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Ottawa, Canada, 23 September 2013
Following the widespread devastation and flooding caused by Hurricane Manuel, ParlAmericas sends its condolences to the government of Mexico for the tragic loss of life of dozens of individuals. ParlAmericas expresses its solidarity with the people of Mexico who have lost loved ones and continue to suffer due to damages in the aftermath of the hurricane.
Ottawa, Canada, 28 August 2013
Elections were held for positions on the Group of Women Parliamentarians Executive Committee last week during ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly 10 in San José, Costa Rica.
Dr. Jennifer Simons, Speaker of the National Assembly of Suriname, was elected as President of the Group by participating parliamentarians during the final session of the Plenary Assembly. Martha González Dávila, Member of the National Assembly of Nicaragua, was elected Vice-President within the Group’s sessions.
The Group of Women Parliamentarians brought a gender perspective to the plenary by organizing a Working Group on the topic of Connecting Women’s Rights to Food Security.
The recommendations developed in the Working Group sessions focused on encouraging legislative agendas and regulatory frameworks that promote a human rights approach in the struggle for food and nutrition security, with a special focus on women’s roles in the fight against hunger. They also encouraged greater harmony between the three branches of government in order to ensure non-discrimination against women in the administration of justice.
Dr. Jennifer Simons, newly elected President of the Group of Women Parliamentarians, explained, “We discussed the subject of food security, which is not guaranteed for many sections of our populations. In the meeting of the Group of Women Parliamentarians we focused on the challenges that women face, and recommended several strategies to the governments of the region in order to ensure women's access to all that is necessary to produce food and provide for their families. Once again we learned from one another and that is what ParlAmericas is about.”
Under this new leadership, the Group of Women Parliamentarians, the only permanent working group of ParlAmericas, will continue to increase its influence in mainstreaming gender in the legislative agenda of the parliaments in the hemisphere. The Group will begin to organize the next Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians to be held in mid-2014.
San José, Costa Rica, 24 August 2013
ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly 10, which convened more than 80 parliamentarians from 24 countries of North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America, ended this morning after the recommendations developed during a series of Working Group sessions were presented to the plenary as a whole.
Among the recommendations are the promotion of food and nutrition security as a high priority for states, and the development of land management plans that include a regulatory framework on mining operations which are consistent with environmental protection practices and standards.
“The most valuable outcome of this meeting was discovering that in all of these countries we have exactly the same problems that seem to be a consequence of the models we’ve implemented. And when we hear parliamentarians from all the Latin American countries – including the Caribbean and North America – we can practically hear one another’s speeches. This raises awareness among ourselves, allowing us to find new mechanisms and new models to move processes forward, especially on the topics covered," stated Ms. María Jeannette Ruiz Delgado, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica, host of this year’s Plenary Assembly.
The Plenary Assembly was also attended by expert presenters and observers from organizations including the World Bank, the Organization of American States, the Pan American Health Organization, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
During the final plenary session, elections were held and seats filled on the Board of Directors of ParlAmericas, for representatives from Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Mexico.
In the closing session of Plenary Assembly 10, it was furthermore established that Chile will host next year’s Plenary Assembly.
Paramaribo, Suriname, 17 May 2013
The Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians, "Women in Power: Recent Changes in the Political Arena", which gathered together more than 50 parliamentarians from 21 countries of North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America, ended this afternoon.
The meeting included working sessions with Jennifer Simons, Speaker of the National Assembly of Suriname, and Gisele Isaac-Arrindell, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Antigua and Barbuda (Session 1: Women presidents of national legislatures); Beatriz Ramírez Abella, Director of the National Women’s Institute of Uruguay – INMUJERES (Session 2: Leadership and political participation of women of African descent); Cynthia Barrow Giles, Senior lecturer in Politics at the University of the West Indies, from Saint Lucia (Session 3: The effects of women’s participation in politics); and key-note speaker Maureen Clarke Clarke, Minister of the Status of Women of Costa Rica.
Jennifer Simons, host of the Gathering and Acting President of the Group of Women Parliamentarians, stated that “the discussions are important but when we return to our countries, we have to translate the ideas into action plans and implement the actions we have marked as important for each of our countries.” During her closing remarks she also highlighted that the 10th Plenary Assembly of ParlAmericas will take place in Costa Rica (22-24 August 2013) and urged participants to join the meeting, that under the overarching theme of “Economic Development” will address “Natural resources development” and “Food security”. “I would like to see all of your countries there, because the way we will go about our economic development will prove to be important for the well-being of every group in our societies and in fact ultimately for the very survival of our societies and peoples.”
