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July 10 | Lima, Peru

Beyond Borders: Regional Security Strategies
Interparliamentary Meeting

INFOBULLETIN (in Spanish)


May 8 | Asuncion, Paraguay

Building Partnerships to Strengthen Democracy and Promote Human Rights
20th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly & 8th Gathering of Open Parliament Network

During the 20th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly and 8th Gathering of the Open Parliament Network, elections will be held for certain positions on the Board of Directors, the OPN Executive Committee, and the host parliament of the next gathering. The nominations received can be found below.

Board of Directors

Representative of South America

Representative of Central America

Representative of the Caribbean

Open Parliament Network (OPN)

OPN Vice-Presidency – South America

OPN Vice-Presidency – Caribbean

MEETING RECORDING – Day 1
MEETING RECORDING – Day 2
MEETING RECORDING – Day 3


March 22 | Virtual

The Future of Work and Labour Rights: Challenges and Opportunities of Artificial Intelligence
Part of a dialogue series organized by the ParlAmericas Digital Caucus

PRESENTATION

RESOURCES


March 6 | Virtual

Meeting of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Staff Network on Open Parliament

December 14 | Virtual

Current Legislative Experiences in the Governance of Artificial Intelligence

November 29 | Bogota, Colombia

Legislative Transparency Measurements and Tools: Opportunities for Parliamentary Openness

INFO BULLETIN (in Spanish)

RESOURCES

MEETING RECORDING (Day 1)

MEETING RECORDING (Day 2)


August 10 | Brasilia, Brazil

Open and Inclusive Parliaments: Experiences and Strategies in Latin America

June 15 | Virtual

Virtual Parliamentary Exchange on Artificial Intelligence and Digital Rights

April 20 | Santiago, Chile

The Future of Democracy in the Digital Era
7th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network

During the 7th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network, elections will be held for certain positions on the Network’s Executive Committee and for the host parliament of the next gathering. Nominations received can be found below.


March 24 | Virtual Meeting

5th Meeting of the Parliamentary Staff Network on Open Parliament

September 28 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Interparliamentary Meeting: Promoting Legislative Openness in the Region, an activity within the framework of the Open Americas Regional Conference

September 15 | Virtual Meeting

Working Meeting on Digital Transformation, hosted by the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Staff Network on Open Parliament & Bússola Tech

June 7 | Los Angeles, United States of America

Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future
The Parliamentary Gathering on the occasion of the IX Summit of the Americas

June 1 | Virtual Meeting

High-level dialogue on the occasion of the IX Summit of the Americas: Promoting multilateralism through parliamentary diplomacy

March 22 | Virtual Meeting

Integrity Matters: Building Stronger Democracies
6th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network

During the 6th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network, elections will be held for certain positions on the Network’s Executive Committee and for the host parliament of the next gathering. Nominations received can be found below.


March 15 | Virtual Meeting

6th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network | Integrity Matters: Building Stronger Democracies (Inter-parliamentary session)

March 9 | Virtual Meeting

6th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network | Integrity Matters: Building Stronger Democracies (Parliamentary Dialogue with Civil Society and Youth Representatives)

January 28 | Virtual meeting

4th Meeting of the Parliamentary Staff Network on Open Parliament

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES


December 14 | Virtual Event

Parliamentary Day on the margins of the 2021 OGP Global Summit, hosted by OPeN

Note: Agenda also available in Russian.

RESOURCES


August 18 | Virtual Meeting

Interparliamentary Dialogue | Canada – Central America Celebrating 60 Years of Diplomatic Relations: The Important Role of Interparliamentary Cooperation

March 26 | Virtual event: Plenary Session

5th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network: Countering Disinformation to Promote Responsible Public Discourse

PRESENTATION

During the 5th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network, elections will be held for certain positions on the Network’s Executive Committee and for the host parliament of the next gathering. Nominations received can be found below.


