Civil Society Task Force
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1994. Coordinated by Esquel Group Foundation (EGF).
Function as a clearinghouse and forum for debate on active citizen participation in the Americas, especially within the framework of the Hemispheric Summit process, which emphasizes a sustainable and inclusive development process, and as a vehicle to coordinate civil society action on the Miami Process; work with key persons in the Summit of the Americas process to advance civil society participation; generate opportunities for civil society participation on other specific issues/instances at the regional level; increase awareness of the Summit process within governmental and nongovernmental sectors in countries of the region; promote constructive dialogue and collaboration between governmental and nongovernmental sectors in each country; foster implementation of Summit mandates; promote information exchange between civil society and Summit officials at the hemispheric level so as to advance effective participation of civil society in the Summit Process.Available with paid subscription only.
Monitors follow-up from the Hemispheric Summit for Sustainable Development, Dec 1996, Santa Cruz (Bolivia), the Summit of the Americas, Apr 1998, Santiago (Chile), and the Canadian Summit, Mar 2001, Québec (Canada). Participants monitor the work of the Government Committee on Civil Society (GCCS) of Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) in devising procedures to promote discussions with civil society and are actively engaged in definition of the OAS program 'Inter-American Strategy for Citizen Participation (ISP)' in sustainable development policies in the Americas. 'NGO Working Group on the OAS', created Nov 1998, advises several missions on OAS reform, in particular with respect to OAS relationship to civil society; recent efforts focus on an NGO accreditation system within the OAS. 'Sur Norte Inversión y Desarrollo (Sur Norte)', created in 1999 in Argentina, promotes solutions to poverty and social exclusion; work focuses on new generation of socially-responsible and environmentally sustainable entrepreneurial support instruments to catalyze local development. Sur Norte works closely with sister organization 'South North Development Initiative', based in New York NY (USA).
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