30th Meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group
(SIRG) was held in Washington, DC on July 21-22, 2003.
The purpose of the meeting was to prepare for
the upcoming Special Summit of the Americas to be
hosted by the government of Mexico.
Gaviria, Secretary General of the Organization of
American States, inaugurated the meeting.
The SIRG heard remarks as well from the new
President of the Summit Process, Ambassador Eduardo
Sguiglia, Under Secretary of Latin American Policy,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, and from Dr.
Miguel Hakim, Under Secretary for Latin America and
the Caribbean, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico,
as President of the Special Summit.
goal of the Special Summit is to facilitate
hemispheric cooperation at the highest level of
government to address the current economic, social and
political challenges in the region.
Approximately one third of heads of state and
government in the hemisphere have assumed office since
the most recent Summit of the Americas in Quebec City
in April 2001. The
agenda of the Special Summit will center on three
issues -- Economic Growth with Equity, Social
Development, and Democratic Governance.
at this SIRG meeting included consideration of the
draft agenda, format, content and logistics of the
planned Special Summit. Countries were very keen on ensuring that this Special Summit
remain focused on specific issues and support
multilateral and national actions to solve critical
problems affecting people in the Hemisphere. The 31st
Meeting of the SIRG will be held in Washington, DC on
September 22, 2003.
more information see www.summitsoftheamericas.org