March 22 | Virtual event

3rd Meeting of the Parliamentary Staff Network on Open Parliament

PRESENTATIONS Panel on Technological Innovation in Parliaments

Presentation of the Open Data Hub

  • Open Data Innovation HubPatricia Almeida (Brazil), Coordinator of Innovation and Digital Strategy of the Chamber of Deputies and Coordinator of the Open Data Center.

Working Group: Artificial Intelligence in Parliaments

Working Group: Maximizing resources to modernize parliament, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association – United Kingdom (CPA-UK)

Working Group: Cybersecurity in parliaments

RESOURCES


March 15 | Virtual event: Working Session

5th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network

PRESENTATIONS Working Group 1: Addressing the gendered dimensions of disinformation

Working group 2: Ensuring data protection and securing electoral integrity

Working Group 3: Collaborating with the news media sector and promoting ethical algorithms

RESOURCES


January 29 | Virtual meeting

Experiences of Legislative Modernization in Latin America: Adaptation, Innovation, and Citizen Participation in the Legislative Process (in Spanish)

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES


January 22 | Virtual Meeting

2nd Meeting of the Parliamentary Staff Network on Open Parliament (in Spanish)

RESOURCES

 
PRESENTATIONS (in Spanish)

November 13 | Virtual Meeting

Experiences of Legislative Modernization in Latin America: Virtual Session for Parliamentarians from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

RESOURCES


October 1 | Virtual Meeting

Transparency is not in Quarantine: Launch of the Legislative Transparency Toolkit (in Spanish)

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES


August 21 | Virtual Meeting

Strengthening Oversight of Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic (in Spanish)

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES


May 1 | Virtual Meeting

Virtual Parliamentary Sittings during the COVID-19 Pandemic (in English)

April 16 | Virtual Meeting

Organizing Virtual Parliamentary Sessions during the COVID-19 Pandemic (in Spanish)

December 4 | Panama City, Panama

1st Meeting of Parliamentary Staff Network on Open Parliament

RESOURCES

 

PRESENTATIONS BY PARLIAMENTS
EXPERT PRESENTATIONS
INTERNATIONAL PANEL

March 12 | Quito, Ecuador

4th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network: Beyond the Walls of Parliament, Strengthening Parliamentary Oversight

PRESENTATIONS Session 1: Towards a systemic transformation to counter corruption

Session 2: Strengthening parliamentary oversight to promote openness and counter corruption

Session 3: Applying openness practices to advance sustainable development

RESOURCES

During the gathering, elections were held for the Open Parliament Network Executive Committee. The result of the election was the following:

  • Vice-President – Caribbean:
    • Senator Ranard E. Henfield (Bahamas)

January 24 | San Jose, Costa Rica

Meeting on Open Parliament in Costa Rica

RESOURCES Costa Rican Open Parliament  Action Plans and commitments

Reports and resources on the progress of open parliament in Costa Rica

ParlAmericas’ resources and other international publications


December 6 | Santiago, Chile

Co-creation Meeting: Guide to Develop an Open Parliament Action Plan

December 5 | Santiago, Chile

Reunião para os funcionários do parlamento: planos de ação de parlamento aberto

COUNTRY PRESENTATIONS

EXPERT PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES


April 11 | Lima, Peru

3rd Gathering of the ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network on the occasion of the VIII Summit of the Americas: Open States for Democratic Governance Against Corruption

Following the elections held at the gathering, the composition of the Open Parliament Network Executive Committee is as follows:

  • President:
    • Senator Blanca Ovelar (Paraguay)
  • Vice-President – North America:
    • Member of Parliament Randy Boissonnault (Canada)
  • Vice-President – Central America:
    • Member of Parliament Marvin Orellana (Guatemala)
  • Vice-President – Caribbean:
    • Senator Saphire Longmore (Jamaica)
  • Vice-President – South America:
    • Member of the Chamber of Deputies Javier Macaya Danús (Chile)
    • Alternate: Senator Andrés García Zuccardi (Colombia)
  • Observer:
    • Member of the National Assembly Williams Dávila (Venezuela)

