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Washington, D.C., May 3-6, 2016

The Third Period Session of the Working Group to Examine the National Reports of States Parties envisioned in the Protocol of San Salvador (WGPSS) was held in Washington, D.C on May 3-6, 2016.

The WGPSS presented its Final Comments on the Final Reports of six States Parties to the PSS during the official submission ceremony and gave special recognition to the States Parties for their crucial role in making the PSS monitoring mechanism operational. The representatives of the Permanent Missions of Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay and Colombia, and Honduras were present at the event. The WGPSS also invited civil society organizations to a presentation on the role of the Working Group and their assistance to States in forming public policies within the agenda of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR).

During the period, the Secretary General, Luis Almagro, met with the WGPSS, that made an official presentation of the final reports of WGPSS for the six national reports, with which the revision round ended. In the framework of the OAS Roundtable titled "From exclusion to equality in Latin America? More rights for more people with citizen participation", the Secretary General, in his welcoming remarks of the Roundtable, stressed the importance of the mechanism of PSS, the advances made in ESCRs and its link with the slogan "more rights for more people" of the organization’s General Secretariat. During her presentation, the president of WGPSS, Laura Pautassi, emphasized the progress of the review process of reports based on the first 6 reports that culminated this process along with some general proposals on the ESCR agenda in the region. The presentation can be accessed here.

Finally, the WGPSS gave a presentation to the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP) on the OAS Permanent Council in which the WGPSS informed delegates from the Permanent Missions of the progress made in the revision process of national reports by States Parties, as well as the culmination of the process of the first round for the first group of rights.