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  April 25, 2003

Ambassador Jorge Valero, the Venezuelan Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), was elected today as Chairman of the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI). The election took place during the one-day Eighth Regular Meeting of the Council, the OAS subsidiary body that handles partnership for integral development in the Americas.

Expressing appreciation for the support, Ambassador Valero stressed that combating poverty must be at the heart of hemispheric efforts. “In that regard,” he noted, “the Special Summit of the Americas in Mexico later this year will discuss the subject matter.” He said this also underscores the importance of the upcoming Inter-American Forum on Poverty, Equity and Social Inclusion to be held in Caracas, Venezuela, in October.

Valero was nominated by Chile’s Ambassador, Esteban Tomic, who praised the Venezuelan diplomat’s efforts to focus the OAS on giving greater priority to the social agenda. The nomination was seconded by the delegations of Saint Lucia, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, after which Valero was elected by acclamation.

Pointing to the initiative by the Hemisphere’s heads of states at their meeting in Monterrey, Mexico, in April 2001 for more resources for development financing, Director General of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development Ronald Scheman said, “The OAS and the CIDI have a special responsibility and opportunity in this regard to reformulate the hemispheric consensus and to institute new and more dynamic means to accelerate social development.” He went on to state: “Our responsibilities for various ministerial meetings that serve the social sectors give us a unique role in this regard among the international institutions that serve the countries.”

The Inter-American Council for Integral Development was established when the Managua Protocol entered into force—on January 29, 1996. It is composed of representatives of all the member states, and is mandated to promote cooperation among the Hemisphere’s nations towards integral development, with particular emphasis on helping to eradicate extreme poverty, in accordance with the OAS Charter.

Reference: E-092/03