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July 10 | Lima, Peru

Beyond Borders: Regional Security Strategies
Interparliamentary Meeting

INFOBULLETIN (in Spanish)


June 25 | Asuncion, Paraguay

Towards Parity: Strengthening Women’s Political Participation in Paraguay

May 25 | Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda

Parliamentary Engagement in the Gender Equality Forum and 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

AGENDA – Official Side-Event to SIDS Conference

RESOURCES


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 13 | Virtual

Tips and Tools for Research to Inform Evidence-Based Climate Action
Meeting of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Staff Network on Climate Change and Sustainability

March 12 | Washington, D.C., United States of America

ParlAmericas Parliamentary Delegation to Washington, D.C.

March 6 | Virtual

Meeting of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Staff Network on Open Parliament

March 5 | Virtual

Regional Meeting of Women of Political Parties

December 14 | Virtual

Current Legislative Experiences in the Governance of Artificial Intelligence

December 5 | Virtual

A Virtual Seminar for Women Parliamentarians of the Americas and the Caribbean on the Defence, Peace, and Security Agenda

December 4 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Parliamentary Engagement at COP28

COMMUNICATION #1

COMMUNICATION #2

MEETING RECORDINGS

ParlAmericas side event and networking space

December 4 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Escazú Agreement and ACE: Strengthening environmental democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean

December 5  | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
COP28: Latin American legislative perspectives for effective and inclusive climate action

Virtual Participation

LEARN MORE

Key resources for parliaments

Recent reports on the state of climate change


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)


October 31 | Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

October 31 | Gros Islet, Santa Lúcia

Diálogo com multiatores: Igualdade de gênero e desenvolvimento sustentável

October 25 | Panama City, Panama

UNFCCC Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week 2023: “Upscaling Renewable Energy Deployment for the Good of All: The Role of Legislators”

September 28 | Mexico City, Mexico

A Food Secure Future: Building People and Planet-centred Strategies
7th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network on Climate Change and 15th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality

RESOURCES

PRESENTATIONS

ELECTION ADVISORIES

Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality (PNGE)
Parliamentary Network on Climate Change (PNCC)

During the 7th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network on Climate Change (PNCC) and the 15th Gathering of the Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality (PNGE), elections will be held for certain positions on the Networks’ Executive Committees and for the host parliament of the next gathering. Nominations received can be found below.

PNCC Executive Commitee nominations

PNCC Presidency

PNCC Vice-Presidency – North America

PNCC Vice-Presidency – South America

PNCC Vice-Presidency – Caribbean

PNGE Executive Committee nominations

PNGE Presidency

PNGE Vice-Presidency – North America

PNGE Vice-Presidency – South America

PNGE Vice-Presidency – Central America

PNGE Vice-Presidency – Caribbean


August 23 | San José, Costa Rica

Building Networks of Sisterhood to Promote Gender Equality

August 17 | Panama City, Panama

The Role of Youth in Strengthening Democracy: Building a Just and Inclusive Future

August 16 | Panama City, Panama

Towards Equality: More Women Shaping Politics

August 16 | Virtual Meeting

2nd Meeting of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Staff Network on Climate Change (PNCC – Staff)

August 10 | Brasilia, Brazil

Open and Inclusive Parliaments: Experiences and Strategies in Latin America

July 11 | Virtual Meeting

Towards Effective Environmental Governance: Access to Information, Participation, and Justice

June 15 | Virtual

Virtual Parliamentary Exchange on Artificial Intelligence and Digital Rights

May 30 | Virtual Meeting

Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Parliaments from an Intersectional Perspective

PRESENTATION


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

March 1 | Virtual Meeting

Mobilizing Parliaments to Address Climate Migration: Virtual Learning Lab within the Framework of the VIII Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean

February 24 | Virtual workshop

Strengthening the Legislative Advocacy of Feminist Organizations in Latin America: Processes, Tools, and Experiences

November 30 | Bogota, Colombia

Legislative Perspectives for Inclusive Economic Growth: Investing in the Care Economy
19th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly and the 14th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality

RESOURCES ON CARE ECONOMY

RESOURCES ON PARLIAMENTARY DIPLOMACY

INFO BULLETIN

During the Plenary Assembly, elections will be held for certain positions on the Board of Directors. Nominations received can be found below.

