Global Affairs Canada is partnering with the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) to consult youth from across the country on their views, positions and ideas regarding Canada’s participation at the upcoming 8th Summit of the Americas that will take place in Lima, Peru, on April 13 to 14, 2018.
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 forum that includes Canada. Commitments by leaders at the Summit provide guidance for future action by Inter-American institutions, chief among which is the Organization of American States (OAS). The upcoming Summit also provides an opportunity for an exchange among member states and civil society organizations, private sector, and youth from across the region. 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.
The theme of the 8th Summit of the Americas is “Democratic Governance against Corruption”. This will provide a timely opportunity for dialogue on a critically important issue for the Americas. Canada’s 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. Combatting corruption is essential to achieving Canadian goals in the region.
Your perspective will inform Canada’s engagement in the Summit of the Americas process. In addition to providing valuable input to the Government of Canada, participants in this consultation process will also contribute to the Fifth Young Americas Forum, the official platform for the participation of young people from North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, in the Summit of the Americas process.
Source: Global Affairs Canada