November 21 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

Parliamentary Meeting: Parliament’s Role in the Open Government Partnership

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES


October 16 | Ottawa, Canada

Study Visit on Legislative Openness

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES


September 7 | Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

2nd Co-creation meeting: Citizen Participation Toolkit

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES


September 6 | Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Workshop: Strengthening Accountability through Fiscal Transparency Practices

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES


May 29 | Lima, Peru

Co-creation Meeting: International Standards for Lobby Regulation

April 20 | Bogota, Colombia

Workshop: Building Trust between Parliaments and Citizens

April 19 | Bogota, Colombia

Co-creation Meeting: Toolkit on Citizen Participation

RESOURCES


March 16 | San José, Costa Rica

2nd Gathering of the Open Parliament Network: Strengthening the Ties between Citizens and Legislatures

PRESENTATION MEDIA

DECLARATION OF SOLIDARITY WITH PERU PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES

INAUGURAL SPEECHES

During the 2nd Gathering of the OPN, the four vice-presidents of the OPN executive committee were elected:


March 15 | San José, Costa Rica

Training Session: Maximizing the Use of Social Networks to Promote Citizen Participation

December 5 | Mexico City, Mexico

Training session in English: Maximizing the Use of Technology to Improve Communication with Constituents

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES


November 6 | Washington D.C., United States

Parliamentary Delegation Visit to the United States Elections

September 13 | Santiago, Chile

Study Visit on Legislative Openness

PRESENTATIONS

PRESS

RESOURCES

On Monday, September 12, 2016, legislators participating in the study visit will be part of a regional delegation of parliamentarians that will attend the I Regional Workshop on Open Budget, “Strengthening Legislatures’ Functions in the Budgetary Process”, organized by the Bicameral Group on Transparency of the National Congress of Chile and the World Bank. WORKSHOP AGENDA (in Spanish)  


May 26 | Asuncion, Paraguay

1st Annual Gathering of ParlAmericas’ Open Parliament Network: Road Map Towards Legislative Openness

PRESENTATIONS

OPENING REMARKS

PANELLISTS BIOGRAPHIES


October 29 | Mexico City, Mexico

Open Parliament Network Working Session – Open Government Partnership Summit

Open Parliament Newtwork meeting and OGP Summit Mexico 2015 panel: Efforts toward Parliamentary Openness Reform in the Americas

OPEN PARLIAMENT NETWORK – WORKING SESSION

ACTION PLAN 2016-2018 OF THE OPEN PARLIAMENT NETWORK – AREAS OF WORK

PANEL SESSION “LEGISLATIVE TRANSPARENCY REFORM EFFORTS IN THE AMERICAS – OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP SUMMIT

PAMPHLET: “WHAT IS OPEN PARLIAMENT?”

 


February 5 | Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Workshop 7: Strengthening Parliamentary Budget Oversight in the Caribbean – Phase 2

RESOURCES

Re-visioning Public Accounts Committees in Small Legislatures (discussion paper) Characteristics of Different External Audit Systems (discussion paper) Lima Declaration of Guidelines on Auditing Precepts / Mexico Declaration on SAI Independence (declaration)  PAC and SAI: “Partners” in the Accountability Process (presentation)

Understandin Parliamentary Oversight Committees and Relationships: Attributes of an Effective Public Accounts Committee (discussion paper)

OBJECTIVES

  • To build on the discussions about parliamentary budget oversight mechanisms and other key issues of concern to Public Accounts Committees (PACs) that took place during ParlAmericas’ Workshop 5
  • To provide a space for parliamentarians and Auditors General from the Caribbean to continue sharing best practices
  • To enhance practical skills related to auditing

SESSIONS

Day 1:

Overview of the Budgetary Cycle  (presentation)

Challenges and Practices: Public Accounts Committees in “Small” and “Large” Legislatures (presentation)

Day 2:

Supreme Audit Institution (SAI)-Parliament Cooperation (presentation)

Understanding Key Audit Products: Introductions to Regularity/Financial Statement & Value-for-Money Audit (presentation)

IN THE NEWS (original language)

Julius Espat takes lobby for PAC reform to hemispheric organization, ParlAmericas, 4 February 2014, Amandala, Belize.

