PERMANENT COUNCIL
ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES

OEA/Ser.G
CP/doc.3210/99 rev. 1
2 June 1999
Original: Spanish

REPORT OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT ON NGOs AND THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF THE OAS IN COMPLIANCE WITH RESOLUTION CP/RES. 704 (1129/97)

(Considered by the Permanent Council at its meeting of May 26, 1999)



ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES
WASHINGTON, D.C.

THE SECRETARY GENERAL

May 13, 1999

Ambassador Julio César Aráoz
Chair of the Permanent Council
of the Organization of American States
Permanent Representative of Argentina
to the Organization of American States
Washington, D.C.

Excellency:

I have the honor to present the attached document to Your Excellency in compliance with resolution CP/RES. 704 (1129/97) "Status of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the OAS". This resolution instructs the General Secretariat to:

  1. prepare practical guidelines to govern relations between the General Secretariat and NGOs;
  2. present ideas on ways to improve relations between the OAS and NGOs; and
  3. prepare a register of NGOs with which the OAS has relations.

In presenting the attached document, the General Secretariat addresses the last point (3) by appending to it a list of non-governmental organizations with which the various areas of the OAS have relations.

As to the other two points (1 and 2), the Delegation of Canada, with the support of other delegations, has submitted a "Discussion paper: The OAS and Civil Society" (GETC/FORMOEA-101/99 corr.1), which puts forward guidelines on the participation of NGOs in the activities of the OAS, as well as suggesting ideas for improving relations between the General Secretariat and NGOs. These two points are in keeping with the provisions both of resolution AG/RES. 1539 (XXVIII-O/98), "The Organization of American States and Civil Society," and of resolution CP/RES. 704 (1129/97), as well as coinciding in practice with what was requested of the General Secretariat.

Accept Excellency renewed assurances of my highest and most distinguished consideration.

César Gaviria


NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS AND THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF THE OAS

List of Non-Governmental Organizations with which the General Secretariat of the OAS has Relations

The present document is submitted for consideration to the Permanent Council in compliance with resolution CP/RES. 704 (1129/97), which instructed the General Secretariat to present a list of NGOs with which it has relations.

The document is laid out as follows. For each area of the General Secretariat, there is an introductory paragraph, outlining its relations with NGOs, followed by a list of the NGOs concerned. The majority of the lists are ordered according to country (where each organization has its headquarters). In some cases, where the work of the Unit, Office, or Department of the General Secretariat covers several fields, lists are organized thematically.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has had relations with civil society since its inception. These relations have proved not only valuable but also indispensable for the defense and promotion of human rights in the region. There is an enormous variety of both formal and informal relations with civil society organizations (hereinafter CSOs), so much so that a brief outline of the main types of relations and participation in our endeavors is called for here.

Under the individual cases system CSOs initiate cases and are the natural counterpart of States. They provide a direct or indirect link between victims of alleged violations that remain unresolved in their own country and the Commission, give impulse to and provide information on a particular case as petitioners, participate in friendly settlement procedures, and follow up any recommendations the Commission makes to the State. If the case goes before the Inter-American Court they act as advisers to the Commission, participate in and present arguments at hearings, and, afterward, during the period for deciding on reparation, act as direct representatives of victims before the Court.

In monitoring the human rights situation in countries, CSOs maintain fluid lines of communication with the Commission and provide it with information, acting either on their own initiative or on request. In planning on-site visits to countries, in addition to its own information and that provided by the State, the IACHR also takes into account information supplied by prominent CSOs and individual members of civil society for defining its priorities and observation plans. It is normal on each visit to receive or to call on scores of CSOs.

When preparing new instruments on specific issues (like torture, forced disappearances, rights of indigenous peoples, etc.) or thematic studies (on prison conditions, refugees and mass migration, women’s rights, rights of the child, etc.) the Commission consults and receives valuable suggestions from CSOs.

Finally, in its promotion activities intended to enhance knowledge about the legal standards, doctrine, and mechanisms of the inter-American system, CSOs play a key role by organizing training courses and seminars, and by disseminating our basic documents and case law.

International

  • International Human Rights Law Group
  • Center for Justice Under International Law
  • Comisión Internacional de Juristas
  • Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja
  • Indian Law Resource Center
  • Inter-American Dialogue
  • B’nai B’rith International
  • Instituto Interamericano para el Desarrollo del Sindicalismo Libre.
  • AFL-CIO
  • Inter-American Bar Association
  • International Republican Institute
  • Parlamento Indígena de América
  • Washington Office on Latin America

Regional

  • Comisión Andina de Juristas
  • Casa Alianza
  • COICA, Comisión Indígena de la Cuenca Amazónica
  • Caribbean Human Rights Network

National

ARGENTINA

  • Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales
  • Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense
  • Comité Jurídico Indígena Argentino

BELIZE

  • Human Rights Commission of Belize
  • National Garifuna Council
  • Toledo Maya Cultural Council

BOLIVIA

  • Confederación Indígena del Amazonas
  • Boliviano CIDOB.
  • Asamblea Permanente por los Derechos Humanos
  • Servicio Paz y Justicia, Bolivia

BRAZIL

  • Ordem de Advogados do Brasil
  • Conferência Nacional dos Bispos
  • Cejil Brasil
  • IBISS
  • Centro Santos Dias da Arquidiocese de São Paulo
  • Viva Rio
  • CIR
  • Núcleo de Estudos da Vilencia. Univ de São Paulo
  • Pastoral Carcerária
  • Conselho Indigenista Missionário
  • Sociedade Paraense de Defesa dos Direitos Humano

CANADA

  • Canadian Foundation for the Americas
  • Assembly of First Nations, Canada
  • Human Rights Research and Education Center, University of Ottawa
  • International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development

CHILE

  • Comisión Chilena de Derechos Humanos
  • Comisión Nacional contra la Tortura
  • Servicio de Paz y Justicia
  • Vicaria de la Solidaridad. Arzobispado de Santiago
  • Consejo de Todas las Tierras Mapuche

COLOMBIA

  • Comité Permanente por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos
  • Comisión Episcopal por la Vida, la Justicia y la Paz
  • Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia
  • Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular
  • Corporación Ecuménica para el Desarrollo Social

COSTA RICA

  • Comisión de Defensa de Derechos Humanos CODEHU
  • Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Centro América CODEHUCA

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

  • Comité Dominicano de los Derechos Humanos
  • Centro de Planificación y Ayuda Ecuménica
  • Centro Dominicano de Asesoría e Investigaciones Legales

ECUADOR

  • Comité Ecuatoriano de Derechos Humanos y Sindicales
  • Conaie - Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador
  • Confeniae - Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas Ecuador Amazónico
  • Asociación Nacional Presencia Negra Ecuatoriana
  • Comité de Defensa de los Derechos Humanos CEDHU

EL SALVADOR

  • Comisión de Madres de El Salvador. COMADRES
  • Comisión de Derechos Humanos de El Salvador
  • Oficina de Tutela Legal del Arzobispado de El Salvador

GUATEMALA

  • Oficina de Derechos Humanos del Arzobispado
  • Fundación Myrna Mack
  • CIEPROH
  • CALDH
  • Comisión Guatemalteca de Derechos Humanos
  • Comisión Nacional de Viudas de Guatemala

GUYANA

  • Asociación de Comunidades Amerindias APA
  • Guyana Human Rights Association

HAITI

  • Centre Oecuminigque des Droits Humains
  • Justice et Paix
  • Ligue Haïtienne de Droits Humains

