Persons in charge of the presentations:
Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS and Chair of the JSWG
Ambassador Michael G. Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, United States Department of State
Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary (ECLAC)
Luis Felipe López Calva, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Latin American and the Caribbean (UNDP)
Angel Gurría, Secretary General (OECD)
Victor Rico, Secretary General (CAF)
Vinícius Pinheiro, Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (ILO)
Robert Taliercio, Practice Manager, Public Sector Group, Governance Global Practice in Latin America and the Caribbean, (World Bank)
Beverly Best, Director, External Relations and Institutions (IICA)
In light of the need for a continued coordinated institutional response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Americas, the Secretary General of the OAS jointly with the Director of PAHO, called the Fourth Meeting of High Authorities of the JSWG on the Impact of COVID-19 in the Americas to be held on Monday, September 14 at 11:00 am (EST)
This meeting will be held as a follow-up to the three previous meetings of High Authorities of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) on the Impact of COVID-19 in the Americas, in which the members of the JSWG agreed to meet periodically to ensure continuous coordination on the matter and update shared information that shows an overview of the Inter-American community actions in support of the countries of the region.
During the JSWG High Level Authorities meeting, the Chair of Summits Process will be represented by Ambassador Michael G. Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Office for the Western Hemisphere, United States Department of State. This meeting is presented as an opportunity to start regional discussions for the Ninth Summit of the Americas, for which the entities of the JSWG will be asked to bring to light the main challenges and opportunities in the regional development strategies, to face the vulnerabilities that are presented without any prejudice to the reflection on the impacts on governance associated with COVID-19.
The JSWG is an organ of the Summit of the Americas Process; It is a horizontal technical cooperation mechanism that allows continuous dialogue and close coordination of the Inter-American system to guarantee the effectiveness and efficiency of the implementation and follow-up of the mandates of the Summits of the Americas. The Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) comprises the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Bank, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABIE), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).