Foreign Minister, Paula Gopee-Scoon, has announced that
the fifth Summit of the Americas will he hosted in T&T
on April 17, 18 and 19, 2009.
Gopee-Scoon disclosed the summit dates to delegates at a
meeting of the ministerial summit implementation Review
Group (SIRG) meeting in Medellin, Colombia on Monday. T&T
will be the first Caribbean country to host the Summit.
Gopee-Scoon chaired the SIRG meeting, which was held on
the margins of the 38th General Assembly of the Organisation
of American States (OAS).
The meeting was intended to give the minister an opportunity
to update her hemispheric colleagues on plans to host the
She said among the new approaches to the process would be
introduction of a declarative statement identifying the
specific challenge or priority, followed by a resolution
statement describing the way in which the problem should
be addressed and a mandate statement outlining the commitment
to specific targets and to the actions to meet those targets.
She said the T&T Government wanted to avoid a broad-brush
approach, adding that as far as is possible, we must
set out very specific measures that can make a real difference
in the years ahead.
She also said in recognition of that fact that there will
be difficulty setting very specific targets for some important
areas such as the environment, the Fifth Summit must
reinforce existing commitments and strengthen our resolve
to work towards future international agreements such as
those being developed under the Bali Road Map.
Speaking at the opening of the General Assembly, OAS Secretary-General,
Jose Miguel Insulza, said the fifth summit will be held
at a time of unprecedented political stability in the hemisphere.
The Summit of the Americas will bring together the 34 democratically
elected leaders of the Western Hemisphere to exchange ideas
and opinions on the main political, economic, social and
security challenges facing the hemisphere and to develop
strategies and solutions to collectively