HONDURAS

  • Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Honduras CODEH
  • Centro de Investigación y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos CIPRODEH
  • Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Centro de Abogados de Honduras
  • Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos de Honduras
  • Consejo Asesor Hondureño para el Desarrollo de las Etnias Autóctonas

MEXICO

  • Servicio de Desarrollo y Paz A.C.
  • Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos
  • Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de DDHH
  • Congreso Indígena de México
  • Centro de DDHH Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez

NICARAGUA

  • Asociación Nicaragüense de Derechos Humanos
  • Comisión Permanente por los Derechos Humanos
  • Bufete Popular para las Minorías Étnicas

PARAGUAY

  • Comité Paraguayo de Iglesias
  • Comisión Nacional de Defensa de los Derechos Humanos
  • Confederación Paraguaya de Trabajadores
  • Central Nacional de Trabajadores
  • Comité de Iglesias

PANAMA

  • Comité Panameño por los Derechos Humanos
  • Centro de Investigación y Socorro Jurídico de Panamá
  • Coordinadora Popular de Derechos Humanos de Panamá COPODEHUPA
  • Colegio de Abogados de Panamá
  • Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos de Panamá

PERU

  • Comisión Andina de Juristas Perú
  • Comisión Episcopal Acción Social
  • CEAPAZ
  • Instituto de Defensa Legal
  • APRODEH - Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos

SURINAME

  • MOIWANA 86
  • Asociación de Organizaciones Indígenas AIS

UNITED STATES

  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights
  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Indian Congress
  • Children Rights
  • Ford Foundation

URUGUAY

  • Asociación Latinoamericana de Derechos Humanos ALDHU
  • Amnistía Internacional. Uruguay
  • Servicio de Paz y Justicia Uruguay

VENEZUELA

  • Federación Nacional de Defensa de los Derechos Humanos de Venezuela
  • Programa Venezolano de Educación Acción en Derechos Humanos.
  • Vicaria Episcopal de Derechos Humanos de la Arquidiócesis de Caracas
  • Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos
  • Consejo Indígena de Venezuela. CONIVE

Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD)

The activities of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) and its Executive Secretariat are carried out in accordance with the provisions contained in its Statute and Regulations. Its work is guided by the principles and objectives spelled out in the Inter-American Program of Action of Rio de Janeiro approved in April 1996.

Based on these provisions, the Commission’s functions include technical cooperation activities at the request of member states, as well as establishment of cooperation ties on matters relating to its mandate with other organizations and entities. It may invite to its sessions those civil society organizations that have a special interest in a given topic, with a view to ensuring the greatest possible cooperation and coordination of efforts in similar activities.

The Plan of Action of the Second Summit of the Americas refers to implementation of campaigns aimed at raising social awareness via community participation and underlines the valuable contribution of civil society in prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and social reintegration of those affected by drug abuse. The Hemispheric Anti-Drug Strategy, which includes promotion of citizen participation, states that designing effective prevention programs requires close cooperation, consultation and association with the community.

Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL)

The private sector plays an active part in the work of CITEL. Representatives of the private sector start programs, chair committees, make contributions to the work schedule, participate in their own right, and, barring the right to vote, have the same rights as member countries. The private sector is perfectly in tune with the work schedule of Permanent Consultative Committees and constitutes a vital factor in the overall success of CITEL.

ARGENTINA

  • Alcatel Techint S.A.
  • AT&T S.A. Argentina
  • Asociación Radiodifusoras Privadas Argentinas A.R.P
  • Cámara Argentina de Desarrollo
  • Cámara Argentina de Telefonía y Afines
  • Cia. Impsat S.A.
  • Cicomra
  • Compañía de Teléfonos del Interior S.A.
  • Compañía Ericsson S.A.
  • Expert Telecomunicaciones de Argentina S.A.
  • Gauss S.A.
  • Metrored Telecomunicaciones S.A.
  • Motorola de Argentina S.A.
  • Movicom
  • Nec Argentina S.A.
  • Nokia Argentina S.A.
  • Northern Telecom de Argentina S.A.
  • Qualcomm International
  • Siemens
  • Silveira Corporation
  • Sky Station International
  • Telecom Argentina
  • Telecom Personal S.A.
  • Telefónica Argentina
  • Telintar S.A.
  • Worldspace Inc.
  • Video Cable Comunicación S.A.

BRAZIL

  • Alcatel Telecomunicacoes
  • Andrade Gutierrez Telecomunicaciones Ltda.
  • Bcp Telecomunicacoes S.A.
  • Bosch – Telemulti
  • Ericsson Telecomunicacoes S.A.
  • Iridium Sudamerica-Brasil Ltada
  • Kf Tecnologia
  • Lucent Technologies Ltda
  • Motorola do Brasil
  • Nec do Brasil S.A.
  • Pnc do Brasil S.A.
  • Promon Eletronica Ltda.
  • Qualcomm do Brasil S.A.
  • Siemens
  • Teledesic do Brasil
  • Trimble Brasil Limitada
  • Zetax Tecnologia Eng.Ind. E Com.S.A.

CANADA

  • Iridium Canada Inc
  • Nortel Networks
  • Sky Station Canada Inc.
  • Spectrocan Engineering
  • SR Telecom Inc.
  • SILA Communications

CHILE

  • Alcatel de Chile S.A.
  • Ericsson de Chile

COLOMBIA

  • Andesat S.A. E.M.A.
  • Alcatel de Colombia S.A.
  • Cámara Colombiana de Informática y Telecomunicaciones
  • Celumovil S.A.
  • Cintel-Centro de las Investigaciones de las Telecomunicaciones
  • Emcatel
  • Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá
  • Ericsson de Colombia
  • Motorola
  • Occidente y Caribe Celular S.A, Occel
  • Siemens S.A.
  • Sky Station Colombia S.A.
  • Telecom

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

  • CODETEL

ECUADOR

  • Ericsson del Ecuador
  • Etapa
  • Iridium del Ecuador
  • Motorola del Ecuador
  • Otecel/Bellsouth
  • Pacifictel S.A.

EL SALVADOR

  • Telemovil El Salvador S.A.

MEXICO

  • Alcatel-Indetel
  • Ericsson Telecom S.A. de C.V.
  • Estaciones Estratosfericas de México, S.A. de C.V.
  • Globalstar de México
  • Gurria y Ramirez de Arellano S.A
  • Impsat, S.A. de C.V.
  • Iridium de México, S.A. de C.V.
  • Leo One Panamericana S.A. de C.V.
  • Lucent Technologies de México, S.A. de C.V.
  • Motorola
  • NEC de México, S.A.
  • Northern Telecom de México, S.A. de C.V.
  • Pegaso PCS, S.A. de C.V.
  • Siemens, S.A. de C.V.
  • Sistecel, S.A. de C.V.
  • Telefonía Inalambrica del Norte S.A. de C.V.

NICARAGUA

  • Enitel-Empresa Nicaraguense de Telecomunicaciones

PANAMA

  • Cable & Wireless de Panamá S.A.

PARAGUAY

  • Telecel S.A.

PERU

  • Nortel Perú S.A.
  • Telefónica del Perú S.A.
  • Sky Station Perú S.A.

