NEWS

2017

August 1, 2017

ParlAmericas and Parlatino hold 2nd gathering of the Parliamentary Network on Climate Change, Renewable Energies

ParlAmericas and Parlatino will hold the 2nd gathering of the Parliamentary Network on Climate Change (PNCC), Renewable Energies, on August 3 and 4, 2017, in Panama City, Panama. The gathering will bring together legislators from more than 20 countries of the Americas and the Caribbean to exchange good legislative practices and engage in dialogue with international experts on parliamentary action to contribute to achieving the commitments undertaken in the COP21 Paris Agreement.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Gisela Alonso, member of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and President of the Cuban Environmental Agency (1999-2016). The working sessions will feature the participation of experts from international organizations including the Organization of American States (OAS), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and civil society representatives working in areas related to climate change. Read entire article


July 24, 2017

Senator Marcela Guerra (Mexico), President of ParlAmericas, receives the Global Democracy Award

Senator Guerra was recognized by the Washington Academy of Political Arts & Sciences (WAPAS) with the Global Democracy Award. The award, given for the first time by the Academy, was conferred for her work as President of ParlAmericas, a position she held since being elected in 2014 by delegations representing national legislatures of the continent.

The main achievements recognized by the Academy were the following:

  • The consolidation of ParlAmericas as a hemispheric model for parliamentary diplomacy and cooperative political dialogue on the most prevalent issues on the inter-American agenda.
  • The work of the Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality in the pursuit of women’s political empowerment and participation, equality of conditions in public life, and the inclusion of gender perspective on the legislative agendas of the parliaments of the Americas.
  • The creation of the Road Map towards Legislative Openness by the Open Parliament Network, which promotes greater openness in the legislatures of the continent through transparency and access to information, probity and parliamentary ethics, accountability, and citizen participation.
  • The establishment of the Parliamentary Network on Climate Change in order to strengthen the legislative agenda for environmental conservation and protection, and the fight against climate change as a fundamental dimension of sustainable development.


July 7, 2017

ParlAmericas urges respect for the rights of Venezuelan parliamentarians

ParlAmericas, as an institution that promotes democratic strengthening and parliamentary diplomacy in the inter-American system, upholds cooperative political dialogue and good legislative practices.

In light of the events in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on July 5, ParlAmericas expresses its solidarity with the parliamentarians affected by the regrettable acts of violence carried out in the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Recognizing the universal principles of sovereignty and people's right to self-determination, ParlAmericas rejects violence in all its forms and manifestations, and puts forward a respectful call to both sides for a peaceful resolution of differences through dialogue in observance of, and unhindered respect for, the personal integrity and security of Venezuelan parliamentarians.

June 23, 2017

ParlAmericas participated in the 47th Regular Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States

From June 19-21, ParlAmericas participated in the 47th Regular Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), Strengthening Dialogue and Concerted Action for Prosperity, which took place in Cancun, Mexico. The delegation, led by Senator Marcela Guerra (Mexico), President of ParlAmericas, was composed of legislators from Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Grenada, Mexico, and Panama.

Member of Parliament Robert Nault (Canada), Vice-President of ParlAmericas, highlighted the importance of ParlAmericas’ participation, stating that “working with the OAS allows us to reinforce the important role of parliaments in the governance and legislation of the hemisphere and to improve understanding of global issues like climate change and gender equality.” The President of the Senate Chester Humphrey and Vice-President of the Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality, indicated that “participating in these instances allows us to present the ways in which parliaments can be play a role to support the resolution of difficulties between and within States”. Likewise, Representative Germán Blanco (Colombia), Member of ParlAmericas’ Board, highlighted that “the presence of our parliaments legitimizes our role in regards to diplomatic decisions taken by the Executive, allowing us to lobby as necessary to position our parliamentary work”.

ParlAmericas’ work supports the efforts of the OAS through strengthening parliaments, to build more efficient, transparent and inclusive institutions that adopt measures to guarantee gender equality and mitigate climate change, among others.


June 21, 2017

Statement for the guarantee of security for Venezuelan parliamentarians

The Parliamentary Delegation of ParlAmericas that participated in the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States respectfully requests to the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to offer all the necessary guarantees for the personal integrity and security of the following Venezuelan Members of the National Assembly: Luis Florido, Williams Dávila, Franco Casella, Carlos Lozano, Winston Flores, and additionally to the team of advisors who attended the General Assembly, so they can resume their functions in full observance of their political rights upon their return to Venezuela.


