Summit of the Americas

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¿What is the Summit of the Americas?

The Summit of the Americas is a regional meeting held ideally every two years. This instance brings together the leaders of the countries in the region to discuss policies and adopt collective measures to address future challenges.

¿How is the preparation of a summit organized?

Months in advance, representatives of participating governments work to establish shared priorities, needs, and concerns that can go from strengthening democratic systems to good governance.

The Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) performs pivotal work during this stage. This central body, composed of National Coordinators from each participant country, meets three times a year and is responsible for updating the foreign ministries of each country on the progress of the adoption of the last summit agreements.

Operating under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS), SIRG has two advisory bodies:

  • Governing Board: representatives of the countries that have hosted a Summit of the Americas participated in this instance.
  • Executive Council: is a regional representative group that evaluates, strengthens, and supports the follow-up of the summit initiatives.

Additionally, institutions such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) provide technical support to SIRG.

¿How does the private sector participate in the Summit of the Americas?

While the Summit of the Americas focuses on governments, the private sector has its forum known as the CEO Summit of the Americas.

Since both events occur in the exact location and almost simultaneously, it provides an excellent opportunity for public-private collaboration.

The CEO Summit of the Americas is the region’s leading business meeting. In its preparatory stage, the Americas Business Dialogue, an initiative led by the private sector and facilitated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), contributes with policy recommendations generated in the sectoral working groups. Each recommendation serves as input to make this platform of exposure and exchange a contribution to the sustainable development of the Americas.

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