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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the SVP:

Who developed the SVP?

Organization of American States (OAS): The Summits of the Americas Virtual Platform (SVP) is a joint effort of the Summits of the Americas Secretariat, in coordination with the OAS Department of Human Development, through the Educational Portal of the Americas.

Supported by: The Institute for Connectivity in the Americas (ICA) / International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

What is the Summits Virtual Platform (SVP)?

The SVP, launched in September 2008, is a virtual space designed to complement the Summits of the Americas Process. It provides registered users access to online fora and other communication tools, as well as access to Summit-related materials, document drafts and other resources.

Why was the SVP developed?

Recognizing the value of the contributions made by civil society and other social actors to the Summits of the Americas Process, the SVP was launched to expand opportunities for participation of these actors through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

In its initial phase, the SVP will play an instrumental role in preparation for the Fifth Summit (Trinidad & Tobago, April 17 to 19, 2009), particularly in fostering a more robust and inclusive dialogue on key themes and priority areas of the Draft Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain titled “Securing Our Citizens’ Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability”.

Which actors may participate in the virtual fora and consultations undertaken through the SVP?

Participation is free and open to citizens and other social actors, including representatives of civil society organizations, NGOs, and international organizations, workers and union representatives, indigenous peoples, afro descendants, and members of the private and academic sectors, among others. However, the SVP will act as a restricted virtual space and registration is required.

When will the fora be held and on which subjects?

Each forum will focus on a particular theme relevant to the Fifth Summit of the Americas and will be programmed in anticipation of the face-to-face meetings of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG), where the negotiations of the text of the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain take place.

Click here to view the complete Calendar.

What happens to all of the recommendations and comments made by the participants of the fora?

Recommendations arising from social actor’s participation in the different fora will be incorporated into a report by the Summits Secretariat and submitted for consideration of the 34 member States, as they negotiate the text of the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain.

How can I participate in the virtual fora?

To register, please click here. Please complete the registration form and you will then receive a Welcome e-mail inviting you to participate in the forum.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Summit Virtual Platform’s Coordinator, Claudia Salazar csalazar@oas.org.



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