May, 2009
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Civil Society Virtual Forum in preparation for the

39th OAS General Assembly “Toward a Culture of Nonviolence"

May 18 to 21, 2009

 

The Summits of the Americas Secretariat and the Department of International Affairs of the OAS wishes to announce the launch of the Civil Society Virtual Forum in preparation for the 39th OAS General Assembly “Toward a Culture of Nonviolence” to be held in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on June 1-3, 2009. The virtual forum will be open from May 18–21, 2009 through the Summits Virtual Platform (SVP).*

This virtual Forum, organized by the Department of International Affairs and the Summits of the Americas Secretariat, will address the theme of the 39th OAS General Assembly (non-violence), the inter-American agenda (i.e. multi-dimensional security, human rights, and democracy), and Follow-up to the Fifth Summit of the Americas, as well as make reference to the Dialogue between the Heads of Delegation, the OAS Secretary General, and civil society representatives.

The objective of the Civil Society Virtual Forum is to generate recommendations from civil society organizations regarding the themes that will be discussed during the General Assembly, to be presented to OAS Member States and the General Secretariat of the OAS, while sharing experiences about the projects and programs executed by civil society in the support of policies developed by OAS Member States with regard to non-violence, the inter-American agenda, and Summit follow-up.

Following a brief introduction by the moderator, the discussion will be initiated with several key questions regarding each theme.  Participating civil society representatives will have the opportunity to provide their inputs regarding the challenges within each thematic area.  The resulting consensus from this virtual forum will be presented to Member States in the Dialogue between the Heads of Delegation, the OAS Secretary General, and civil society representatives in the framework of the 39th OAS General Assembly. 

Registration for membership in the Summits Virtual Platform is open to everyone. If you are already registered in the Summits Virtual Platform, simply login to the Platform and participate in the forum. If you have not yet registered, please click here and complete the ‘registration form’. Registration for membership in the SVP is free of cost and open to all members of civil society.  

For more information regarding civil society participation in OAS activities and the 39th OAS General Assembly, please visit the OAS Civil Society Webpage at www.civil-society.oas.org.

If you have any questions please contact Claudia Salazar at: csalazar@oas.org.

Summits of the Americas Secretariat in coordination with the Department of International Affairs

Organization of American States

 * The SVP is a joint effort of the Summits of the Americas Secretariat and the OAS/SEDI Department of Human Development -through the Educational Portal of the Americas, with the support of the Institute for Connectivity in the Americas (ICA/IDRC).

 

 

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