Paramaribo, Suriname, 16 May 2013
The Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians began this morning, with the theme of "Women in Power: Recent Changes in the Political Arena." The parliamentary meeting was inaugurated by the Speaker of the National Assembly of Suriname, and Acting President of the Group of Women Parliamentarians, Jennifer Simons, who thanked the participating parliamentarians for coming together to reflect on the role and current situation of women in political life in the countries of the Americas.
Participants were also greeted, via video, by Ecuadorian Member of the National Assembly Linda Machuca, elected President of the Group of Women Parliamentarians, who highlighted that "discussions will surely include the progress made since we [women] became more deeply involved in the political arena, as well as an assessment of women's role as presidents in the various Parliaments, all of which will undoubtedly lead us to identify our major challenges as key political players in our individual countries."
Female and male parliamentarians participating in the event represent countries including Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Suriname, The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago.
Paramaribo, Suriname, 15 May 2013
Tomorrow begins the Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians. This year’s event is taking place in Paramaribo, Suriname, and its main theme is "Women in Power: Recent Changes in the Political Arena." Three working sessions will shape the discussions: Women presidents of national legislatures, Leadership and political participation of women of African descent, and The effects of women’s participation in politics.
Paramaribo, Suriname, 14 May 2013
The 31st meeting of the Board of Directors of ParlAmericas is taking place today and tomorrow in Paramaribo, Suriname. Parliamentarians from Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay and Suriname are attending the meeting. They are discussing regular governance items, and considering preparations for the 10th Plenary Assembly of the organization (August 2013).
Ottawa, Canada, 28 March 2013
ParlAmericas was formally granted observer status at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) during the IPU Executive Committee meeting of 20-21 March 2013, at the 128th IPU Assembly, held in Quito, Ecuador. A delegation from ParlAmericas, composed of members of the Board of Directors, attended the meeting.
The IPU is an international organization of world parliaments that works for world-wide parliamentary dialogue, peace and co-operation among peoples, and for the establishment of representative democracy across the globe.
This partnership is a step forward on the shared common agenda of both organizations towards the strengthening of democracy and democratic governance.
Ottawa, Canada, 6 March 2013
ParlAmericas expresses its condolences to the government and people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the occasion of the passing of President Hugo Chávez Frías.
Bogota, Colombia, 27 February 2013
ParlAmericas "Parliaments and Extractive Industries: How to Improve Oversight and Increase Collaboration" workshop in Bogota, Colombia, concluded yesterday after two days of discussions, panel sessions, and smaller working groups.
Parliamentarians were very positive about the exchanges they'd had over the course of the meeting. They made a number of recommendations ranging from parliaments must play a more active role in ensuring transparency at all levels of the extractive industry, to parliaments should seek to strengthen regional and sub-regional integration in order to promote alternative models of economic development.
There was general agreement that the event was enriched through the collaboration of Revenue Watch Institute and the experts from organizations such as the World Bank and CEPAL.
To see the workshop’s photo gallery click here.
To read the workshop's recommendations click here (Spanish).
Bogota, Colombia, 25 February 2013
Parliamentarians from seven Spanish speaking countries in South America attend ParlAmericas latest workshop.
Today’s session of ParlAmericas "Parliaments and Extractive Industries: How to Improve Oversight and Increase Collaboration" workshop in Bogota, Colombia, gathered parliamentarians from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The panels sessions considered parliamentary roles, the right to consultation, and regulations and transparency on existing contracts and future tax regimes.
Tomorrow’s sessions will focus on income distribution from revenues generated through extractive activities, improvements on the current development model, and alternative models of development.
Bogota, Colombia, 24 February 2013
ParlAmericas is holding a workshop to provide a forum for parliamentarians and experts in the subject matter to discuss the roles and actions of national legislatures with respect to extractive activities. The workshop also aims to increase regional knowledge and best practices with regards to the extractive sector in South America, as well as to consider possibilities of parliamentary cooperation. The event starts tomorrow, Monday February 25, 2013, at 8:30 (14:00 GMT).
Please, consult the meeting agenda here (Spanish).
Medellin, Colombia, 21 February 2013
The 30th meeting of the Board of Directors of ParlAmericas is taking place today and tomorrow in Medellin, Colombia. Parliamentarians from Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Suriname are attending the meeting. They are discussing regular governance items, and considering preparations for the Annual Gathering of the Group of Women Parliamentarians (Suriname, May 2013) and the 10th Plenary Assembly of the organization (August 2013).
Ottawa, Canada, 29 January 2013
ParlAmericas expresses its condolences for the loss of life that took place in a nightclub in Santa Maria, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, on Saturday January 26th.