Caribische landen willen versterking begrotingsproces, 6 February 2014, Starnieuws, Suriname.

Shaw wants PAC to examine contractor general reports, 6 February 2014, Gleaner, Jamaica.


August 21 | San Jose, Costa Rica

OAS Regional Seminar: Legislative Activity and New Alternatives in the Fight Against Drugs

OBJECTIVES*

  • To increase dialogue among parliamentarians, building on the release of the OAS comprehensive report The Drug Problem in the Americas
  • To discuss topics such as criminality, democracy, legislative agendas, the role of legislative institutions, and the importance of collaborative dialogue on these issues in the region

*This regional seminar is part of an ongoing project of the OAS: Strengthening the Capacities of Legislators from Central America, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. ParlAmericas is pleased to provide support for the project in the form of facilitating the participation of parliamentarians.

PARLAMERICAS DELEGATION ParlAmericas sponsored the participation of parliamentarians, including members of the Board of Directors. Secretary-Treasurer Germán Blanco spoke on the high-level panel “Drugs and collaborative dialogue between public authorities.”


April 9 | Cartagena, Colombia

Parliamentary Dialogue prior to the 6th Summit of the Americas

Who: ParlAmericas representatives from Canada, Mexico, Honduras, and Haiti.

Objectives of the meeting: to participate in an inter-parliamentary dialogue coordinated by the Andean Parliament, with the support of ParlAmericas.


February 9 | Washington DC, USA

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between ParlAmericas and the OAS

OBJECTIVE

  • To formalize a framework to enhance cooperation and interaction in areas of common concern, in particular: democracy, legal systems, and the rule of law

January 30 | St. John's, Antigua & Barbuda

Workshop 5: Strengthening Parliamentary Budget Oversight (Caribbean)

Host: Antigua Theme: Strengthening Parliamentary Budget Oversight Publication: Strengthening Parliamentary Oversight in the Caribbean

Objectives of the meeting: to discuss key issues faced by Public Accounts Committees (PACs), to share best practices from PACs in large and small Caribbean legislatures, to strengthen the relationship between Auditors General and PACs, to develop strategies to strengthen the independence of Auditors General, and to enhance regional knowledge sharing on budgetary oversight.


June 5 | San Salvador, El Salvador

OAS General Assembly 41

OBJECTIVES The FIPA delegation met with Secretary General Insulza, where both parties reiterated their desire to work together towards shared goals and discussed the drafting of a Memorandum of Understanding. The delegation also attended the General Assembly as observers.

FIPA DELEGATION:

  • Edmonde Supplice Beauzile, Senator, Haiti
  • Alberto Grillón Conigliaro, Senator, Paraguay
  • Member of the National Assembly, Linda Machuca Moscoso, Ecuador
  • Dr. Gina Hill, Director General, FIPA

March 31 | San Jose, Costa Rica

Workshop 4: Strengthening Parliamentary Budget Oversight (Central America)

Host: Costa Rica Theme: Strengthening Parliamentary Budget Oversight

Objectives of the meeting: to provide training to Parliamentarians from oversight committees in Central America, in areas including increased awareness of their roles in the budget process, improving the functioning of parliamentary committees conducting oversight over the spending of government funds, and improving the working relationships of legislatures with state audit institutions.


June 6 | Lima, Peru

OAS General Assembly 40

Objectives of the meeting: to adopt decisions on issues such as peace, hemispheric security and cooperation, democracy, human rights, freedom of expression, legal development, social development, terrorism, corruption, civil society, removal of anti-personnel landmines, combating the manufacturing of and illicit trafficking in arms, cooperation in dealing with criminal gangs, drug abuse control, natural disasters, trade, tourism, scholarships, disability, women, children, and indigenous peoples.

