Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG)
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the world’s oldest regional organization and constitutes the principal forum of debate in the Hemisphere on political, security, judicial, and social issues. At the core of the OAS mission is an unequivocal commitment to democracy, as expressed in the Inter-American Democratic charter. Building on this foundation, the OAS works to promote good governance, strengthen human rights, foster peace and security and address the complex problems caused by poverty and inequality, crime and corruption. Through the ongoing Summits of the Americas process, the region’s leaders have entrusted the OAS with a growing number of responsibilities to help advance the countries’ shared vision and promote greater inter-American cooperation and understanding. Today, the OAS is comprised by the independent states of the Americas and has granted permanent observer status to 63 states, as well as the European Union.
OAS Contact Info | OAS Website
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, with a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency and accountability. By partnering with clients, the IDB seeks to eliminate poverty and inequality, and promotes sustainable economic growth. The Bank supports clients in the design of projects, and provides financing, technical assistance and knowledge services to support development interventions. The IDB focuses on empirical evidence for making decisions and measuring the impact of these projects to increase its development effectiveness.
IDB Contact Info | IDB Website
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. ECLAC works closely with the region’s countries in the comprehensive analysis of the development process. ECLAC’s mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of expertise, advisory services and training, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. The Commission also functions as a forum for dialogue among the region’s countries and stakeholders on the problems and opportunities facing Latin America and the Caribbean.
ECLAC Contact Info | ECLAC Website
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with more than 100 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the specialized organization for health off the Inter-American System. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO) and enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system. The Organization’s essential mission is to strengthen national and local health systems and improve the health of the peoples of the Americas, in collaboration with Ministries of Health, other governments and international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, universities, social security agencies, community groups, and many others.
PAHO Contact Info | PAHO Website
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is the international organization of the Americas specializing in agriculture and rural well-being. It is the only agency of the Inter-American System focused on those areas that provides technical cooperation, innovation and specialized knowledge to promote the competitive and sustainable development of agriculture in the Americas and the improvement of the life of rural inhabitants in its member countries.
Since its founding, in 1942, IICA has provided its Member States the vast experience it has gained in technical cooperation in the areas of technology and innovation for agriculture, agricultural health and food safety, agribusiness, agricultural trade, rural development and training. (More...)
IICA Contact Info | IICA Website
The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) is the leading source of multilateral financing for the integration and development of Central America. CABEI’s strategic focal points are based on the fight against poverty, regional integration and the competitive insertion of Central America in the global economy. The Bank has been a pioneer in the backing of social programs and has brought support to the private sector, including micro, small and medium sized enterprises.
CABEI Contact Info | CABEI Website
The Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) is a multilateral financial institution whose mission is to promote regional integration and the sustainable development of its 17 Member Countries. It serves the public and private sectors, providing multiple financial services to a broad customer base composed of the governments of shareholder countries, public and private companies, and financial institutions.
CAF Contact Info | CAF Website
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is a regional financial institution that contributes to the harmonious economic growth and development of its member countries in the Caribbean and promotes economic cooperation and integration among them, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed member of the region. The CDB assists member countries in optimizing the use of their resources, promotes private and public investment and provides technical assistance to its 18 Regional Members.
CDB Contact Info | CDB Website
The World Bank (WB) is an international financial institution that provides low-interest loans, interest-free credits and grants to developing countries for a wide array of purposes that include investments in education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture and environmental and natural resource management. The WB is made up of two unique development institutions owned by 187 member countries; the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Each institution plays a different but collaborative role in advancing the vision of inclusive and sustainable globalization. The IBRD aims to reduce poverty in middle-income and creditworthy poorer countries, while IDA focuses on the world’s poorest countries.
WB Contact Info | WB Website
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental partners. With 132 member states and 17 observer states, the Organization works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration issues and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced persons. Currently, IOM’s staff of 6,690 works on more than 2,000 projects in more than 100 countries around the world providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
IOM Contact Info | IOM Website | IOM Publications
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the only tripartite U. N. agency with government, employer and worker representatives. This tripartite structure makes the ILO a unique forum in which the governments and social partners of the economy of its 183 Member States can freely and openly debate and elaborate international labour standards, programmes and policies promoting Decent Work for all. The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthening social dialogue on work-related issues. The ILO also addresses global key issues such as the global economic crisis through the recently adopted Global Jobs Pact, the social protection floor initiative, realizing the Millennium Development Goals and promoting social justice and a fair globalization. The Organization won the Nobel Peace Prize on its 50th anniversary in 1969.
ILO Contact Info | ILO Website
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The organization has country offices in 166 countries, where it works with local governments to meet developmental challenges and develop local capacity. UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively and provides expert advice, training, and grant support, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. Additionally, the UNDP works internationally to help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Headquartered in New York City, the UNDP is entirely funded by voluntary contributions from member nations. Across Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP helps countries build and share their own solutions to urgent development challenges, supporting coalitions for change and connecting individuals and institutions so they can share knowledge, experience and resources. As countries develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of regional and global partners.
UNDP Contact Info | UNDP Website
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