The WGPSS is a mechanism responsible for analyzing the national reports provided for in the San Salvador Protocol. This Group became operational in 2010 - following the parameters established in resolution AG/RES. 2262 (XXXVII-O/07) - with the designation of all the experts, and was entrusted with the task of developing progress indicators. Its current members are:

Type of representationNameCountryDate appointed
Government ExpertsJuan Pablo DelgadoMexicoDecember 7, 2022
Government ExpertsJohanna CortésColombiaDecember 7, 2022
Government ExpertsSantiago GuayasamínEcuadorDecember 7, 2022
Government ExpertsMaría José MéndezParaguayNovember 29, 2023
Independent ExpertAlberto CoddouChileDecember 7, 2022
Independent ExpertGersán JosephPanamaSeptember 27, 2018
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Social, Cultural, and Environmental Rights
Javier Palummo 

WGPSS Technical SecretariatBetilde Muñoz-Pogossian

WGPSS Technical SecretariatSara Mia Noguera

WGPSS Technical SecretariatMariana Herrera

The Protocol of San Salvador is the additional protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights to ensure Economic Social and Cultural Rights. It was adopted in 1988 and entered into force in 1999.

The rights contemplated in the Protocol are: right to social security, right to health, right to education, right to work and union rights, right to adequate food, right to a healthy environment, and right to the benefits of culture.

National Reporting System and Support to States Parties

The States Parties present periodic reports regarding the progressive measures they have adopted to ensure the guarantee of ESCER following qualitative and quantitative progress indicators that allow an evaluation of objective information on the rights contemplated in the Protocol. This methodology for measuring compliance with State obligations also allows evaluating progress in the design and implementation of public policies. These reports are evaluated by the Working Group of the Protocol of  San Salvador (WGPSS), which sends them its recommendations and comments. In this way, a support system is established that aims to ensure the advancement of compliance with ESCER in the region with a focus on equity and social justice.

It has been ratified by 18 States: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.





Objectives
  • Analyze the reports of the States Members 
  • Prepare observations and recommendations on compliance with ESCER 
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance to States Members 
  • Promote the fulfillment of ESCER in the region 
Activities
  • Examine and analyze the national reports
  • Train and provide technical assistance to States and civil society on ESCER
  • Support States Members in their efforts to protect ESCER and fulfill their obligations established in the Protocol of San Salvador
  • Prepare publications, studies and guides
  • Hold two regular sessions per year
  • Organize meetings with States Members and civil society to promote compliance with the rights contemplated in the Protocol
Beneficiary Countries
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Argentina
Barbados
Barbados
Belize
Belize
Bolivia
Bolivia
Brazil
Brazil
Canada
Canada
Chile
Chile
Colombia
Colombia
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Cuba flag
Cuba
Dominica
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Ecuador
El Salvador
El Salvador
Grenada
Grenada
Guatemala
Guatemala
Guyana
Guyana
Haiti
Haiti
Honduras
Honduras
Jamaica
Jamaica
Mexico
Mexico
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
Panama
Panama
Paraguay
Paraguay
Peru
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Suriname
The Bahamas
The Bahamas
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
United States of America
United States of America
Uruguay
Uruguay
Venezuela
Venezuela
More Publications
Publications
July, 2023
Study on the regional situation of the right to culture in Latin America
Available only in Spanish
January, 2019
Guide for the operationalization of the indicators of the San Salvador Protocol from a transversal LGBTI perspective
Available only in Spanish
February, 2022
Guide for the Operationalization of the Indicators of the San Salvador Protocol from a Transversal View of Indigenous Peoples
Available only in Spanish
May, 2015
Progress indicators for measuring rights contemplated in the San Salvador Protocol
Available only in Spanish
June, 2018
Working group for the analysis of the national reports provided for in the San Salvador Protocol
Available only in Spanish
June, 1998
Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights : “Protocol of San Salvador”
Team
Juan Pablo Delgado
President of the WGPSS and Government Expert
Johanna Cortés
Vice President of the WGPSS and Government Expert
Santiago Guayasamín
Government Expert
Alberto Coddou
Government Expert
Gersán Joseph
Independent Expert
María José Méndez
Government Expert
Sara Mia Noguera
WGPSS Technical Secretariat
Mariana Herrera
WGPSS Technical Secretariat
Javier Palummo
Special Rapporteur for Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)
Strategic Partners