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Toward the Fifth Summit of the Americas


The Summits of the Americas Process has facilitated the joint work carried out by Heads of State and Government, multilateral agencies, and civil society in order to achieve development, peace, and prosperity in the region.  Since the First Summit of the Americas, held in 1994, until the most recent Fourth Summit of the Americas, held in 2005, many of the challenges that face the people of the Americas have been identified and, thanks to the Summit Process, work plans have been defined to overcome extreme poverty in the hemisphere. To achieve these objectives, the Summits of the Americas Secretariat supports and complements the actions of the Member States in the development, implementation, dissemination, and follow-up of the mandates, while working closely with the member institutions of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG)  to promote fulfillment of the inter-American agenda

Since the Fourth Summit of the Americas, four meetings of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) have been held. The first of these meetings took place on April 18th, 2006, the second on May 23rd, and the later two were convened on June 5th and September 12th. The XLV Ministerial Meeting of the SIRG was held in the framework of the XXXVI General Assembly of the OAS, held June 5, 2006 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At that meeting, Argentina presented a report on the achievements with respect to the Summit mandates. The Summits Secretariat presented the publication “Official Documents of the Summits of the Americas Process 2004-2006, Volume IV,” fulfilling its commitment to serve as the institutional memory of the Process. In addition, the JSWG elaborated a report that outlines the advances achieved through the activities carried out by each of the member institutions that comprise the Group.

In addition, the Summits of the Americas Secretariat continues to facilitate civil society participation. In the framework of the aforementioned OAS General Assembly, the Summits Secretariat released the publication “2002-2006 Civil Society Recommendations”, which compiles civil society proposals to governments regarding how regional challenges should be confronted.

It is noteworthy to highlight the XLVI Ministerial Meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG), held September 12th, 2006 at OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C., at which the Chairmanship of the Summit Process was officially transferred from Argentina to Trinidad and Tobago, the future host country of the Fifth Summit of the Americas. Later, during a September 27th, 2006 visit to Washington D.C., the Honorable Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, highlighted the role of the OAS as a unique forum in which the Member States must interact closely in order to deal with issues of democracy, human rights, hemispheric security, sustainable development, health, matters of gender, and local government, among other priority issues. In addition, he explained that the OAS must work toward establishing closer networks with regional organizations including all the institutions that comprise the JSWG. 

The Summits of the Americas Secretariat plays an important role in the Summits of the Americas Process by bringing together key actors that actively participate in the formulation of new policies and initiatives, an providing follow-up to the Summits mandates agreed upon in the Declarations and Plan of Actions. In this regard, the Secretariat will continue to provide support to all the actors in the Summits Process, including the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG), the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG), the ministerial meetings, civil society, the private sector, and academia.  Subsequent to the Fourth Summit of the Americas, important steps have been taken as a result of these joint efforts and, thanks to the commitment of all the aforementioned actors, advances are being made toward the Fifth Summit of the Americas to be held in Trinidad and Tobago, 2009.

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The Selection Committee of the 2006-2007 Inter-American Civil Society Partnerhsip Initiative awarded funds to 9 Civil Society organizations


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 XLVI Ministerial Meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG)

XLVI SIRG Meeting

The XLVI Meeting of SIRG, held at the Ministerial level on September 12, 2006 at OAS Headquarters in Washington DC, witnessed the official transfer of the Chairmanship of the Summits of the Americas Process from Argentina, host of the Fourth Summit of the Americas, to Trinidad and Tobago, the country which will host the Fifth Summit of the Americas in 2009.  At this event, Sec. Insulza portrayed the Summits Process as a unique opportunity for collaboration between the governments of the 34 OAS Member States, multilateral institutions, and civil society.  Furthermore, Insulza noted the responsibility, and the privilege, of this partnership of diverse actors to open new avenues of cooperation and to confront the challenges that exist in the region.

In underscoring the key role of civil society within the Summits process, the Secretary General of the OAS declared, “I believe that it is important that we continue working to strengthen the participation of civil society in the Summits Process and that we continue to promote their presence through the monitoring of different initiatives that we undertake as well as in the implementation of the mandates. This will permit us to create an expansive space for deliberation in which diverse actors representing civil society will have much more to say and we will have much more to listen to.”

For the first time, on April 2, 2003, the SIRG was opened to civil society organizations in order to promote discussion and information exchange on the Summit of the Americas, education, hemispheric security, and good governance. The SIRG is comprised of the 34 democratically elected governments of the Hemisphere, represented by their appointed National Coordinator, and meets on average four times a year, with at least one of their meetings held at the Ministerial level. The SIRG is responsible for reporting annually to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the progress achieved in the fulfillment of the Summits Plans of Action.

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III Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities
November13 -15, 2006
Montreal, Canada
 
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Seminar on Democratic Governance and National Alliances
November 15 -16, 2006
Santiago, Chile
 
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I Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities on Sustainable Development
December 4-5, 2006
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
 
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Eighth  Meeting of Negotiations of the Working Group to prepare the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
December 4-8
Washington, D.C.
 

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Civil Society and Indigenous People Participation in the framework of the First Inter-American Meeting of Minister and High Level Authorities on Sustainable Development


The Department of Sustainable Development, with the support of the General Secretariat of the OAS, organized 5 consultations with representatives from civil society organizations and indigenous peoples. These meetings took place in Buenos Aires, La Paz, Washington D.C., Panama City, and Port of Spain. At the same time a Virtual Consultation Forum was hosted to promote public participation prior to the First Ministerial Meeting which will take place on December 4-5 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

The objective of the consultations was to produce a document containing recommendations from civil society. This document was disseminated to the Permanent Missions of the Member States of the OAS for their consideration and subsequent preparation of the Declaration of Santa Cruz, which will be adopted in the aforementioned ministerial meeting. In addition, the civil society representatives will present their recommendations to the Ministers and High Level Authorities on Sustainable Development.
 

