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II OAS-African Union Forum on “CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PROMOTION AND DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA AND THE AMERICAS”
October 12-13, 2011
Headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The purpose of this Forum, organized by the African Union Commission and the OAS, with the support of International IDEA, is to share views on challenges to the strengthening of democracy and the promotion and defense of human rights, and to develop concrete ways in which collaboration can be undertaken between both organizations to confront these challenges. This second Forum is a follow-up to the first OAS-AU Forum: “Democracy Bridge: Multilateral Regional Efforts for the Promotion and Defense of Democracy in Africa and America”, held at the headquarters of the OAS in Washington DC, July 2007. The event responds to the mandate set out in OAS Resolutions AG/RES.2419 (XXXVIII-O/08), AG/RES. 2489 (XXXIX-O/09), AG/RES.2550 (XL-0/10) and AG/RES. 2693 (XLI-O/11) to enhance interregional cooperation with the African Union.
 
Information Bulletin
Information Note on the African Union
List of participants
Annotated Agenda
Background documents
Cooperation Profile of the African Union
Speech by the Secretary General, Jose Miguel Insulza
Remarks by Ambassador Bayney Karran, Chair of the Permanent Council of the OAS
Remarks by Ambassador Maria Isabel Salvador, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the OAS (Spanish / French)
Remarks by Victor Rico, Secretary for Political Affairs, OAS
Remarks by Irene Klinger at the Inaugural Session
Presentation by Karla Ornelas, Second Secretary, Alternate Representative of the Mission of Mexico to the OAS on the Experience of Mexico with the Inter-American Human Rights System.
Conclusions of the forum

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Working luncheonWORKING LUNCHEON WITH REGIONAL AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND THE OAS SECRETARY GENERAL
In the Framework of the 41st Regular Session of the General Assembly of the OAS
June 7th
San Salvador, El Salvador
A dialogue between representatives of regional and international partner institutions of the Inter-American System and other institutional partners and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza, took place in San Salvador in the framework of the XLI OAS General Assembly.
The luncheon gathered the members of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) and representatives of other OAS partner institutions to discuss how their respective organizations can help contribute to the process leading up to the Sixth Summit of the Americas which will take place in Cartagena, Colombia in 2012, as well as to the fulfillment of the Summit mandates.
Participants exchanged their views on the region and the work of their respective institutions and expressed their interest in further collaboration with the OAS to attain common goals and objectives. 
Agenda
List of participants
Remarks by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia (Spanish only)
Notes on the working luncheon (Spanish only)
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Zoellick2011 Spring Meeting
World Back Group and International Monetary Fund
April 16-17
Washington D.C.
 

The annual spring meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund took place in Washington, D.C. from 16-17 April 2011. Several hundred officials from economic ministries and central banks, as well as finance leaders, journalists and civil society representatives participated in the meeting. This year’s meeting focused on the recovery of the global economy as well as the concern with fragile states in situations of conflict, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.Participants in the meeting focused on the persistent weakness in the global banking system and the head of a panel tasked with global financial reform after the 2008 crisis warned of “pockets of weakness” that need immediate repair. IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn highlighted the Spring Meetings as an opportunity to discuss the ongoing reform of the international monetary system and strengthen the financial sector. A group of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors twenty (G-20) member state’s finance ministers and central bank governors agreed upon a set of guidelines to measure potentially destabilizing imbalances in the global economy (link to full summary).

First MeetingThe First Meeting of the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy
April 14-15, 2011
Washington, DC

The first Meeting of the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy was held at the headquarters of the OAS on April 15, 2011. This Meeting, organized by International IDEA and hosted by the OAS through the Department of International Affairs, launched an official dialogue to strengthen cooperation among regional organizations on democracy and related issues. OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza together with International IDEA Secretary General Vidar Helgesen opened the informal dialogue with the heads of Regional Organizations, namely Mr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union (AU); Mr. Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary General of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF); Ms. Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed, Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC); Ms. Mely Caballero-Anthony, Director of External Relations Directorate of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); Ambasador Hussein Hassouna of the League of Arab States (LAS); and Mr. László Deák, Political Counselor of the European Union (EU) Commission Office in Washington D.C. (link to the full summary).