  • Representative of North America

BRIEFING NOTE; CARE WORK


November 6 | Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Parliamentary Engagement at COP27 and Side Events

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Parliamentary Meetings
Virtual Participation
Many pavillions at COP27 have recordings of their events:
Visit the full list of pavilions for more.
LEARN MORE
Key Resources for Parliaments
Background Information on COP27 and Current Climate State

October 6 | Lima, Peru

High-level Parliamentary Dialogue | Consolidating the Full Political Participation of Women: Building Consensus

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

September 9 | Virtual Meeting

Effective Engagement in Parliamentary Processes | A series of virtual workshops for women’s organisations in the Caribbean – Workshop 1: Parliamentary Advocacy

July 5 | Virtual Meeting

Realizing our Green Future: The Road to Low Emissions
6th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network on Climate Change

During the 6th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network on Climate Change, elections was held for the Network’s vice-presidency for Central America and for the host parliament of the next gathering. Nominations received can be found below.


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

April 6 | Virtual Meeting

Towards a Circular Economy: A Workshop for Parliamentarians and Parliamentary Staff of Trinidad and Tobago

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


December 10 | Virtual Meeting

Rebuilding the Social Contract
18th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly

ACCOUNTABILITY REPORTS

  • President of ParlAmericas, Senator Blanca Ovelar (Paraguay)
  • President of the Open Parliament Network (OPN), Member of the Chamber of Deputies Javier Macaya Danús (Chile)
  • President (2019-2021) of the Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality (PNGE), Member of the Chamber of Deputies Maya Fernández Allende (Chile)
  • President of the Parliamentary Network on Climate Change (PNCC), Senator Rosa Galvez (Canada)

During the Plenary Assembly, elections will be held for certain positions on the Board of Directors. Nominations received can be found below.


November 29 | Virtual meeting

18th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly (Dialogue with Civil Society and Youth Representatives)

November 26 | Virtual meeting: Inter-parliamentary Dialogue

18th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly: Rebuilding the Social Contract

October 4 | Virtual Meeting

Bolstering Social Protection beyond COVID-19: What the Data Tells Us
13th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network For Gender Equality

During the 13th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality, elections will be held for the Network’s Executive Committee and for the host parliament of the next gathering. Nominations received can be found below.


September 22 | Virtual meeting: Parliamentary Dialogue with Civil Society and Youth Representatives

13th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network For Gender Equality. Bolstering Social Protection beyond COVID-19: What the Data Tells Us

September 13 | Virtual meeting: Inter-parliamentary Dialogue

13th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network For Gender Equality. Bolstering Social Protection beyond COVID-19: What the Data Tells Us

August 18 | Virtual Meeting

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

July 19 | Virtual Meeting

1st Gender Equality Staff Network Meeting

June 25 | Virtual Meeting

Addressing Inequalities to Enable Climate Ambition: A Just Transition to Achieve the Paris Agreement
5th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network on Climate Change

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


June 15 | Virtual meeting: Dialogue with Civil Society and Youth Representatives

5th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network on Climate Change. Addressing Inequalities to Enable Climate Ambition: A Just Transition to Achieve the Paris Agreement

RESOURCES


June 4 | Virtual meeting: Inter-parliamentary Dialogue (Working Session)

5th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network on Climate Change. Addressing Inequalities to Enable Climate Ambition: A Just Transition to Achieve the Paris Agreement

RESOURCES


March 26 | Virtual Meeting

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

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


February 8 | Virtual Meeting

Building a Coordinated Caribbean Position for CSW65

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 27 | Virtual Gathering

Circular Economy
17th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly

RESOURCES

ACCOUNTABILITY REPORTS

  • President of ParlAmericas, Member of the National Assembly Elizabeth Cabezas (Ecuador)
  • President of the Open Parliament Network (OPN), Senator Blanca Ovelar (Paraguay)
  • President of the Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality (PNGE), Member of the Chamber of Deputies Maya Fernández Allende (Chile)
  • President of the Parliamentary Network on Climate Change (PNCC), Member of the National Assembly Ana Belén Marín (Ecuador)

