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  September 18, 2007

The Organization of American States (OAS) will welcome more than 130 young leaders representing 25 countries, to hold discussions on several issues pertaining to the Inter-American Agenda. The symposium “Empowering the Future Leaders of the Americas,” which will be held at OAS headquarters September 19-20, will be complemented by a Special Session of the Permanent Council that will study the vision of the youth in the Americas.

This youth symposium will allow young people to discuss their ideas through interactive dialogues with representatives of inter-American agencies and OAS Departments, so they can make recommendations to the OAS Member States.

The opening ceremony will feature speeches by top OAS officials including Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza; Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Albert Ramdin; and the Minister of State, Health, Sports, and Youth Affairs, from Antigua and Barbuda, Winston Vincent Williams.

This is a joint initiative by Ambassador Deborah-Mae Lovell, Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the OAS, and the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT). Ambassador Lovell emphasized that “since the youth make up 65 per cent of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean, the future of the Member States is entirely dependent on its youth.”

Participants of the event include college students, young leaders, young professionals under the age of 35, as well as individuals with a focus on the inter-American system and youth development in the Americas who are interested in learning how an international organization such as the OAS functions; receiving knowledge and ideas that will benefit their professional careers; helping shape and prepare for the future of their countries and the world; gaining respect from their peers and elders by expressing their own personal goals; and giving voice to their aspirations.

There’s no participation fee, but registration is required. Please email [email protected] or (202) 458-6442 to obtain a registration form and detailed agenda or visit:

Thee event will be broadcast live at Participants should arrive between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.

Reference: AVI-038/07