UNITED STATES

  • Motorola Inc.
  • Northern Telecom Corp. (Nortel)
  • World Space, Inc.
  • AT&T
  • Bellsouth Corporation
  • Bosch Telecom, Inc.
  • Caribbean Latin American Action
  • Cisco Systems Inc.
  • Committee T-1 Telecommunications
  • Comsat World Systems
  • Final Analysis Communications Services, Inc.
  • Glenayre Electronics, Inc.
  • Global One
  • Gte Corporation
  • Hughes Network Systems
  • ICG Satellite Services, Inc.
  • ICO Global Communications Services, Inc
  • IBM Latin American
  • IMTA
  • Iridium Lcc
  • Leo One Usa
  • Lockheed-Martin Corp
  • Loral Space & Communications, Inc. (LORA)
  • Lucent Technologies
  • MCI Communications Corporation
  • Nokia Inc.
  • Orbcomm Global, Lp.
  • Pan Am Sat L.P
  • Qualcom, Inc
  • Sky Bridge L.L.C.
  • Sky Station International, Inc.
  • Southwestern Bell Corporation
  • Tadiran Telecommunications Inc.
  • Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
  • Teledesic Llc
  • Teleglobe
  • The Ericsson Corporation (TEC)
  • Trimble Navigation Limited
  • United States GPS Industry Council
  • Universal Wireless Communications
  • Viatel Global Communications

URUGUAY

  • ANDEBU (Asoc.Nacional de Broadcasters)

VENEZUELA

  • AT&T Andinos S.A.
  • Cía. Anónima Nacional Teléfonos
  • Cía. Impsat S.A.
  • Compañía Ericsson S.A.
  • Iridium Sudamericana
  • Motorola
  • Telcel Celular, C.A.

Department of Legal Cooperation and Information

The Department of Legal Cooperation and Information has worked to strengthen participation mechanisms, by making room for the involvement of several groups from civil society. The input and contributions made by these groups to the Organization and to this Department in particular have been of enormous value. Indeed it has been as a result of invitations extended to groups of experts on relevant legal aspects that the Department has most enhanced its knowledge of issues like corruption, arbitration, carrying of firearms, etc., thereby providing it with the necessary expertise to institute and implement specific measures. Clear examples of that are the Inter-American Convention against Corruption and the Symposium on Enhancement of Probity in the Hemisphere.

COLOMBIA

  • Universidad Javeriana
  • Fundación Oscar Arias para la Paz.

UNITED STATES

  • Carter Center
  • Open Society
  • George Washington University
  • American Bar Association

Office of Summit Follow-Up

The Office of Summit Follow-Up Office is the body in charge, within the General Secretariat of the OAS, of coordinating the issue of civil society. In performing that function it undertakes the following actions: 1) to centralize information on activities between each of the various areas of the OAS and non-governmental organizations; 2) to keep up-to-date information on and a complete overview of all the activities that the Organization undertakes in conjunction with civil society; 3) to provide support to the coordinator of the civil society issue before the Summits Implementation Review Group (SIRG); and 4) to promote and contribute to the creation of spaces for reflection, sharing experience, and action designed to establish an agenda of constructive cooperation between civil society, governments, international organizations and the OAS for carrying out the mandates emanating from Summits.

CANADA

  • Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL)

CHILE

  • Fundación Participa
  • Fundación Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO-Chile)
  • Centro de Estudio Para las Relaciones Entre América Latina y Europa (CELARE)

ECUADOR

  • Fundación Esquel
  • Fundación Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO- Ecuador)

SPAIN

  • Instituto de Relaciones Europeas-Latinoamerica (IRELA)

UNITED STATES

  • Georgetown University
  • Florida International University
  • Inter-American Dialogue
  • Council of the Americas
  • University of Miami, North-South Center
  • U.S. Institute for Peace (USIP)
  • Kettering Foundation

VENEZUELA

  • Instituto Venezolano de Estudios Socio Políticos (INVESP)

Office of Cultural Affairs

The Inter-American Cultural Program states that the OAS shall encourage the participation of civil society in the work of protecting and preserving the cultural heritage of the Americas. The Executive Order creating the Office of Cultural Affairs underscores the commitment to collaborate closely with civil society organizations and specifies aspects relating to programming and implementation of programs, projects and activities, as well as finding alternative sources of funding, such as national and multinational corporations and private foundations.

  • International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)
  • Regional Organization of the International Council of Museums (ICOM)
  • American Association of Museums (AAM)
  • Aid to Artisans, Inc
  • Instituto Latinoamericano de Museología (ILAM)
  • Centro de Conservación y Restauración de Bienes Culturales Muebles (CECOR)
  • David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
  • American Institute For Conservation
  • Centro Latinoamericano y del Caribe para el Desarrollo Cultural (CLACDEC)
  • Sistema de Orquestas Infantiles y Juveniles de las Américas
  • Plan CARIMOS
  • Universidad de Córdoba, Argentina
  • Universidad Simón Bolívar - Instituto de Altos Estudios de América Latina
  • San Francisco State University
  • Universidad Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario
  • Florida Atlantic University, Florida, EE.UU.
  • Fundación Vitae
  • Getulio Vargas Foundation
  • Fundación Lampada
  • Fundación Histórica Tavera
  • Fundación Capital Americana de Cultura (CAC)
  • Biblioteca de Aula, S.A.
  • Instituto Italo-Latinoamericano (IILA)

Office of Science and Technology

Under the framework of the Inter-American Program for Environmental-Technological Cooperation in Key Industrial Sectors, the Office of Science and Technology has held a series of round-table meetings in various countries of the Western Hemisphere with the participation of civil society. That program is in answer to the challenges to small and medium-size businesses in the western hemisphere of adopting clean technologies that are in harmony with the environment and effective from both an economic and an environmental point of view.

One of the most noteworthy results in this area is the recognition of industrial associations as catalysts for promoting and disseminating cleaner technologies in various industries and sectors in the region’s countries. Also worth emphasizing is the involvement of CSOs in the effort to participate in funding activities of this type. These activities have provided an opportunity to civil society participants from the member states to share expertise and to become involved in the search for solutions to common problems.

In this context, industrial associations emerge as valid interlocutors in various industrial sectors, as well as in the public sector. It has also been demonstrated that in the region there is a plentiful supply of information and experience that is available for transfer to civil society.

The Metrology, Standards, Accreditation and Quality Project is being carried out in the 34 OAS member states with the participation of institutions representing the public and private sectors. This project helps, in collaboration with business associations and civil society organizations, to set up programs that are more successful in supporting industry. The publicizing and sharing of experience among the participating entities has influenced the formulation of new public policy to the benefit of the consumer.