November 16 | Virtual gathering

17th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly: Circular Economy (Day 1)

PRESENTATION

RESOURCES


November 13 | Virtual Meeting

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

RESOURCES


October 2 | Virtual Meeting

Designing Inclusive Futures in Partnership with Youth
12th Gathering of the Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality

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


August 17 | Virtual Meeting

Legislative Actions for the Conservation of Marine Biodiversity in the Coastal Waters of the South Pacific

RESOURCES

PRESENTATIONS (in Spanish)

July 22 | Virtual Meeting

Gender-Responsiveness and Disaster Resilience during the COVID-19 Crisis (in English)

July 10 | Virtual Meeting

Build Back Better: A Green and Sustainable Economic Recovery

PRESENTATION

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)

February 10 | Bridgetown, Barbados

Building a Coordinated Position for Caribbean Negotiations on Beijing +25

December 4 | Panama City, Panama

1st Meeting of Parliamentary Staff Network on Open Parliament

RESOURCES

 

PRESENTATIONS BY PARLIAMENTS
EXPERT PRESENTATIONS
INTERNATIONAL PANEL

October 30 | Asuncion, Paraguay

Accelerating Progress on Agenda 2030, Good Practices for Parliamentary Action
16th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly

PRESENTATIONS Session 1: Examining regional progress in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals from the parliamentary perspective:

Session 2: From words to action – Case studies on how parliaments have adapted and are making progress to achieve the 2030 Agenda:

Session 3: Gender equality: An essential condition for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals:

Session 4: Encouraging partnerships and collaborative work for a sustainable future:

RESOURCES

During the Plenary Assembly, elections will be held for certain positions on the Board of Directors. Nominations received can be found below.


August 8 | Paramaribo, Suriname

Advancing Climate Action through Legislation and Parliamentary Oversight
4th Gathering of the Parliamentary Network on Climate Change

PRESENTATIONS Keynote address

Special Presentations

Session 1: Outcomes of COP 24 (Poland) and Preparations for COP25 (Chile)

  • Outcomes of COP24. Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer of the CCCCC and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island Nations
  • COP25 Chile 2019. Iván Flores, President of the Chamber of Deputies (Chile)

Session 2: Taking Climate Action and Building Resilience through the Power of Legislation

Session 3: Overcoming the Obstacles and Seizing Opportunities for Implementing Carbon Market and Non-Market Mechanisms

Session 4: Raising Ambition and Accessing Climate Financing

RESOURCES

During the gathering, elections will be held for certain positions on the Network’s Executive Committee and for the host parliament of the next gathering. The results were the following:

President
Vice President – Central America

June 18 | Cidade do México, México

11o Encontro da Rede Parlamentar para a Igualdade de Gênero

RECURSOS

Publicações

Recursos on-line


June 18 | Mexico City, Mexico

Achieving Balance in the World of Work
11th Gathering of the Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES

Publications

Online resources

During the gathering, elections were held for certain positions on the Network’s Executive Committee. The results were the following:


March 12 | Quito, Ecuador

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

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


November 19 | Bridgetown, Barbados

Parliamentary-Civil Society Dialogue | Transformational Leadership for Gender Equality in the Caribbean: Regional Strategies and Partnerships

PARTNER BRIEFING PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES Women’s political leadership

Gender and sustainable development

Inclusive legislative work

Gender-based violence and discrimination


October 4 | Panama City, Panama

Fostering Climate Action in the Americas and the Caribbean: The Role of Parliaments within the Climate Agenda
3rd Gathering of the Parliamentary Network on Climate Change

RESOURCES

PRESENTATIONS

Assessing the impact of disasters: current scenarios and trends in the Americas. Raul Salazar, Chief of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
(UNISDR) Secretariat for the Americas.

