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Social Actor Participation in Previous Summits:
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Second Summit 1998
Summit on Sustainable Development 1996
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Participation in the Summits Process
The Summits Process encourages the participation of social actors throughout the Hemisphere. At previous Summits, the Heads of State and Government recognized the importance of including social actors and encouraged governments to cooperate with them in the formulation and implementation of development policies and programs.

The Summits of the Americas Secretariat (SAS) promotes civil society participation in the Summits Process by creating different areas for their engagement. In order to facilitate the contributions of social actors through the various stages of the Summit, an active exchange with Member States has become an integral part of the process.

The Summits of the Americas Secretariat, in cooperation with other areas of the OAS, has developed a number of initiatives to create opportunities for participation of social actors. These include:
  • Regional forums/discussions on thematic issues within the Summits agenda and presentation of its outcomes to Member States;
  • Mobilization of resources to finance projects by social actors in support of mandate implementation;
  • Establishment of strategic networks of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), governments, and inter-American and international organizations;
  • Dialogues between social actors and senior government officials to exchange views on implementation and fulfillment of Summit mandates;
  • Virtual forums and discussion groups on the Summits Virtual Community.
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