Regional

  • Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC)

National

ARGENTINA

  • Instituto Argentino de Materiales (private sector).
  • El Centro de Investigaciones Textiles (CIT)
  • Confederación General de la Industria (CGI)

BOLIVIA

  • Instituto Boliviano de Normas y Calidad Industrial (IBNORCA)
  • La Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB)
  • Federación Boliviana de Pequeña Industria (FEBOPI)

BRAZIL

  • Confederación Industrial de Industriales (CNI)
  • Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Asociación de Pequeña Empresa (FLUPEME)

CANADA

  • Canadian Environmental Industry Association (CEIA)

CHILE

  • La Sociedad de Fomento Fabril (SOFOFA)
  • Confederación Nacional Unida de la Mediana y Pequeña Industria (CONUPIA)

COLOMBIA

  • Asociación Nacional de Industriales (ANDI)
  • Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación (ICONTEC)
  • Asociación Colombiana de Pequeña Industria (ACOPI)

COSTA RICA

  • Compañía de Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial de Centroamérica (CODETI)
  • Cámara Nacional de Artesanía y Pequeña Industria (CANAPI)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

  • Instituto Dominicano de Tecnología Industria (INDOTEC) (semi-autonomous)
  • Asociación de Embutidores.
  • Confederación Dominicana de Pequeña y Mediana Empresa (CODOPYME)

ECUADOR

  • Federación Nacional de Cámara de la Pequeña y Mediana (FENAPI)

EL SALVADOR

  • Asociación Nacional de Medianos - Pequeños Micro Empresarios Salvadoreños (AMPYMES)

GUATEMALA

  • La Cámara de Industria de Guatemala, Unidad Técnica de Apoyo a la Pequeña y Mediana Industria (UTEPYMI).
  • Confederación Centro Americana de la Mediana y Pequeña Empresa (CONCAPE)
  • Federación de la Mediana y Pequeña Empresa (FEPYME)

HONDURAS

  • Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (UNITEC).
  • Asociación Nacional de Mediana y Pequeña Industria (AMNPIH)

MEXICO

  • El Consejo Nacional de Industriales Ecologistas (CONIECO)

NICARAGUA

  • Cámara Nacional de la Mediana y Pequeña Industria (CONAPI)

PANAMA

  • Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP)
  • Unión Nacional de Medianas y Pequeñas Empresas (UNPYME)

PARAGUAY

  • Unión Industrial Paraguaya (U.I.P.)

PERU

  • Sociedad Nacional de Industrias S.N.I. Copei (Comité de Pequeña Industria)

UNITED STATES

  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI) (private sector)

URUGUAY

  • Cámara de Industrias del Uruguay (CIU)
  • Laboratorio Tecnológico del Uruguay (LATU)

VENEZUELA

  • Federación de Artesanos Pequeños y Medianos Industriales de Venezuela (FEDEINDUSTRIA)

Trade Unit

The main function of the Trade Unit is to support the negotiations for reaching a free trade agreement in the Americas (Free Trade Area of the Americas, FTAA) by 2005. The structure of the FTAA negotiations includes a Committee of Government Representatives on Civil Society. In the San Jose Ministerial Declaration of March 19, 1998, the Ministers Responsible for Trade reaffirmed their commitment to the principle of transparency of the negotiation process to facilitate the constructive participation of the different sectors of society, and recognized the interests and concerns that different sectors of society have expressed in relation to the FTAA. The Ministers further recognized that business and other sectors of production, labor, environmental and academic groups have been particularly active in the matter of free trade. Therefore, the Ministers established a committee of government representatives, open to all member countries. The committee shall receive inputs, analyze them and present the range of views for the Ministers’ consideration.

In order to carry out this mandate the Committee on Civil Society fixed a period for receiving comments on the FTAA, whose deadline is March 31, 1999. The Trade Unit, as part of the Tripartite Committee formed by the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the OAS, is helping the Committee to gather in these comments. On request, the Committee will furnish an analysis of reports delivered by civil society.

In addition to this support role on the issue of civil society within the FTAA negotiation process, the Trade Unit provides reports on the FTAA to academic, business, and other groups.

Unit for Social Development and Education

The Unit for Social Development and Education has an extensive range of relationships of cooperation and exchange with countless civil society organizations in the hemisphere, including universities, research and development centers, scientific and professional associations, and other non-governmental education, labor, and social development institutions. The association between the Unit for Social Development and Education and civil society organizations stems from the permanent demand for information and exchange from non-governmental organizations and other entities of civil society. A natural upshot of this association has been the development of extensive professional and institutional exchange networks, in which national and international experts on education, labor and social development in the Americas participate on both a formal and an informal basis.

Based on the decisions recently adopted by the governing bodies of the Organization, the Unit for Social Development and Education has intensified relations with civil society organizations in the hemisphere. The Unit has paid particular heed to the mandates on these matters issuing from the Inter-American Program to Overcome Poverty and Discrimination, the Inter-American Program of Education, and the Plan of Action of the Eleventh Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor. In all three programs -education, labor, and anti-poverty- the member states have stressed the importance of promoting, in multiple ways, the participation of civil society and the private sector.

Relations between civil society organizations and the Unit for Social Development and Education take many forms. In some cases, the alliance is based on Agreements of Cooperation between the General Secretariat and non-governmental organizations. In other cases, the Unit takes part in events organized by civil society institutions. Whenever appropriate, the Unit invites representatives of civil society organizations to participate in activities organized by the General Secretariat. Finally, the Unit supports and sponsors scientific and academic events organized by civil society institutions that come under the framework of the objectives and programs of the Organization of American States.

Education

BRAZIL

  • União Nacional das Escolas Família Agrícola do Brasil
  • Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Industrial (SENAI)
  • Organizacion Mundial de Educacion Pre-Escolar (OMEP)
  • Instituto Paulo Freire
  • Sociedade Brasileira de Educação Comparada (SBEC)
  • Associação Nacional de Pesquisa e Pós-graduação em Educação (ANPED)
  • Associação Nacional de Política e Administração da Educação (ANAPAE)
  • Sociedade Interamericana de Administração da Educação (SIAE)
  • Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Brasileiras (CRUB)

CANADA

  • Civil Society Network for Public Education in the Americas
  • Organisation Universitaire Interamericaine (OUI)

CHILE

  • Corporación de Investigaciones para el Desarrollo (CINDE)

COLOMBIA

  • Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo Humano (CIDE)

FRANCE

  • World Council of Comparative Education (WCCE)

MEXICO

  • Fundación para el Desarrollo Integral de las Comunidades Rurales e Indígenas
  • Red Internacional para la Calidad Ambiental
  • Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES)

PERU

  • Pirámide

UNITED STATES

  • Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities (LASPAU)
  • Community Colleges for International Development
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Education
  • International Intervisitation Programme in Educational Administration (IIP)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • Fulbright Commission
  • Academy for Educational Development (AED)
  • Inter-American Dialogue
  • Council for Basic Education (CBE)
  • University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)
  • Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
  • International Association of University Presidents (IAUP)

URUGUAY

  • Grupo Inter-Universitario ARCAM, Universidades en y Para el MERCOSUR

VENEZUELA

  • Unión de Universidades de América Latina (UDUAL)

Labor

ARGENTINA

  • Confederación General del Trabajo de la República Argentina
  • Confederación General de la Industria Argentina (CGI)

BOLIVIA

  • Federación Boliviana de Pequeña Industria (FEBOPI)

BRAZIL

  • Força Sindical
  • Asociação Fluminence Dapequena e Media Industria (FLUPEME)

CANADA

  • Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

CHILE

  • Confederación Nacional de la Mediana y Pequeña Industria (CONUPIA)

COLOMBIA

  • Asociación Colombiana de la Pequeña Industria (ACOPI)

COSTA RICA

  • Confederación de Trabajadores Rerum Novarum (CTRN)
  • Cámara de Artesanía de Pequeña Industria (CANAPI)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

  • Confederación de la Pequeña y Mediana Empresa (CODOPYME)

ECUADOR

  • Federación Nacional de Cámaras de Pequeña Industria (FENAPI)

EL SALVADOR

  • Asociación Nacional de Pequeños y Micro-Empresarios (AMPYMES)

GUATEMALA

  • Confederación de Unidad Sindical de Guatemala (CUSG)
  • Federación de la Mediana y Pequeña Empresa (FEPYME)

HONDURAS

  • Asociación Nacional de la Mediana y Pequeña Industria (AMNPIH)