Annual Meeting2011 IDB-IIC Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors
March 25-28, 2011
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Fifty-second Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Twenty-sixth Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, from 25-28 March 2011. The Ministers of Finance, Presidents of Central Banks, and other high-level authorities of the member countries participated in the meeting, as well as more than 3,000 delegates from member countries. The five day meeting included seminars on business opportunities and development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean in areas such as infrastructure, trade, natural resources and information technology. The IDB also released a study entitled “One Region, Two Speeds? Challenges of the New Global Economic Order for Latin America and the Caribbean” on opportunities and challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean after the global recession, and called for the region to seize the opportunity to implement policies that will generate sustainable economic growth.(link to the full summary).

ASG and Council of Europe representativeMeeting between Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Ramdin and Deputy Secretary
General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio of the Council of Europe
March 3, 2011
Washington, DC OAS Headquarters
 

The Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, met with Deputy Secretary General Albert Ramdin at the OAS headquarters on March 3, 2011. They discussed how to deepen institutional cooperation between the OAS and the Council of Europe and possible areas of expanded collaboration. The two organizations have ongoing cooperation in the promotion of democracy, human rights, security (cyber-security, terrorism financing, counter-terrorism legislation and conventions, border controls) and cyber-crime. Collaboration might be expanded to issues such as anti trafficking in persons, media freedom, women’s and children’s rights and internet governance. Ms. Boer-Buquicchio stated that the new Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Turban Jagland, is seeking enhanced interaction with key partner institutions and would like to increase cooperation with the OAS. Ambassador Ramdin also responded that it was the appropriate time to take collaboration between the two organizations to the next level (link to the full summary).

OSCE Winter Meeting10th OSCE Winter Meeting
February 24-25
Vienna, Austria, 2011
 

The tenth OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Winter Meeting of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) took place at the Hofburg Congress Centre, in Vienna, Austria from February 24-25, 2011. More than 250 Parliamentarians from 55 countries, including OSCE Mediterranean Partners, participated in this Winter Meeting. During the meeting a special session was held on the situation in the Mediterranean region in light of events in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere. The OSCE Chairperson, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audroius Ažubalis, highlighted the commitment made in the Astana Commemorative Declaration and said that the OSCE is providing assistance to Egypt and Tunisia for the building of democratic institutions in the Maghreb region. Both Egypt and Tunisia are OSCE Partners for Co-operation. Debate also took place on the subject of “Immigration, Integration and Multi-Ethnic Dialogue in the OSCE (link to the full summary)

AU conference16th African Union Summit
January 24-31, 2011
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Heads of States and Government of the African Union held their 16th Summit from 24 to 31 January 2011 at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. More than 30 African Heads of State and Government participated under the theme “Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values”. During the Summit they discussed peace, security and stability on the continent and focused their attention on the situation of particular countries, namely the political crisis in the Ivory Coast and Gabon, the social unrest in Tunisia and Egypt, the post-referendum reconstruction in Sudan and the deteriorating situation in Somalia. Mr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the AU Commission, stated that the organization expects to see positive change in those countries soon (link to the full summary).

IEFThird International Economic Forum of LAC
January 24, 2011
Paris, France

The 3rd International Economic Forum of Latin America and the Caribbean was held on January 24, 2011 in Paris, France. The Forum was co-organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Development Center of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry (MINEFI). Leaders from public and private sectors came together to discuss the region’s economic performance and share proposed solutions to its development challenges under the theme of “Finding new factors of growth in a world of shifting wealth”. The purpose of this Forum was to allow for political and business leaders to assess the economic prospects for Latin America and the Caribbean after the severe economic crisis of the past two years (link to the full summary).