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  November 17, 2003

The Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD), the technical cooperation arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), along with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), will host a conference to review the hemispheric consensus to tackle poverty.

The conference will be held at PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, November 19, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The meeting is being called to recommend new and more dynamic means to accelerate development, among international institutions.

It will bring together leading experts on the Americas to address social agenda issues centered on democratic institutions, fostering broad consensus on the issues. The representatives of governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, civil society and other international organizations will discuss such issues as articulating social and economic policies; primary education for all; inequities and exclusion in health; improving the situation of rural populations; and improving the democratic infrastructure.

L. Ronald Scheman, Director General of the IACD, will introduce the panel leaders which include José Romero Teruel of PAHO; Mark A. Meassick of IICA; Elizabeth Spehar, Executive Coordinator of the OAS Unit for the Promotion of Democracy (UPD); and Doug Cassel of Due Process of Law Foundation, among the chairs of panels on a variety of subjects.

WHAT: Conference: Elements of A New Consensus to Confront Poverty in the Americas

WHEN: November 19, 2003

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

VENUE: PAHO Headquarters

Reference: AVI-075/03