September 10 | Victoria, Canada

Promoting Inclusive Societies for Sustainable Development
15th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly

PRESENTATIONS


Training Session on Parliamentary Budget Consultations AGENDA PHOTO GALLERY  PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES

During the 15th Plenary Assembly, elections were held for certain positions on the Board of Directors and for the host parliament of the next Plenary. The results of the election were the following:


May 22 | Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

10th Gathering of the Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality: Gender-Responsive Climate Action

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES

Following the elections held at the gathering, the composition of the Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality Executive Committee is as follows:

  • President:
    • Member of the Chamber of Deputies Karina Banfi (Argentina)
  • Vice-President – North America:
    • Senator Mobina Jaffer (Canada)
  • Vice-President – Central America:
    • Member of the Legislative Assembly Norma Cristina Cornejo (El Salvador)
  • Vice-President – Caribbean:
    • President of the Senate Chester Humphrey (Grenada)
  • Vice-President – South America:
    • Member of the National Assembly Karina Arteaga (Ecuador)
    • Alternate: Member of the Chamber of Deputies Marcela Sabat (Chile)
  • Observer:
    • Member of the National Assembly Delsa Solórzano (Venezuela)

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)

February 22 | Panama City, Panama

Dialogue on Disaster Risk Reduction

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES


January 24 | Kingston, Jamaica

Inter-parliamentary Meeting: Partnerships to Transform Gender Relations

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES Session 1: Comprehensive approaches to address gender inequality

Session 2: Effective strategies for engaging men

Session 3: Media and cultural agents

Session 4: Advancing legislative reforms for workplace equality: Critical moments for change


November 21 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES


November 15 | Medellin, Colombia

14th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly: Parliamentary Actions to Promote Responsible Political Discourse

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES

LIST OF DELEGATES


Training Session | Navigating Information: Online Research Practices to Support Parliamentary Work

November 15, 2017 PHOTO GALLERY RESOURCES

AGENDA

During the Plenary Assembly, several seats on the Board of Directors were open for election. The results of the election were the following:


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


August 3 | Panama City, Panama

2nd Gathering of the Parliamentary Network on Climate Change: Renewable Energies

SPECIAL REMARKS: Claudia de Windt, Senior Legal Specialist in the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organziation of American States (OAS) (in Spanish). PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES

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


May 29 | Lima, Peru

Co-creation Meeting: International Standards for Lobby Regulation

May 23 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

9th Gathering organized by the Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality. Women’s Empowerment: Social and Political Responses

During the 9th gathering organized by the Group of Women Parliamentarians, the​ president, two​ vice-presidents of the ​Group’s ​executive committee, and the host for the next gathering ​were elected: 


May 22 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

Men as Allies in Parliamentary Work for Gender Equality

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

January 12 | Santiago, Chile

3rd Parliamentary Forum on Beijing+20: Gender Equality and the Media

PRESENTATIONS

OTHER RESOURCES


December 6 | Mexico City, Mexico

13th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly: Strengthening Parliaments and Building Resilient Societies to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Several seats on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Group of Women Parliamentarians were open for election. The results of the elections were the following:

  Presidency   – Marcela Guerra, Senator, Mexico
  Vice Presidency   – Robert Nault, MP, Canada
  North America (3 seats open)   – Canada – Mexico
  Central America (1 seat open)   – Nicaragua
  The Caribbean (2 seats open)   – Jamaica – Trinidad and Tobago
  South America (2 seats open)   – Chile – Ecuador
  Host Parliament – 14th Plenary Assembly   – Colombia
  Vice Presidencies GoWP (2 seats open)   – Claudia Nogueira, MP, Chile – Mobina Jaffer, Senator, Canada

* The members of the Board of Directors must be active members of their respective Chambers. A Board Director cannot simultaneously hold office as a Cabinet minister in the executive branch of his/her government. ** According to Resolution 34-03, ratified at the 11th Plenary Assembly, Parliaments will need to remain current with their membership due payments to run for and retain a seat on the Board. Payment receipt for the current year must be confirmed by the International Secretariat the day prior to the election.


