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Participation in the Summits Process
The Summits Process encourages the participation of civil society and social actors¹  in the Hemisphere. Throughout the Summit Process, the Heads of State and Government recognizes the importance of including social actors and encourage 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 and social actor’s 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 Process, 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 and institutions of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG)² , 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;

  • Promote initiatives from civil society and social actors at a national, regional, hemispheric level;

  • 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.

 

¹ The term social actor includes representatives of academia, labor unions, young people, indigenous peoples, communities of people of African descent, intercultural and inter-ethnic communities, and the private sector.

² The organizations listed below are part of the JSWG, in order of precedence: the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Bank Group, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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