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Summit of the Americas to be held April 17-19

 
 
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T&T’s 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 summit.

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

address them.

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