JAMAICA

  • Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU)

MEXICO

  • Confederación de Trabajadores de México (CTM)

NICARAGUA

  • Cámara Nacional de la Pequeña Industria (CONAPI)

PANAMA

  • Unión Nacional de Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas (UNPYME)

PARAGUAY

  • Unión Industrial Paraguaya (UIP)

PERU

  • Confederación Latinoamericana y del Caribe de la Mediana y Pequeña Empresa (CLAMPI)
  • Sociedad Nacional de Industrias (SNI)

UNITED STATES

  • American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

URUGUAY

  • Cámara de Industriales del Uruguay (CIU)

VENEZUELA

  • Federación de Artesanos de Pequeña y Mediana Industria (FEDEINDUSTRIA)
  • Confederación de Trabajadores de Venezuela
  • Organización Regional Interamericana de Trabajadores (ORIT)

Social Development

BARBADOS

  • The Need Trust
  • Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)

UNITED STATES

  • Esquel Group Foundation
  • The Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise
  • Florida International Volunteer Corps
  • Education, Training and Enterprise Center
  • International Youth Fund

UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

  • Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum
  • The Prince’s Fund

Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment

Given the nature of the work of the Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment, this unit has a wide range of relations with civil society organizations. The number of civil society organizations with which the Unit works has risen since the Summit Conference on Sustainable Development in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia in 1996. At that summit the importance of the role of these organizations in issue of sustainable development was underscored.

National

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

  • Island Resources Foundation

ARGENTINA

  • Comisión Regional del Río Bermejo
  • Fundación Ecológica por la Vida
  • Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
  • Fundación Bariloche
  • Fundación Integración
  • Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina
  • Fundación Ecológica para una Vida Mejor

BAHAMAS

  • The Bahamas National Trust

BARBADOS

  • Caribbean Conservation Association (CCA)
  • Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES)

BOLIVIA

  • Academia Nacional de Ciencias de Bolivia
  • Asociación Boliviana Pro-Defensa de la Naturaleza (RODENA)
  • Centro de Investigaciones del Uso Mayor de la Tierra (CUMAT)
  • Comisión Regional del Río Bermejo
  • Fundación Ivi-Iyambae
  • Prometa

BRAZIL

  • Associação Brasileira de Recursos Hídricos
  • Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA)
  • Fundación Ecotropica
  • Fundação Pro Natureza
  • Fundação Sos Mata Atlântica
  • União Defensores Da Terra (Oikos Brasil)
  • Fundação Tropical de Pesquisas e Tecnologia
  • International Water Resources Association

CANADA

  • Agro Strategies International Inc.

CHILE

  • Centro de Investigación y Planificación del Medio Ambiente (CIPMA)
  • Conama
  • Instituto de Ecología de Chile
  • Corporación Participa

COLOMBIA

  • Acodal
  • Centro de Documentación Corporación Colombiana
  • Asociación Interamericana de Defensa Ambiental (AIDA)
  • Colegio Verde de Villa Leyva
  • Corporación Araracuara
  • Fundación Buen Ambiente
  • Fundación Recursos Naturales (RENASER)
  • Fundación Von Humbolt

COSTA RICA

  • Earth
  • Earth Council
  • Floresta Inc.
  • Fundación Neotropica (FN)
  • Tropical Science Center
  • Corporación Educativa y Cultural Centroamericana (CECC)
  • Comité Regional de Recursos Hídricos (CRRH)
  • Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBIO)
  • Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología
  • University for Peace

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

  • Fundación Progreso

ECUADOR

  • Centro de Planificación y Estudios Sociales
  • Comité Ecológico-Espol
  • Corporación Defensa de la Vida (Cordavi)
  • Fundación Natura
  • Futuro Latinoamericano
  • Tierra Viva

EL SALVADOR

  • Asociación Salvadoreña de Conservación del Medio Ambiente (ASACMA)
  • Macrobiótica de El Salvador
  • Federación de Municipalidades del Istmo Centroamericano (FEMICA)
  • Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo

FRANCE

  • World Water Council

GUATEMALA

  • Asociación Amigos del Bosque
  • Audubon Society, Guatemala
  • Fundación Ecosistemas Mayas

HAITI

  • Federation des Amis de la Nature

HONDURAS

  • Asociación Hondureña de Ecología
  • Red Internacional de Consultores y Auditores Ambientales (Rica Honduras)

ITALIA

  • Friends of the Earth International

JAMAICA

  • Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust, JTC
  • Dispute Resolution Foundation

KENYA

  • Environmental Liaison Center

MEXICO

  • Asociación Mexicana de Arte y Cultura (AMACUP)
  • Cultura Ecológica
  • Centro de Ecodesarrollo
  • Fundación Miguel Alemán A.C.

NICARAGUA

  • Asociación de Biólogos y Ecólogos de Nicaragua (ABDEN)
  • Asociación de Ingenieros Agrónomos
  • Fundación Nicaragüense para el Desarrollo Sostenible

NORWAY

  • International Environmental Bureau

PANAMA

  • Asociación Nacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (ANCON)
  • Circulo de Estudios Trabajo e Investigación Científica (CETIC)
  • Fundación de Parques Nacionales y Medio Ambiente
  • Grupo de Tecnología Apropiada
  • Centro de Prevención de Desastres de América Central (CEPREDENAL)
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • Centro del Agua de Trópico Húmedo para América Latina y El Caribe

PARAGUAY

  • Fundación Moisés Bertoni para la Conservación de la Naturaleza
  • Fundación Vida Silvestre Paraguaya
  • Sobrevivencia

PERU

  • Fundación Peruana para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (FPCN)
  • Naturaleza Ciencia y Tecnología Local para el Servicio Social (NCTL)
  • Proterra
  • Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental

PORTUGAL

  • El Centro Norte-Sur del Consejo de Europa

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

  • Caribbean Water and Waste Association

SURINAME

  • Foundation for a Pure Suriname

SWITZERLAND

  • Convention on Wetlands
  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

UNITED STATES

  • Animal West Management Association.
  • American Water Resources Association.
  • American Water Worlds Association
  • African Wildlife Foundation
  • Cooperative Housing Foundation
  • American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAA)
  • American Forest and Paper Association
  • American Forest Foundation
  • The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)
  • Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators, ASIWPCA
  • Audubon Society
  • Bank Information Center
  • California Institute of Public Affairs
  • Caribbean/Latin American Action
  • Caribbean Natural Resources Institute
  • Center for Environmental Education
  • Center for Marine Conservation
  • Center for Sustainable Development In The Americas
  • Charles F. Kettering Foundation
  • Conservation International
  • Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network, CIESIN
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Council on Sustainable Development
  • The Cousteau Society
  • Cultural Survival (CS)
  • Development, Analysis and Programming, Inc.
  • East West Center
  • Ecotrust
  • Environmental Assessment Association (EAA)
  • Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
  • Environmental & Energy Study Institute
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • Environmental Mediation International
  • Environmental Resources Management Group (ERM-South, Inc.)
  • Enviro Quest International
  • Friends of the Earth International
  • Global Environmental Fund
  • Global Environment & Technology Foundation
  • Global Tomorrow Coalition
  • Greenpeace International
  • Harvard Institute for International Development
  • The Healing Forest Conservancy
  • International Ecology Society
  • Inter-Action
  • Inter-American Dialogue
  • International Law Institute
  • International Society of Tropical Foresters
  • International Union for The Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)
  • International Wilderness Leadership Foundation
  • Energy and Environmental Research Center
  • Florida Center of Environmental States
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Foundation for Inter-American Dialogue on Water Management
  • Global Water Project
  • Ground Water Foundation
  • International Water Resources Association
  • International Drought Information Center
  • University of Miami
  • Water Resources Association
  • Water Environment Federation
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Wildlife Society
  • World Engineering Partnership For Sustainable Development
  • World Environment Center
  • World Resources Institute
  • World Wildlife Fund/Conservation Foundation
  • Worldwatch Institute
  • Worldwide Network
  • Zero Population Growth
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • National Parks and Conservation Association
  • The Oceanic Society
  • Overseas Development Council
  • The Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund
  • Overseas Private Investment Corp.
  • Partners for Livable Places
  • Partners of the Americas
  • Peabody Museum
  • Air and Waste Management Association,
  • American Water Process Association
  • American Water Works Association
  • Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators
  • Population Environment Balance
  • Rachel Carson Council Inc.
  • Rainforest Action Network
  • Rain Forest Alliance
  • Resolve, Inc.
  • Resources for the Future
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Sierra Club
  • Mcarthur Foundation
  • Midwest Research Institute
  • National Geographic Society
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA), Puerto Rico
  • International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Puerto Rico
  • Society For International Development
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Bread of The World
  • Synergies Institute
  • The Urban Institute
  • International Center For Not-For-Profit Law
  • North-South Center, University of Miami