June 12, 2017

President Marcela Guerra spoke at the 33rd General Assembly of the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino)

Senator Marcela Guerra (Mexico), President of ParlAmericas, spoke in the panel “Successful strategies for protection and assistance, public policy for sustainable development, and conflict resolution,” at the high level parliamentary dialogue on migration and climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean, “Realities and Commitments towards the Global Compact” that took place during the 33rd General Assembly of Parlatino, together with the the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The session aimed to generate legislative inputs that contribute to the creation of public policy for the reduction of risks to migrants (in receiving as well as transit countries), the guarantee of respect for their human rights at all times, and that they receive adequate protection in accordance with established international standards. In her presentation, Senator Guerra underscored the link between migration and climate change, emphasizing that “the non-criminalization of migrants should be part of the Global Compact for Migration that will be undertaken in 2018.”


May 30, 2017

ParlAmericas participated in international conference on resistance to women's political leadership

From May 22 to 26, academics and practitioners gathered at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University for the international conference "Resisting Women's Political Leadership: Theories, Data, Solutions." The International Secretariat of ParlAmericas participated in the conference in a technical capacity, sharing information about the work of national legislators on ending violence against women in politics in the Americas and Caribbean region.

The conference, organized by Professor Mona Lena Krook, featured sessions exploring the multiple forms of resistance to women political leaders which are increasingly recognized as detrimental to women's rights, gender equality, inclusive governance, and democracy. In addition to violence against women in politics, topics discussed included barriers to women in candidate selection processes, the backlash against gender quotas, and gender discrimination in political institutions and parties, as well as in traditional and social media.


May 27, 2017

ParlAmericas participates in ECLAC: 55th Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean

During the meeting, the delegations present addressed, among other issues, the results of the First Meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development and its connections to the Regional Gender Agenda and the Montevideo Strategy. A panel was held on technical-professional education and its link to young women’s labour insertion in Latin America and the Caribbean, and a new study was presented from the Gender Equality Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean on gender equality plans in the region.

María Nieves Rico, Chief of the Division for Gender Affairs of ECLAC, highlighting ParlAmericas’ participation in the gathering, stated that “the role of the parliaments of the hemisphere is fundamental for translating the commitments made in the Montevideo Strategy into concrete public policy actions to achieve the goals and measures included in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Regional Gender Agenda.


May 26, 2017

Parliamentary delegations and civil society organizations to discuss lobbying regulations

On Monday, May 29, ParlAmericas, in collaboration with the Congress of the Republic of Peru, Directorio Legislativo and the Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency, will hold a cocreation meeting entitled International Standards for Lobby Regulation, with the participation of parliamentary delegations and civil society representatives from 8 Latin American countries.

One of the main objectives of the meeting will be to continue promoting the implementation of ParlAmericas’ Road map towards legislative openness by reflecting on lobbying regulations to prevent conflicts of interest, whether actual, apparent, or perceived, and ensure that the impact of lobbying on decision-making is transparent and that legislators are held accountable. Read entire article


May 24, 2017

Open Parliament Network (OPN) Vice-Presidents attend the Global Legislative Openness Conference “Building Citizen Trust through Openness and Engagement” in Ukraine

On May 19-20, Senator Mauricio Lizcano (Colombia), President of the Senate and Vice-President of the OPN for South America, and Member of the Chamber of Deputies Marcela González Salas (Mexico), Vice-President of the OPN for North America participated in the Global Legislative Openness Conference “Building Citizen Trust through Openness and Engagement” in Kiev, Ukraine.

This event was hosted by the Verkhovna Rada (parliament of Ukraine), and was organized by the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Open Parliament Initiative in Ukraine. It convene leading legislators, government officials, and civil society representatives to consider how legislative openness can strengthen public trust in representative institutions and build a responsive, 21st century legislature. In addition, the conference explored how parliaments can best leverage the OGP's new legislative engagement policy to develop and implement legislative openness plans and commitments.

The OPN Vice-Presidents promoted the Road Map towards Legislative Transparency of ParlAmericas, which has served as a critical tool for the development of legislative openness action plans in the hemisphere. Senator Mauricio Lizcano also briefed participants on the legislative advances achieved in Colombia to build trust in the legislature as part of the “Lightning talk: country updates” session.


May 24, 2017

Statement on Venezuela

ParlAmericas continues to be preoccupied by the circumstances being faced by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which is confronted by a grave social, political and institutional situation.

Recognizing the universal principles of sovereignty and people's right to self-determination, ParlAmericas rejects violence in any of its forms and manifestations, and puts forward a respectful call to both sides for a peaceful resolution of differences through dialogue in observance of, and unhindered respect for, the human rights of Venezuelans.


