About the Summits of the Americas

1. What are the Summits of the Americas?

The Summits of the Americas are periodic meetings that bring together the thirty-four democratically elected Heads of State and Government of the Americas to discuss and make decisions on issues of relevance for the region.

2. How many Summits of the Americas have taken place? When and where?

  • Four Summits plus two Special Summits of the Americas have taken place.
  • First Summit of the Americas, Miami, Florida, December 9-11, 1994.

• Summit of the Americas on Sustainable Development, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, December 7-8, 1996.

  • Second Summit of the Americas, Santiago, Chile, April 18-19, 1998.
  • Third Summit of the Americas, Quebec City, Canada, April 20-22, 2001.
  • Special Summit of the Americas, Monterrey, Mexico, January 12-13, 2004.

• Fourth Summit of the Americas, Mar del Plata, Argentina, November 4-5, 2005.

3. Who participates in the Summits of the Americas?

The participants of the Summits of the Americas are the Heads of State and Government of the thirty-four Member States of the OAS and their delegations. In addition, the heads of the member institutions of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) participate as observers.

4. What are the institutions comprising the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG)?

The Organisation of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Bank (WB), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Institute for Connectivity in the Americas (ICA).

5. When and where is the next Summit of the Americas?

The Fifth Summit of the Americas will be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on April 17-19, 2009.

6. What is the main objective of the Summits of the Americas Process?

To analyze and discuss the problems and challenges that the Americas face in order to jointly seek solutions and improve the quality of life of the citizens of the Americas. The Summits of the Americas Process is a commitment to hemispheric integration and national and collective responsibility for improving the economic well-being and security of our people – (Quebec City Declaration).

Reproduced from the Fifth Summit of the Americas Web site.

     

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