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OAS Convenes Social Stakeholders and Experts to Offer Recommendations for Summit of the Americas

  November 1, 2011

The Organization of American States (OAS) will host on November 3 and 4 the first “Policy Dialogue on the Road to Cartagena,” a forum through which social stakeholders and experts on the subjects for debate will offer recommendations to the Heads of State and Government from the hemisphere who will attend the Sixth Summit of the Americas in April 2012. This first dialogue will focus on two of the Summit’s thematic axes: natural disasters, and poverty and inequality.

Private sector representatives, youth, civil society organizations and indigenous peoples, among other social stakeholders, will meet in working groups during both days of the Dialogue at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC. This Dialogue has been preceded by an online debate on the two subjects on the Website of the Summits Virtual Community of the OAS Summits Secretariat.

Also on Friday, November 4, from 10:00 to 12:00 EDT (14:00 to 16:00 GMT), the XXXV Policy Round Table will be held, titled, “The Road to Cartagena: Hemispheric Cooperation to Reduce Poverty and Inequality.” Among the participants are Nancy Birdsall, President of the Center for Global Development (CGD); George Gray Molina, Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); and Elsa Mata, Executive Director of “CE-Mujer” in the Dominican Republic. The event will feature welcoming remarks from Sherry Tross, Summits of the Americas Executive Secretary, and closing remarks from Ambassador Luis Alfonso Hoyos, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the OAS. The presentations by the panelists will be followed by a question and answer session.

At the end of the two-day Dialogue, the working groups will present conclusions and recommendations on the two thematic axes to be directly sent to the Summits Implementation Review Group (SIRG), the body in which all Member States of the OAS are represented and which is charged with negotiating the mandates to be adopted at the Summit of the Americas.

More information on the “Policy Dialogues on the Road to Cartagena” is available here.

The Policy Round Table will be broadcast directly on the OAS Website.

WHAT: “Policy Dialogue on the Road to Cartagena” on natural disasters and inequality

WHEN: November 3 and 4, 2011. The Round Table will be held November 4 from 10:00 to 12:00 EDT (14:00 to 16:00 GMT)

WHERE: OAS Main Building
17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Reference: AVI-241/11