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

October 20 | Ottawa, Canada

Parliamentary Exchange: Multi-party Caucuses for Gender Equality

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)  


September 12 | Antigua, Guatemala

Parliamentary Gathering for Central America: The Electoral Journey of Women Candidates

August 3 | Panama City, Panama

Parliamentary Action to Stop Climate Change

PRESENTATIONS

RESOURCES DISTRIBUTED BY UNEP

RESOURCES – BACKGROUND INFORMATION

For general information on climate change and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, please visit the following link (UNFCCC). INAUGURAL SPEECHES


June 2 | Quito, Ecuador

8th Annual Gathering organized by the Group of Women Parliamentarians: Diversifying Political Power to Build Inclusive Societies

May 26 | Asuncion, Paraguay

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

PRESENTATIONS

OPENING REMARKS

PANELLISTS BIOGRAPHIES


January 26 | Castries, Saint Lucia

Gender-based Political Harassment: Building Awareness in Parliaments

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?”

 


September 3 | Panama City, Panama

12th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly: Legislating for Prosperity with Equity

June 11 | Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina

7th Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians: Action Plan for Preventing Political Harassment and Violence Against Women

Theme: Action Plan for Preventing Political Harassment and Violence Against Women


April 10 | Panama City, Panama

Parliamentary Gathering on the occasion of the VII Summit of the Americas: Legislative Transparency

Hosts: The Latin American Parliament (Parlamento Latinoamericano) and ParlAmericas

Theme: Legislative Transparency


September 26 | Santiago, Chile

10th Meeting of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (held during the 11th Plenary Assembly)

THEME  Women’s Healthcare

PRESENTATIONS

Women’s Healthcare: From Mother to Woman with Rights – Dr. Paulina Troncoso [Spanish only]

La Conferencia Internacional de Población y Desarrollo: su impacto y su futuro – María Antonieta Alcalde [Spanish only]


September 25 | Santiago, Chile

11th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly: Mainstreaming Sustainability

Working Group 1: “Open Parliament”

Experts: Cristiano Ferri Faria (Laboratorio Hacker), María Baron (Fundación Directorio Legislativo)

Working Group 2: “Post-2015 Development Agenda: Legislative Perspectives”

Experts: Carlos de Miguel (ECLAC), Claudia S. de Windt (OAS)

Meeting of the Group of Women Parliamentarians, Women’s Healthcare

Experts: Dr. Paulina Troncoso (Ministry of Health, Chile), María Antonieta Alcalde (International Planned Parenthood Foundation / Western Hemisphere Region)


June 24 | Mexico City, Mexico

6th Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians

SESSIONS

Session 1 – Achievements in Guaranteeing Equality: Experiences Promoting Legislation and Programs Benefiting Women

Session 2 – Barriers to Real Equality

Strategic Planning – Bridging the Gap: Parliamentarians as Agents of Change


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 22 | San Jose, Costa Rica

10th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly: Economic Development

OBJECTIVES

  • To discuss the topics of food security, natural resources development, and connecting women’s rights to food security
  • To develop recommendations for the hemisphere’s parliaments with the guidance of experts

WORKING GROUPS 1. Natural Resources Development 2. Food Security Meeting of the Group of Women Parliamentarians: Connecting Women’s Rights to Food Security


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.”


May 16 | Paramaribo, Suriname

5th Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (2013)

OBJECTIVE

  • To develop strategies for increasing the political participation and leadership of women in the Americas, and provide legislators with tools for passing laws that are reflective of women’s issues from the region

Session 1: Women Presidents of National Legislatures Session 2: Leadership and Political Participation of Women of African Descent Session 3: The Effects of Women’s Participation in Politics

ARTICLES


February 25 | Bogota, Colombia

Workshop 6: Parliaments and Extractive Industries (South America)

Theme: How to Improve Oversight and Increase Collaboration Presentations

  • Extractive industries and transition post-extraction in Latin America (Carlos Monge – Introduction) (Spanish)
  • Parliaments and extractive industries (Fernando Patzy – Introduction) (Spanish)
  • The role of parliament with regard to extractive industries (Fernando Patzy – S1) (Spanish)
  • Roles of parliament: legislation, supervision and representation (Manuel Briceño – S1) (Spanish)
  • Current status of prior consultations in South America: the case of Colombia (Gloria Rodriguez – S2) (Spanish)
  • Contracts, grants and tax regimes (Fernando Patzy – S3) (Spanish)
  • Parliaments: strengthening governance and transparency in extractive industries (Lisa Bhansali – S3) (Spanish)
  • Management of income derived from extractive industries (Carlos Monge – S4) (Spanish)
  • Adjustments to the primary extractive export model (Carlos Monge – S5) (Spanish)
  • Presentation of the Executive Power of the Gran Porte Mining Law Project (LMGP, as per its acronym in Spanish), Uruguay (Carlos Baráibar – S5) (Spanish)
  • Transitions: post-extractivism and alternatives to extractivism in Peru (Alejandra Alayza – S5) (Spanish)