FIPA delegation

  • Adriana González Carillo, Senator, Mexico
  • Alberto Grillón, Senator, Paraguay
  • Rosemary Husbands-Mathurin, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Saint Lucia
  • Víctor Juliao, Member of the National Assembly, Panama
  • Linda Machuca, Member of the National Assembly, Ecuador
  • Emmanuelle Pelletier, Executive Secretary, FIPA

May 20 | Mexico City, Mexico

Workshop 3. The Doha Development Round

Theme: The Doha Development Round:  Challenges and Opportunities for the Region

Objectives of the meeting: to promote a better understanding of the multilateral trading system and the current state of play in the Doha Development Agenda negotiations, to provide a forum for participants to discuss and share ideas and opinions on the content of the negotiations and their possible impact on countries in the region as well as on other topics of regional interest, and to encourage open discussion on the potential role of parliaments, international organizations and trade in promoting development.


April 16 | Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Parliamentary Dialogue prior to the 5th Summit of the Americas “Engaging Parliaments in the Summits of the Americas’ Process”

Objectives: to explore the potential for deeper cooperation between parliaments and governments, toward advancing hemispheric goals set forth in the Declaration of Commitment of Port-of-Spain, to ensure that the Summit Process is more transparent and accountable, and that decisions made by Heads of States and Governments at the 5th Summit are implemented in a way that benefits the citizens of the Americas.

FIPA delegation

  • Luiz Hauly, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Brazil
  • Céline Hervieux-Payette, Senator, Canada
  • Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez Castañeda, President of the Senate, Colombia
  • Emmanuelle Pelletier, Executive Secretary, FIPA

November 6 | San Jose, Costa Rica

Workshop 2: Trade Liberalization

Theme: Trade Liberalization: The WTO, the Doha Round and Development Challenges

Objectives: to raise awareness about the multilateral trading system, to stimulate parliamentarians’ interest in these issues, and to inform them of the basic functioning of the WTO, the key items on the multilateral and regional trade agenda and the status of the Doha Development Agenda negotiations. The workshop also aimed to provide a forum for participants to discuss and share ideas and opinions regarding the content of the negotiations and their possible impact on countries in the region, and to encourage discussion of the potential role of parliaments and international organizations in trade and development.


June 1 | Medellin, Colombia

OAS General Assembly 38

Objectives of the meeting: the FIPA delegation expressed the organization’s desire to pursue discussions towards becoming the legislative partner of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the Americas.

FIPA delegation

  • Senator Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez Castañeda, Senate of Colombia
  • MP James Bezan, House of Commons of Canada
  • MP Mario Silva, House of Commons of Canada
  • MP Marcel Lussier, House of Commons of Canada
  • Emmanuelle Pelletier, Executive Secretary, FIPA

March 18 | Ottawa, Canada

Workshop 1: Trade Knowledge

Theme: Trade Knowledge

Objectives: to provide essential information on trade regulation and politics to parliamentarians in a manner that was relevant to their concerns and those of their constituents, and to provide a framework for dealing with poverty, development, social movements, and gender, among others, within the trade policy context.


October 28 | Mar del Plata, Argentina

Parliamentary Dialogue prior to the 4th Summit of the Americas

Theme: Creating jobs to fight poverty and strengthen democratic governance FIPA delegation

  • Stockwell Day, Member of Parliament, Canada
  • Don Boudria, Member of Parliament, Canada
  • Diane Ablonczy, Member of Parliament, Canada
  • Céline Hervieux-Payette, Senator, Canada
  • Emmanuelle Pelletier, Executive Secretary, FIPA

Objectives: reaffirm the commitment to fight poverty, inequality, hunger, and social exclusion in order to raise the standard of living of the peoples of the Americas and strengthen democratic governance in the Americas.