (B)
  • In Latin America and the Caribbean 89.3 % of the potential voters are inscribed in electoral registrations, 62.7% of the registers vote, and 56.1 % issue a valid vote. (C)
  • Between 2005 and 2006, there will be in the Hemisphere more than 20 electoral process. 11 of them will be of presidential nature.  (D)
  • Since 1960, the OAS has watched more than 115 electoral processes including: general elections, Presidential elections, Parliamentary elections and municipal elections. (E)
     
              (A) Source: Latinobarómetro 2004 UNA DÉCADA DE MEDICIONES Santiago de Chile.
              (B) Source: Transparency International: Barómetro Global de la Corrupción
              (C) Source: United Nations Development Programme, "Ideas and Contributions: Democracy in Latin America"
              (D) Source: Office for the Promotion of Democracy
              (E) Source: Office for the Promotion of Democracy
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