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|Fifth Summit of the Americas Bulletin 2|
Civil Society at the Fifth Summit of the Americas
April 14, 2009
The Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago is right around the corner. But first comes the Civil Society Forum in Port of Spain on April 14-15. This Forum carries on the tradition, started at the 2001 Summit in Quebec City, of bringing the hemisphere’s civil society together to discuss and debate how citizens’ and their governments can make a difference. Those ideas and recommendations are a vital part of the Summit process.
The Forum will look back at the pre-Summit consultation process in the Caribbean and Latin America and also how it included Afrodescendants through their own Inter-American Forum. The Forum will also focus on how civil society can build its own capacity to advocate for and support the implementation of the Fifth Summit’s commitments.
Both our Executive Director Carlo Dade and I will be in Trinidad & Tobago. FOCAL will be participating in the Forum as a resource organization to help facilitate discussion. Another Canadian voice also will be heard: The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Canada’s former prime minister, will be addressing the Forum by video.
We look forward to reporting back what we learn and how FOCAL will be following up the Fifth Summit declaration in Canada.
National Alliance: Voice of Canadians in Calgary, Vancouver meetings
Entrepreneurs, academics, students and civil society representatives met in Calgary on March 26 and Vancouver March 27 to discuss the Fifth Summit of the Americas. The discussion highlighted not only Canadians’ interest in Canada’s foreign policy in the Americas, but by the enormous need for the government to engage its citizens more with Canada’s number two foreign policy priority, after Afghanistan.
This is what Canadians were saying:
Canada and the Americas
Civil Society Participation
Civil Society Forum at the Fifth Summit of the Americas
The Fifth Summit of the Americas: What is Expected?
Event hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue, FOCAL’s sister organization in the United States, at the University of California Washington Center, as broadcasted on C-Span via Flash Video. It features Ricardo Lagos, former president of Chile; Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States; Luis Alberto Moreno, Inter-American Development Bank; and Mack McLarty, former Special Envoy for the Americas of the Clinton Administration.
Reports of the Hemispheric Think Tank Working Group 2009 Summit of the Americas
Will There Be Another Summit of the Americas? A Case for Reform
The Benefits of Implementing Trade Facilitation Measures in the Hemisphere: A Regional Forum
This is a joint project of FOCAL and the Inter-American Dialogue, with the support of the Canadian International Development Agency.
FOCAL’s Fifth Summit Follow-Up Project
Active Democracy: Citizen Network for the Implementation of Summit Mandates
Active Democracy: Citizen Network for the Implementation of Summit Mandates / Democracia Activa: red ciudadana por el cumplimiento gubernamental de las cumbres