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

  • Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalistic Club

UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

  • Environmental Resources Management
  • International Institute for Environment and Development

URUGUAY

  • Asociación Interamericana de Ingeniería Sanitaria y Ambiente (AIDIS)
  • Asociación Uruguaya de Derecho Ambiental
  • Centro Latino Americano de Ecología Social (CLAES)
  • Sociedad Amigos Preservación Ambiental
  • Centro Ecológico Franciscano
  • Programa de Conservación de la Biodiversidad de los Bañados del Este (PROBIDES)

VENEZUELA

  • Fundación La Salle
  • Naturaleza
  • Fundación Venezolana para la Conservación y la Diversidad Biológica (BIOMA)
  • Universidad Católica Andrés Bello
  • Sociedad Conservacionista Araguara

Regional

  • Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica
  • Centro Agronómico Regional de Investigaciones y Enseñanza (CATIE)
  • Comité Intergubernamental Coordinador de Los Países de La Cuenca Del Plata (CIC)
  • Andean Development Corporation
  • Fondo Financiero Para El Desarrollo de La Cuenca Del Plata (FONPLATA)
  • Board of Cartagena Agreement
  • Organización Latinoamericana de Energía (OLADE)
  • Caribbean Association for Industry and Commerce (CAIC)
  • Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM)
  • Caribbean Development Bank
  • Eastern Caribbean Investment Promotion Service (ECPIPS)
  • Organization of Eastern Caribbean States

Inter-American Strategy for the Promotion of Public Participation (ISP)

In its efforts to gather information on existing practices in the area of public participation, the ISP has constantly sought and used important information from civil society. In test cases for evaluating hypotheses on the marginal value of public participation, the project contracted civil society organizations to act as joint implementing agencies of test activities.

The ISP continually seeks to ensure that civil society is involved in the end-products of the Initiative. After producing the first draft of the ISP Framework Strategy, a document designed to channel the lessons learnt on public participation during the implementation of the ISP Project, via a series of recommendations to government, as well as technical advice to both government and civil society, the Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment circulated the document among more than 300 contacts in civil society and government, asking for comments on the structure and content of the document. The document and the request for comments were also placed on the ISPNET Internet web site. As a result of these comments and of recommendations from the Project Advisory Committee (PAC), a second draft is being prepared incorporating the technical suggestions and recommendations that were forthcoming.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

  • Environmental Awareness Group

ARGENTINA

  • ALA Plástica
  • Comité Matanza Riachuelo
  • Consejo Mundial de Pueblos Indígenas
  • Empresa de Proyectos Biodinámicos Ltda.
  • Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales – (FARN)
  • Fundación Ciudad
  • Fundación Jorge E. Roulet

BARBADOS

  • Caribbean Conservation Association
  • Woman and Development Unit, University of West Indies

BELIZE

  • Ideas Integrating Development, Environment and Sustainability
  • Alianza Trinacional, Golfo de Honduras (TIDE)

BOLIVIA

  • GEARENA
  • Programa de Investigación Prometa
  • Protection of the Environment Tarija. (PROMETA)

BRAZIL

  • CLIMA
  • EMPAER/MS
  • Empresa de Productos Biodinamicos Ltda.

CANADA

  • Earth Council
  • International Centre for Sustainable Cities
  • International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)
  • Sylvagro

CHILE

  • AG Environmental Group, Inc. Oficina Técnica de Rancagua de Chile
  • CIPMA
  • Comisión Nacional del Medio Ambiente (CONAMA)
  • Comité Decenio Maya
  • Corporación Participa
  • Fundación de la Naturaleza y El Hombre
  • Red Nacional de Acción Ecológica (RENACE)

COLOMBIA

  • Fundación Natura
  • Sistemas Ecológicos Avanzados de Colombia Ltda. (S.E.A.)

COSTA RICA

  • Asociación Latinoamericana de Organizaciones de Promoción (ALOP)
  • Consejo de la Tierra
  • Estación Biológica Marina Puntarenas
  • Foro Nacional de Convergencia (FONAC)
  • MINAE

DOMINICA

  • Dominica Conservation Association
  • National Association of NGOS-NANGOS

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

  • Worldwide Fund for Nature

ECUADOR

  • Asociación Andina de Empresas e Instituciones de Servicio de Agua Potable y Saneamiento
  • AIESEC
  • Fundación Desarrollo y Autogestión (DYA)
  • Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano

EL SALVADOR

  • Centro Ecuatoriano de Derecho Ambiental (CEDA)
  • Fundación Pro Educación Especial (FUNPRES)
  • Fundación Raís
  • Salvanatura

GUATEMALA

  • Cámara de Comercio Guatemalteco Americana
  • Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo (CCAD)
  • Comisión Nacional para el Medio Ambiente (CONAM)
  • CONAMA
  • Cooperación Guatemala-Alemania/Programa las Verapaces-Desarrollo Municipal y Regional
  • Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza
  • Fundación para el Eco-desarrollo y la Conservación (FUNDAECO)
  • Programa Ambiental Regional para Centro América (PROARCA/CAPAS CCAD-USAID)

HOLLAND

  • Resource Analysis

HONDURAS

  • Asociación Asang Langa - Indigenous Tawahka
  • Foundation for Inverstment and Development of Exports (FIDE)
  • Fundación Ecologista "Héctor Rodrigo Pastor Fasquelle"
  • Fundación Vida
  • Grupo Ecológico de Olancho
  • Mesa del Sol, S. de R.L. Elaboradores de Bohío Tropical
  • Organización Negra Centroamericana (ONEGA)
  • PROLANSATE
  • Unión Nacional de Campesinos (UNC)

JAMAICA

  • Association of Development Agencies
  • Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation
  • Caribbean Peoples Development Agency (CARIPEDA)
  • Dispute Resolution Foundation Ltd.
  • Environmental Solutions Ltd.
  • Sustainable Community Development Focus Group (UNEP COMIDA)

MEXICO

  • Acción y Desarrollo Ecológico, A.C.
  • América Latina

NICARAGUA

  • Centro Humboldt para la Promoción del Desarrollo Territorial y la Gestión Ambiental
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua Centro para la Investigación en Recursos Acuáticos de Nicaragua