Participation of Parliamentarians and Guest Speakers (Spanish)

Objectives of the meeting: to offer a space where parliamentarians and experts in the subject matter can discuss the roles and actions of national legislatures with respect to extractive activities and to increase regional knowledge and best practices with regards to the extractive sector in South America, and possibilities of parliamentary cooperation.

Sessions

  • S1. Parliamentary Roles: Legislation, Supervision and Representation
  • S2. The Current State of the Right to Prior Consultation in South America
  • S3. Types of Contracts, Tax Regime and Transparency
  • S4. Managing Revenues from Extractive Activities
  • S5. Superior or alternative models of development

August 30 | Panama City, Panama

9th ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly

Objectives of the meeting: to discuss the topics of weak rule of law, the economic crisis, and climate change, with the guidance of experts from eight countries of the Americas, and to develop recommendations for the hemisphere’s parliaments.


August 30 | Panama City, Panama

8th Meeting of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (held during the 9th Plenary Assembly)

Host: Panama Theme: Financial Crisis and its Effects on Women in the Region

Objectives of the meeting: to reflect upon the economic crisis and its impact on women, to identify the unique characteristics of women as vulnerable subjects in an economic crisis, to define the social and historical context giving rise to the economic crisis, as well as its financial components, and to identify potential Government policies to protect women and support them in an economic downturn.


May 9 | Valparaiso, Chile

4th Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (2012)

THEME

Citizen Security for Women: A Parliamentary Task

OBJECTIVE

  • To discuss strategies for incorporating concrete mechanisms of protection for women into the national public safety policies of countries in the Americas

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.


September 8 | Asuncion, Paraguay

7th Meeting of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (held during the 8th Plenary Assembly)

THEME

Gender Perspective on Citizen Security

OBJECTIVE

  • To undertake an analysis of new forms of violence against women – expressed as femicide, the feminization of poverty and migration, the trade of women and girls or illegal trafficking, as factors which contribute to the deterioration of citizen security and that affect all women in the hemisphere

September 8 | Asuncion, Paraguay

8th Plenary Assembly

Theme: Citizen Security

Objectives of the meeting: to discuss different aspects of citizen security, including the role of human rights and development, transnational crime prevention, and disaster risk management, and to develop recommendations for the hemisphere’s parliaments.

Articles


June 30 | Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

3rd Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (2011)

OBJECTIVE

  • To discuss key issues such as women’s leadership and empowerment in politics; migration and afro-descendants; the challenges of the democratic system to ensure gender equality in political participation; and the situation of female politicians in the Caribbean

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.


November 17 | Mexico City, Mexico

6th Meeting of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (held during the 7th Plenary Assembly)

THEME

Progress, Difficulties and Challenges With Respect to Political and Electoral Participation by Women

OBJECTIVE

To discuss issues related to the current situation of women’s participation in politics, family issues they face, as well as their roles, and the issue of confidence in their abilities and the right to act as political representatives of men and women


November 17 | Mexico City, Mexico

7th Plenary Assembly

Theme: New Challenges for the Americas in the 21st Century

Objectives of the meeting: to discuss a number of challenges facing the Americas, including preparation and response to disasters and emergency situations, regional security and transnational crime, and the participation of civil society in democracy, and to develop recommendations for the hemisphere’s parliaments.

