OAS Ministerial meeting with civil society

Jennifer Jeffs, Senior Vice President, Canadian International Council and CIGI Deputy Executive Director and Senior Fellow

The Summit of the Americas ministerial meeting with civil society stresses issues of equality and the need for dialogue between government and civil society, particularly during this time of economic stress and turmoil to produce effective measures to protect the citizens of the hemisphere from the worst effects of the crisis.

Continued attention to human rights issues is called for by several countries including El Salvador and Colombia; perhaps a response to civil society calls for reintegration of Cuba into the summit process and the OAS.

The need for cooperation and partnerships for environmentally sustainable energy solutions is being stressed by Canada, which points to a Blueprint for an Energy Partnership, itself produced by a partnership of think tanks from Canada, Brazil, the U.S. and Trinidad.

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