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OAS Assistant Secretary General Visits Colombia in Preparation for the 2012 Summit of the Americas

  March 15, 2011

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Albert Ramdin, addressed Western Hemisphere Think Tanks gathered in Bogota, Colombia, this week, on potential themes for the 2012 Summit of the Americas to be hosted by the government of Colombia.

The meeting, organized by the Inter-American Dialogue, FEDESARROLLO and FOCAL, was opened by Assistant Secretary General Ramdin, along with the Foreign Affairs Minister of Colombia, Maria Angela Holguin, and the Ambassador of Canada in Colombia, Genevieve des Rivieres.

The high-ranking OAS official welcomed civil society mechanisms such as the Western Hemisphere Think Tank Initiative in fostering cooperation, consultation, and consensus towards the Summit. Assistant Secretary General Ramdin stressed that, “If we want to develop our countries and create stable societies we need to involve all stakeholders in the decision-making process and design meaningful consultation mechanisms.”

The OAS Assistant Secretary General added that Summits of the Americas remain a unique vehicle to promote unity and solidarity and build trust and confidence among countries in the region.

In preparation for the 2012 Summit, the Inter-American Dialogue President Emeritus Peter Hakim, along with FEDESARROLLO´s Director, Roberto Steiner, and FOCAL representatives, introduced the Summit Think Tank Initiative to the Colombian Summit team and provided their views on themes of interest for the VI Summit of the Americas.

“Whichever theme is adopted by the Government of Colombia and the OAS Member States, the Summit has to be a relevant undertaking that advances collective solutions for a higher quality of life for all citizens, with more equality, greater security, and increased democratic governance,” said the OAS Assistant Secretary General.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

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Reference: E-569/11