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Special Sessions

The Inter-American Program, as one of its prime follow-up activities, requires the Permanent Council to consider convening an Annual Special Session of the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs to provide a mechanism for evaluating and improving the operation of the Program.

The purpose of these Special Sessions is to allow required actors under the Program to present the contributions they have made in fulfillment thereof, on an annual basis, and to allow the Member States to evaluate these implementation activities.


Equally important, the Special Sessions, which are attended by all the OAS entities, Member States, other international organizations, academics, experts and members of civil society, are designed to provide for an exchange of best practices, information, and new proposals for inclusion into the Program.

The Inter-American Program was approved in June 2005. As a result, the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs has held two annual sessions: one held in March 2006 for the 2005/2006 work year, and the second in February 2007 for the 2006/2007 work year. There was also an initial Special Session of the Working Group in September 2004 to receive the input from OAS entities, Member States, members of civil society and other experts on the draft Inter-American Program. Links to the documents for each special session are contained above.

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