PARAGUAY

  • Comunidad y Planeamiento (COPLANEA)
  • Consejero ONG Guyra Paraguay
  • ONG Alter Vida

PANAMA

  • Asociación Oceánica de Panamá
  • Confederación Nacional de Trabajadores Organizados
  • Sustainable Development Network
  • Universidad Santa María la Antigua Dirección de Relaciones Internacionales

PERU

  • Consejo Nacional del Ambiente (CONAM)
  • Fundación Vida
  • ILDER
  • Revista la Maga Empresa y Medio Ambiente
  • Universidad Nacional Agraria de Molina

SAINT LUCIA

  • Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CARICOM)

UNITED STATES

  • Agro-Ecology, Infrastructure and Project Finance
  • American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity Center)
  • Chemonics
  • Conservation International
  • Development Associates, Inc. Management and Governmental Consultants
  • Energy/Environment/Development/Design (JMCA, Inc.)
  • Environmental Law Institute (ELI)
  • Pan American Development Foundation (PADF)
  • Rais Foundation
  • Grupo Esquel
  • Innovative Resources Management, Inc.
  • Instituto de Administración Pública de Servicios Comunitarios
  • Island Resources Foundation, Environmental Planning for Development
  • Kettering Foundation
  • Lowenstein Sandler Pc Attorneys at Law
  • Millenium Young People's Congress
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Nevis Historical and Conservation Society
  • North-South Center, University of Miami
  • Organization of Africans in the Americas
  • Pan American Development Foundation
  • Rabil Bates Communication Design Company
  • Race From Extinction
  • Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe
  • Restoration Resources
  • Science Applications International Corporation
  • Seed Capital Development Fund
  • Solar Tours
  • Techno Sur - Technical Services
  • Transforming Small Producer Economies
  • U.S. Agency For International Development (USAID)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Urban Institute
  • World Learning
  • World Resources Institute.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

  • Environment Tobago

UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

  • International Fund Raising Group.

URUGUAY

  • Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe
  • Fondo de las Américas
  • Instituto de Ecología Río Uruguay - Red Uruguaya ONGs Ambientalistas
  • PROGIDES
  • Red Uruguay de ONGs Ambientalistas

VENEZUELA

  • Parlamento Amazónico
  • Parlamento Indígena de América
  • Sistema Económico Latinoamericano (SELA)

Inter-Sectoral Unit for Tourism

It is important to point out that the Inter-Sectoral Unit for Tourism works with trade associations in the implementation of various technical cooperation projects designed to provide support for the multiple tourism development activities underway in the hemisphere. The Unit is also co-sponsoring a series of Educational Seminars and/or Fora on Tourism Training for tacking the challenges that tourism, hotel, and gastronomic businesses will face in the 21st century. The Unit has also been developing an Internet-based mechanism for providing tourism information and for making reservations for accommodation, excursions, and services packages in the Americas.

ARGENTINA

  • Confederación de Organizaciones Turísticas de la América Latina (COTAL)

BARBADOS

  • Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)
  • Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)

CANADA

  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

GUATEMALA

  • Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica (BCIE)
  • Federación de Cámaras Nacionales de Turismo de Centroamérica (FEDECATUR)

MEXICO

  • Confederación Panamericana de Escuelas de Hotelería y Turismo (CONPEHT)

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

  • Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC)

UNITED STATES

  • Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA)
  • Caribbean Latin American Action (CLAA)
  • Caribbean Conservation Association (CCA)
  • Florida Cruise Association (FCCA)
  • Island Resource Foundation (IRF)
  • Conservation International (CI)

UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

  • World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

Unit for the Promotion of Democracy (UPD)

The UPD considers that civil society organizations, in their various guises and with their different mechanisms of interaction with democratic institutions, have a crucial role to play in promoting and consolidating democratic institutions, values and practices. Consequently, the UPD tries to incorporate the perspectives of civil society in its work program, and to strengthen the capacity of democratic institutions and civil society to cooperate in a constructive manner. Following the recommendations of the Santiago Summit, the UPD has intensified its efforts to incorporate elements and actors of civil society in its programs.

The UPD works both formally and informally with a variety of civil society organizations. Over time, the Units’ cooperation with civil society organizations has grown. UPD staff and consultants frequently meet informally with representatives of civil society to share ideas and experience. On a formal level, civil society organizations participate in many UPD projects and programs as counterparts, contributors, or beneficiaries. The special missions in Nicaragua (CIAV), Haiti (MICIVH), Suriname and the Special Program of Support for the Peace Process in Guatemala have had a particularly strong civil society focus and impact.

In its electoral observation work, the UPD is in direct contact on a daily basis with several organizations and representatives of civil society, such as political parties, chambers of commerce, church groups, civic organizations, local observation groups, such as ‘Justicia y Paz’ (Justice and Peace) in Panama, ‘Transparencia’ (Transparency) in Peru, ‘Queremos Elegir’ (We Want to Choose) in Venezuela, and others. The electoral technical assistance area has run electoral training and civic education campaigns in Guatemala, Ecuador, Panama Paraguay, and Peru.

The UPD’s Information and Dialogue Group publishes the Units’ news bulletin, runs its Internet home page, and jointly manages the Political Database of the Americas with the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University. The Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) and the Study Center for State Reform (CERES) of Brazil’s Getúlio Vargas Foundation are also formally associated with the Political Database. The Information and Dialogue Group also manages a series of Democratic Forum seminars that address issues relating to democratic development. The panelists and participants at these seminars include diplomats, politicians, academics, journalists and civil society representatives.

The UPD’s Special Programs, such as Electoral Observation Missions and Special Projects in Post-Conflict and Democratic Transition Situations, are examples of the increasingly broad level of civil society cooperation with UPD programs across the board. Generally speaking, these activities involve a substantial, comprehensive effort, a major commitment in terms of human resources, and a significant presence in the field. These programs include the Technical Cooperation Program in Nicaragua; the Special Program of Support for the Peace Process in Guatemala, in particular the "Culture of Dialogue in Guatemala: "Program for Resource Development for Building Peace" (PROPAZ)," which works with indigenous civil society groups like COMAGUA; the International OAS/UN Civilian Mission to Haiti; and the Special Mission to Suriname.

Democratic Institution-Building

Regional

  • Centro Latinoamericano de Economía Humana (CLAEH)
  • Programa Centroamericano para la Sostenibilidad Democrática (PROCESOS)
  • Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Políticos (INCEP)

National

ARGENTINA

  • Universidad del Belgrano
  • Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Universidad Nacional del Comahue

BOLIVIA

  • Universidad Autónoma "Tomas Frias"
  • Instituto de Formación Femenina Integral

BRAZIL

University of Brasilia

CHILE

  • Universidad de Chile
  • Universidad Alberto Hurtado-Ilades
  • Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)

COLOMBIA

  • Instituto para la Promoción de la Democracia Luis Carlos Galán
  • Pontifica Universidad Javeriana
  • Coalición de Mujeres
  • Universidad de los Andes

COSTA RICA

  • Universidad de Costa Rica

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

  • Proyecto de Apoyo a Iniciativas Democráticas

ECUADOR

  • Corporación Mujer a Mujer
  • Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar
  • Universidad de Cuenca
  • Fundación GAMMA/Red de Mujeres de Azuay
  • Federación Interprovincial de Indígenas Saraguros
  • Universidad del Azuay
  • Coalición Política de Mujeres Andinas
  • Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)