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47° Directing Council of PAHO

The 47th Directing Council of The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was held on September 25, 2006 in Washington D.C., for the purpose of assembling the Ministers and Authorities responsible for health in the Americas to assess the status of achievements realized by PAHO over the last 12 months. The Members of the Directing Council discussed the necessity of obtaining greater political support and financing for basic health services in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, for the complete eradication of polio, immunization programs and the creation of an agenda addressing the subject of disability.

The meeting was officiated by Dr. Mirta Roses, Director of PAHO, who signaled the importance of recognizing that the region is now better prepared to respond to disasters and emergencies as a result of a 2004 appeal, which was renewed last year in light of the threats of Pandemic Influenza and Avian Flu. Likewise, representatives such as Dr. Anders Nordstrõm, Interim General Director of the World Health Organization (WHO); Dr. José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS); the Secretary of Health of the United States, Mike Leavitt; as well as Ministers, governmental delegates, and invited delegates were present.
 

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VII Conference of Ministers of Defense

The Seventh Conference of Ministers of Defense of the Americas took place in Managua, Nicaragua from October 1 to 5, 2006. Defense Ministers and High Level Authorities from OAS Member States agreed upon efforts to increase multilateral military cooperation and proposed joint efforts to achieve common goals.  The Ministers exchanged experiences and reached consensus on a series of agreements to face regional challenges.

The OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, opened the Conference with an intervention that sought to define regional defense tasks and urged Member States to continue working closely for further international cooperation.  The Secretary General noted the peace in the region and identified priorities: averting conflict among Member States, resolving problems through dialogue and reconciliation, always employing legal means of settling disputes, and broadening integration processes.  Mr. Insulza cautioned Member States against identifying all regional problems as threats to security. The Secretary General noted that social and economic problems affecting peoples of the Americas are at the root of many security issues, yet regional leaders must not extend the concept of security to every arena of political and social problems, which could harm democracy. Furthermore, the Secretary General stated that subordination of armed forces to civilian, democratic, political authority has given them a more legitimate role in a democratic society.

The Defense Ministers adopted the Declaration of Managua, which recommends modernizing hemispheric defense and security institutions, strengthening the Inter-American Security System, fighting all forms of terrorism, joining forces for peacekeeping missions, combating the proliferation of small arms, and confronting transnational crime threats. Likewise, Ministers proposed closer collaboration at the subregional level to achieve common goals.

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Second Preparatory Meeting of the Second Meeting of the Conference of the States Parties to the MESICIC

The Second Preparatory Meeting of the Second Meeting of the Conference of the States Parties to the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption (MESICIC) was held in Washington D.C. on October 16th, 2006. Meeting participants considered and discussed the Inter-American Program of Cooperation to Fight Corruption and the preliminary agenda of the Second Meeting of the Conference of the States Parties to the MESICIC, which will take place in Washington, D.C. on November 20-21, 2006.

At this Preparatory Meeting, the introductory presenters of the forthcoming Conference were determined, namely, the Office of Legal Cooperation of the Department of International Legal Affairs of the OAS, the General Secretariat of the United Nations, and civil society organizations that work in the follow up and implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption.

At the November MESICIC Conference, the MESICIC Committee of Experts will present its Hemispheric Report on the First Round of Review. In addition, Delegations will discuss hemispheric cooperation against corruption in the framework of the MESICIC, and will consider and adopt the recommendations of the Inter-American Program of Cooperation Against Corruption.

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Third Ordinary Meeting of the Inter-American Committe on Education

The Third Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Committe on Education (CIE) was held at the General Secretariat of the OAS in Washington D.C., on October 26 and 27, 2006, with the objective of reviewing and approving their Work Plan for 2005-2007. Meeting participants took advantage of the  opportunity to note the achievements, challenges, and future plans based on each of the conclusions of the main activities of the CIE, such as to strengthen and reinforce Inter-American dialogue in order to support the creation of policies and develop collaborative actions in the area. Also the CIE provides follow up on the mandates of the Summit of the Americas as well as those accords reached in the meetings of ministers of Education. 

In addition, new mandates were considered, including ongoing work in priority areas such as education indicators, teacher preparation, early childhood education, literacy/illiteracy, education for democracy, and others. Furthermore, issues related to policies and procedures were considered in order to review new or continuing projects, and sustainability strategies for future CIE project activities were explained, including communication strategies, such as the CIE bulletin and website.

At the close of the meeting, the Fifth Meeting of Ministers of Education was discussed, however details on location and priority topics of this meeting are to be defined in the near future.

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Did You know that ….

 

The gross domestic product (GDP) of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will grow by 4.6% in 2006, up slightly from 2005. This could lead to an increase of more than 3% in per capita GDP, stemming for continued strong domestic demand as well as from international trade impulsed by dynamic Asian markets (A).

The economic growth of the Latin American region is estimated at 4.3% for 2006, which is similar to the average in 2005. The Argentine, Venezuelan, and Chilean economies are the most dynamic in the region  (B).

The amount of employment linked to information technologies will grow by 9% in 2006, in Latin America, according to the human resources consulting firm Adecco in October 21st, 2006 report (C).


(A) Source: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
(B) Source: Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI)
(C) Source: Adecco
 

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