May 22, 2017

Legislators and social movement leaders from across the hemisphere to dialogue on joint efforts for women’s empowerment

ParlAmericas, in collaboration with the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina, will hold a gathering titled Women’s Empowerment: Social and Political Responses, from May 23 to 24 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This gathering will bring together legislators from more than 20 countries of the hemishere to analyse the ways in which civil society and parliamentary actors can collectively advance gender equality.

The keynote address will be delivered by Minou Tavárez Mirabal, a former parliamentarian and former presidential candidate from the Dominican Republic whose career has centred on social justice causes. Other speakers include activists who have been on the frontlines of mobilizations demanding an end to impunity for femicide and sexual violence, and calling for respect for women’s human rights and leadership in post-conflict situations. These leaders represent Ni Una Menos and Tambourine Army, collectives dedicated to combatting gender violence in Latin America and the Caribbean respectively, as well as the women’s movement for peace in Colombia and the Women’s March on Washington in the United States. Read entire article


April 28, 2017

ParlAmericas participates in the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development

                   

Senator Marcela Guerra (Mexico), President of ParlAmericas, and Member of the Chamber of Deputies Graciela Cousinet (Argentina) are representing ParlAmericas in the First Meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development (#ForoALC2030), organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Mexico City, Mexico, on April 26-28, 2017.

The forum was created by resolution 700 (XXXVI), adopted during ECLAC's thirty-sixth session (May 2016), as a regional mechanism to follow up and review the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, its means of implementation, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development. The United Nations Economic and Social Council subsequently endorsed the establishment of the Forum in its resolution 2016/12.


April 12, 2017

Opportunities with ParlAmericas

ParlAmericas is now hiring a Program Manager - Climate Change and Sustainability (CCS). Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2017. Read the job description.


March 17, 2017

Declaration of Solidarity with Peru

Participants at the 2nd gathering of the Open Parliament Network (OPN) signed a declaration of solidarity with Peru to offer their support and present their condolences for the human losses and damages it had suffered due to the strong rain, floods and landslides that had recently occurred.


March 17, 2017

Elections Results – Open Parliament Network (OPN)

During the 2nd gathering of the OPN, the four vice-presidents of the OPN executive committee were elected:

  • North America: Member of the Chamber of Deputies Marcela González Salas (Mexico) 
  • Central America: Member of the Legislative Assembly Karla Prendas (Costa Rica) 
  • South America: Senator Mauricio Lizcano (Colombia), President of the Senate 
  • Caribbean: Senator Saphire Longmore (Jamaica)

March 3, 2017

President of the Group of Women Parliamentarians greets members of the #MujeresLideresAmerica Committee

                    Member of the National Assembly Gina Godoy (Ecuador), President of the Group of Women Parliamentarians of ParlAmericas, greets the members of the #MujeresLideresAmerica Committee and discusses the challenges and the significance of empowering women in the Americas and the Caribbean, from the perspective of women parliamentarians.

#MujeresLideresAmerica is a project that seeks to document, train and promote the empowerment of women in the 35 member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) in politics, business and society at large, through the use of technology.


February 22, 2017

Election Advisory – Open Parliament Network

During this year’s gathering, we will hold an election for positions on the Executive Committee of the Open Parliament Network as well as the host parliament for the next gathering, taking place in 2018. More


February 16, 2017

The President of ParlAmericas urges respect for the rights of Venezuelan parliamentarians

ParlAmericas, as an independent forum that promotes parliamentary diplomacy in the inter-American system, upholds cooperative political dialogue and good legislative practices.

Senator Marcela Guerra, President of ParlAmericas, in consideration of the recent events which occurred in Venezuela, expressed her solidarity with the legislators who have been affected by restrictions preventing their departure from the country to fulfil their parliamentary duties.

“For the sake of democracy, we call for the respect and reinstatement of their rights.”


January 12, 2017

President Marcela Guerra speaks at the Meeting of Mexican Ambassadors and Consuls

Senator Marcela Guerra (Mexico), President of ParlAmericas, presented at the forum “Mexico’s Priorities on the 2017 Multilateral Agenda,” organized by the Commission on External Relations and International Organizations, during the Meeting of Mexican Ambassadors and Consuls.

During her speech to the Mexican diplomatic corps, she emphasized ParlAmericas’ work as the legislative branch of the Organization of American States (OAS), as well as the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations this past August.


January 11, 2017

Michelle Bachelet to be the keynote speaker at ParlAmericas’ Parliamentary Forum “Gender Equality and the Media”

Her Excellency the President of the Republic, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, will be in attendance for the inauguration of the 3rd Parliamentary Forum on Beijing +20: Gender Equality and the Media, to take place on January 12 and 13 in Santiago, Chile. More