March 30, 2005
The Tulane Institute of Environmental Law and Policy is co-sponsoring an internet-based public forum designed to provide citizen input to the next Presidential Summit of the Americas. This November, President Bush will participate in the Summit with 33 countries from the Western Hemisphere in Argentina. The forums will be open for discussion April 4 - May 6 and are accessible via
The Institute is a co-organizer of the public forum, which begins on April 4 and will include sessions on eight issues ranging from education to peace building. Tulane has prepared a background paper for participants, and will facilitate the sessions on "Sustainable Development and Environment." Results of the virtual dialogue will be reported by the Institute and its partner organizations to a meeting of secretaries of state and ministers of foreign affairs prior to the Summit.
According to the United States State Department, the online forum offers non-government organizations a way to "voice their concerns and tackle provocative issues related to regional development." The forums cover eight themes: Indigenous Peoples, Transparency/Anti-Corruption, Sustainable Development/Environment, Peace Building, Citizen Participation, Education, Democracy and Political Parties, and Labor.
In addition to reporting to senior foreign policy officials from Western Hemisphere states, the strategies developed as a result of these virtual forums will be shared with government delegations at an upcoming Summit Implementation Review Group meeting and at the Organization of American States’ General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in June.
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