EL SALVADOR

  • Mujeres por la Dignidad y la Vida
  • Fundación Dr. Guillermo Ungo

GUATEMALA

  • Universidad Rafael Landívar
  • Acción Ciudadana

HONDURAS

  • Movimiento de Mujeres

NICARAGUA

  • Hagamos Democracia

PANAMA

  • Universidad Santa María la Antigua
  • La Estrella de Panamá

PERU

  • Grupo Impulsor Mujeres por la Igualdad Real
  • Universidad Católica de Lima
  • Colegio de Periodistas del Perú
  • Universidad Particular San Martín de Porras

UNITED STATES

  • George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management.
  • Georgetown University
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Inter-American Dialogue

VENEZUELA

  • Unión de Mujeres Negras de Venezuela
  • Universidad Central de Venezuela
  • Universidad de Zulia

Decentralization

Central America

  • Federación de Municipios del Istmo Centroamericano, FEMICA y asociaciones afiliadas tales como las Asociaciones nacionales de municipios del área; numerosas alcaldías y empresas mixtas municipales.
  • Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), Centro de Análisis sociocultural
  • FUNDEMUN, Honduras
  • Fundación Demuca, Costa Rica (Organización española)
  • Universidad de Costa Rica
  • Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala

The Caribbean

  • University of the West Indies (UWI)

South America

  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia
  • Universidad del Salvador, Argentina
  • FLACSO, Sede Ecuador
  • Universidad Alberto Hurtado (ILADES), Chile
  • Instituto BrasileIro de Administração Municipal (IBAM)

North America

  • Florida International University, Institute of Public Management and Community Service
  • Organizations of Africans in the Americas (OAA)
  • International City/County Management Federation

Settlement of Disputes, Indigenous Communities, Women

  • Assembly of First Nations of Canada
  • Cultural Survival (USA), Harvard University
  • Indian Law Resource Center
  • ONIC ( Organizacion Nacional Indigena de Colombia
  • Andean Commission of Jurists
  • US Institute for Peace
  • Pontifica Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Santo Domingo
  • International Center for Research on Women

Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM)

In recent years, the Inter-American Commission of Women has worked with civil society organizations in order to progress toward its objectives and to exchange experience and information. In November 1998, recognizing the valuable contributions made by these organizations to women’s issues in our hemisphere and the need to strengthen the relationship of the CIM with them, the XXIX Assembly of Delegates adopted resolution CIM/RES. 208 (XXIX-O/98) "The Inter-American Commission of Women and Civil Society," which instructed the Executive Committee to keep a record of the non-governmental organizations devoted to women’s issues and to examine the possibility of establishing a system of communication and mutual assistance with those organizations.

In compliance with this mandate, over the next two years the CIM will establish closer and more formal relations with the civil society organizations that work in its area of interest. Consequently, we can expect to see a broad and more systematic level of collaboration between the CIM and civil society organizations in the near future.

International

  • The International Federation Of Women Judges (IFWJ)
  • Global Summit of Women
  • Avance
  • International Women’s Media Foundation

National

BELIZE

  • Help for Progress, Belize

CANADA

  • International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy
  • North-South Institute of Canada

CHILE

  • Comisión Latinoamericana Para La Defensa de Los Derechos de La Mujer (CLADEM)

COSTA RICA

  • Asociación Consejo Nacional de Mujeres Indígenas Costarricenses (ACONAMIC)

UNITED STATES

  • International Human Rights Law Institute of the University of de Paul, Chicago
  • Inter-American Dialogue, the Women’s Leadership Conference of the Americas
  • U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute
  • University of Georgetown Latin American Studies.
  • Pan American Development Foundation
  • National Foundation for Women Legislators
  • Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
  • Association for Women in Development
  • Tulane University

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

  • Trinidad and Tobago Network of Non-Governmental Organizations for the Advancement of Women

Executive Secretariat for Integral Development

The Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) has two types of relations with civil society organizations: 1) participation by civil society organizations in technical cooperation projects and programs; and 2) institutional relations between the Executive Secretariat and civil society organizations.

Participation by Civil Society Organizations in Technical Cooperation Projects and Programs.

Civil society organizations participate in technical cooperation projects that are mainly funded with contributions from member states to the Special Multilateral Fund for Integral Development (FEMCIDI). That participation involves execution of funds by civil society organizations of the country receiving such funds. The relationship between a civil society organization and the General Secretariat of the OAS is governed by an implementation agreement.

A number of activities funded by the FEMCIDI include multilateral projects that are coordinated by Specialized Units and Offices of the Secretariat. Civil society organizations are involved in some of these projects, either in directing project activities, or under an implementation agreement or a performance contract with the Secretariat.

Another category of non-continuous indirect relations with entities outside the public sector includes Special Funds for Horizontal Cooperation managed by the SEDI on behalf of a number of member states. Activities in the country that provides the funds sometimes involve partnerships/ties or attendance at training courses by university professors and students, or by employees of the financial or business sectors in countries seeking that assistance.

Institutional relations between the Secretariat and Civil Society Organizations.

More recently, relations have been developing between the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) and a number of civil society organizations that use funding from a Special Fund provided by the United States Government to stimulate new alliance relationships of a more permanent nature in support of the mandate of the CIDI. Civil society organizations targeted by SEDI include businesses, academic institutions, foundations that offer scholarships, "think-tanks", policy research groups and lobbies, and non-governmental organizations.

To date the main instrument set up within the OAS for promoting these relations is the Foundation for the Americas, which distributes human and financial resources furnished by business, government, charities and other non-profit organizations. The Board of Directors of the Foundation includes representatives of for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Civil society organizations that participate in implementation of technical cooperation projects funded by FEMCIDI

  • Opción de Colombia
  • Avance Inc. Family Support and Education of the USA
  • Asociación de Productores para el Desarrollo Rural de BolivIa
  • Movimiento Patriótico Contra la Delincuencia de El Salvador
  • Fundación para el Desarrollo de Guatemala
  • Fundación Desarrollo y Viva de Venezuela
  • Fundación para Orquestas Juveniles de Venezuela
  • Fundación de Atención Integral Juvenil de Venezuela
  • Belize Business Bureau
  • Confederación Nacional de Mediano, Pequeña y Micro Industria de Chile
  • Cámara Nacional de la Mediana y Pequeña Industria de Nicaragua
  • Federación de Cajas de Credito de El Salvador
  • Tourism Product Development Ltd of Jamaica
  • Viva Café Forever de Colombia
  • Nacional Financiera Snc (NAFIN) de México
  • Centro de Capacitación de la Industria Papelera de Colombia
  • African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica
  • Society for Promotion of Education and Research (SPEAR) of Belize
  • Instituto Latinoamericano de Comunicación Educativa
  • Centro de Investigaciones Pedagógicas de Chile
  • Red Universitaria de Estudios Para la Democracia
  • Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior de México
  • Instituto Mora de México
  • Centro de Experimentación para el Desarrollo de la Formación Tecnológica de México
  • Centro de Educación para la Democracia de Nicaragua
  • Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Mujer de El Salvador
  • Centro Interamericano de Artesanías y Artes Populares (Ecuador)
  • Universidad Rafael Landivar de Guatemala
  • Red Biológica para el Fenómeno de El Niño (Perú)
  • Instituto de Solidaridad y Desarrollo de Uruguay
  • Centro de Documentación de Literatura Infantil de Venezuela

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