Working groups

  • WG1. Preparation and Response to Natural and Human-Made Disasters and Emergency Situations
  • WG2. Regional Security and Transnational Crime
  • WG3. Participation of Civil Society in the Strengthening of Democracy
  • Group of Women Parliamentarians. No discrimination and interculturality

Inauguration. Statement by Adriana González (Mexico), member of the Executive Committee of ParlAmericas (Spanish)


August 11 | Quito, Ecuador

2nd Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (2010)

THEME

Women in Power: Challenges for the 21st Century

OBJECTIVE

  • To further develop women parliamentarians’ political skills from a gender and human rights perspective 

 

The meeting agenda was developed based on the current scenario in the Americas and the status of women’s rights, under the following topics: Exercising Power: The Experience of a Woman Politician; The Current Situation of Women’s Rights in the Americas: A Critical Look at National Legislatures; and Women Politicians and the Media.


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.


September 13 | Ottawa, Canada

6th Plenary Assembly

Theme: Prosperity and Cooperation: A New Agenda for the Americas

Objectives of the meeting: To discuss different aspects of prosperity and cooperation in the Americas, including  the global economic and financial crisis, the issue of food security and challenges related to international migrations and human rights, and to develop recommendations for the hemisphere’s parliaments.

Working groups

  • WG1. Financial and Economic Crisis
  • WG2. Food Security
  • WG3. International Migrations and Human Rights
  • Group of Women Parliamentarians. Towards a Gender-Sensitive Legislative Agenda for Development in the Americas

September 13 | Ottawa, Canada

5th Meeting of te Group of Women Parliamentarians (held during the 6th Plenary Assembly)

THEME

Prosperity and Cooperation: A New Agenda for the Americas

OBJECTIVE

To discuss how to eliminate or reduce the disparity in the number of women engaged in the political process


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

April 2 | Port-au-Prince, Haïti

2nd Parliamentary Mission to Haiti by the Group of Women Parliamentarians

OBJECTIVES

  • To build capacity and accompany women candidates to the 2009 legislative and municipal elections in Haiti
  • For FIPA delegates to participate as speakers and mentors in a round table with candidates of various political parties, addressing issues such as campaign financing, communication strategies, parliamentary roles and responsibilities, and the incorporation of a gender perspective to the programs of political parties

November 20 | Bogota, Colombia

1st Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (2008)

THEME  Towards a Gender-Sensitive Legislative Agenda for Development in the Americas

OBJECTIVE

  • To discuss how to achieve a gender-sensitive legislative agenda for development in the Americas, including current economic and gender policies, social and environmental policies, political and electoral reforms from a gender perspective, as well as the implications of the international crisis for the Americas

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.


November 20 | Bogota, Colombia

4th Meeting of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (held during the 5th Plenary Assembly)

Host: Colombia

Objectives of the meeting: to carry out the 2007-2008 work plan of the Group of Women Parliamentarians.


November 19 | Bogota, Colombia

5th Plenary Assembly

OBJECTIVES

  • To look at the role of parliamentarians in trade and integration policies, the implementation of poverty reduction strategies, and the fight against drug trafficking
  • To develop recommendations for the hemisphere’s parliaments

WORKING GROUPS

  • WG1. Trade, Integration and Development Polices in the Americas
  • WG2. Strategies to Reduce Poverty and Inequality
  • WG3. The Fight against Drug Trafficking
  • Group of Women Parliamentarians

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.


September 11 | Port-au-Prince, Haïti

1st Parliamentary Mission to Haiti by the Group of Women Parliamentarians

OBJECTIVE

  • To promote the participation of Haitian women in the electoral process by encouraging them to register on electoral lists and to run as candidates in the legislative elections taking place in November 2005

May 20 | Brasilia, Brazil

3rd Meeting of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (held during the 4th Plenary Assembly)

OBJECTIVES

  • To analyze the results of the regional forums on women’s leadership and the strengthening of democracy held in Bridgetown, Barbados, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, in order to prepare a work plan for the Group of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas
  • To share the recommendations and commitments of the parliamentarians of the Americas with the Heads of State and Government who will meet at the 4th Summit of the Americas (November 4–5, 2005 in Mar del Plata, Argentina)

May 19 | Brasilia, Brazil

4th Plenary Assembly

OBJECTIVES

  • To discuss the role of parliamentarians in the fight against terrorism, the FTAA process, and the external debt
  • To develop recommendations for the hemisphere’s parliaments

