CIC Provides Input to Canada’s Summit of the Americas Platform

Mar 20, 2018 | Expert Update

CIC Senior Fellow Fernando Chinchilla served as the CIC representative for Global Affair’s Canada’s consultations with civil society organizations on democratic governance against corruption, which will inform Canada’s engagement in the Eighth Summit of the Americas process on April 13 and 14, 2018. Canada’s current priorities in the Americas include: advancing democratic governance, promoting inclusive growth and supporting human rights, including the rights of women and other vulnerable groups. All of these interests can be undermined by the corrosive impact of corruption, which distorts markets, diverts public resources, bolsters criminal groups, weakens legal systems, damages public institutions, and impedes social development.

About the Summit of the Americas

The Summit of the Americas is held every three years, bringing together the Heads of State and Government of the 35 countries of the Americas. It is the only hemispheric, leader-level regional forum that includes Canada and the United States. The upcoming Summit also provides an opportunity for active exchange among member states and civil society organizations, private sector, and youth from across the region.

The Summit includes discussions of shared goals and priorities, and provides guidance for action by Inter-American institutions. It is a highly valued platform for Canada to engage with countries of the Hemisphere, and to advance our foreign policy, trade and development priorities in the region.