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  December 18, 2003

Students from the United States, Peru and Mexico today were declared winners of the an essay competition on the upcoming Special Summit of the Americas that will be held in Monterrey, Mexico, January 12 and 13.

The Organization of American States’ (OAS) Summits of the Americas Secretariat organized the contest to involve youth in the Summit process. The essays focused on the three topics the Special Summit will cover: economic growth with equity; social development; and democratic governance.

A total of 83 entries came in from 15 countries by the contest deadline, November 7. A nine-member international panel judged the entries for originality, relevance to the specified topics and novel approaches to problem-solving.

The winners are:

* For Economic growth with equity: “The Theater of Agriculture in the FTAA”
By: Matthew Lieber – United States (The George Washington University)

* For Social Development: “Social Development is Equity: Towards a distributive justice focus for development”
By: Stanislao Maldonado Zambrano – Peru (Universidad Mayor de San Marcos)

* For Democratic governance: “ Democratic governance in Latin America”
By: Andrea Ancira García – Mexico (Economic Research Studies Center)

The winning entries will be published on the Summits of the Americas Secretariat Website ( For prizes, the winners will be invited to participate in the Special Summit of the Americas, with roundtrip airline tickets from their country of residence and expenses covered for their stay in Monterrey.

“On behalf of the Summits of the Americas Secretariat and the contest judges, I would like to thank all the participants for their interest and the ideas they put forward to tackle the great challenges facing our region, said Irene Klinger, Executive Secretary of the Summits Secretariat. “Congratulations to the three winners for their creativity and seriousness, and for lending us their perspective on how to improve living conditions for the more 800 millions citizens of the Americas,” she added.

Reference: E-248/03