WORKING GROUPS

1. Confronting the Threat of Terrorism

2. The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)

3. External Debt as a Factor Affecting Economic Growth and Quality of Life

4. Group of Women Parliamentarians


April 6 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

2nd Regional Forum of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (Central & South America)

THEME

 Enhancing Women’s Leadership to Strengthen Democracy

OBJECTIVES

  • To improve the ability of parliamentarians to implement gender-equality policies through the exchange of experiences and best practices
  • To assess progress in the area of women’s leadership in the region while identifying tools to enhance their participation in decision-making venues
  • To make recommendations to FIPA’s Plenary Assembly ahead of the 4th Summit of the Americas (Mar del Plata, Argentina, November 4-5, 2005), which will focus on the theme of creating employment to confront poverty and strengthen democratic governance

March 20 | Bridgetown, Barbados

1st Regional Forum of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (Caribbean & North America)

THEME

Enhancing Women’s Leadership to Strengthen Democracy

OBJECTIVES

  • To create a forum for women parliamentarians of the Americas to advance the regional gender-equality agenda for shaping the direction and character of emerging societies of the 21st century
  • To build the capacity of parliamentarians to promote and implement gender-equity policies, through the sharing of experiences and best practices
  • To assess the advancement of women thus far and identify key growth areas and tools for their participation in leadership and decision making
  • To submit recommendations to the Plenary Assembly of FIPA, looking ahead to the 4th Summit of the Americas

April 2 | Valparaiso, Chile

2nd Meeting of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (held during the 3rd Plenary Assembly)

OBJECTIVE:

– To discuss democratic governance and public policies with a gender perspective


April 1 | Valparaiso, Chile

3rd Plenary Assembly

OBJECTIVES

  • To discuss the role of parliamentarians in the fight against terrorism, the FTAA process, and the harmonization of hemispheric tax systems, and to develop recommendations for the hemisphere’s parliaments.

WORKING GROUPS

1. Confronting the Threat of Terrorism

2. Formalizing Parliamentary Involvement in the FTAA Negotiations

3. Fiscal Systems in the Americas: Assessing the Need for Coordinated Tax Reforms

4. Group of Women Parliamentarians


May 21 | Mexico City, Mexico

1st Meeting. Group on Terrorism

Objectives of the meeting: to establish a representative working group that can make concrete contributions on the topic of terrorism and lay the foundation to develop concerted political solutions to fight it.


February 21 | Panama City, Panama

1st Meeting of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (held during the 2nd Plenary Assembly)

OBJECTIVE:

– To discuss the creation of the Group of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas


February 20 | Panama City, Panama

2nd Plenary Assembly

THEME

Challenges and Opportunities for Hemispheric Integration

OBJECTIVES

  • To discuss challenges and opportunities for hemispheric integration, including the Summit of the Americas process
  • To discuss the importance of the International Criminal Court, the process of negotiating the FTAA, international cooperation to combat terrorism, the work of the OAS in consolidating the democratic process in the Americas
  • To discuss the scope of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and to develop recommendations for the hemisphere’s parliaments

WORKING GROUPS 1. The Interaction of Tax Policy and Trade, Economic Growth, and Social Development 2. The Impact of Economic and Financial Crises in the Region 3. The Free Trade Area of the Americas Negotiations 4. Group of Women Parliamentarians


March 14 | Mexico City, Mexico

1st Plenary Assembly

THEME

Security in the New Millenium: The Role of Legislators in Enhancing Security in the Hemisphere

OBJECTIVES

  • To discuss security in the new millennium and the role of legislators in ensuring greater security in the hemisphere
  • To develop recommendations for the hemisphere’s parliaments

WORKING GROUPS

  • Legal Instruments for Security Matters
  • The Issue of Organized Crime
  • Migration and Frontiers
  • Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)

 


March 7 | Ottawa, Canada

Inaugural Meeting

OBJECTIVES

To consider a motion to constitute the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas (FIPA)
To discuss a number of subjects under the theme of Strengthening Democracy, Creating Prosperity, and Realizing Human Potential
To elect the chair of FIPA and the sub-regional countries for the Executive Committee, as well as the host of the next meeting

PARTICIPATION

111 delegates from the national legislatures of 26 member countries of the Organization of American States