Background and Previous Summits
BACKGROUND PREVIOUS SUMMITS
The Summits of the Americas are institutionalized gatherings of heads of state and government of the member states of the Western Hemisphere where leaders discuss common policy issues, affirm shared values and commit to concerted actions at the national and regional level to address continuing and new challenges faced by countries in the Americas.
Since the beginning of the Summits Process, the Heads of State and Government have established a vast array of priorities that appropriately tackles the priorities and the necessities of the people of the Hemisphere. Democracy has always been a central subject in the Summits despite the heterogeneity of Summit themes. It has been addressed according to the needs and concerns of the Member States, including the construction of a democratic hemispheric community, the preservation and strengthening of the democratic system, good governance, and the inter-relationship between democracy and socio-economic issues.
In order to seek mechanisms to improve the Summit Process, and in order to propose concrete and viable solutions, the Summits Secretariat has worked actively and jointly with the OAS General Secretariat and Member States and has prepared an initial proposal for a follow-up System on the mandates of the Summit of the Americas. SISCA is a mechanism that provides Member States the tools needed to facilitate the achievement of the targets set in the mandates, in order to be measurable for a long and medium term through a results-oriented management.
Growth, employment, poverty, environmental sustainability, energy security, discrimination and crime are all issues that can be resolved with the democratic adoption and implementation of effective and efficient public policies. The Summit Process is looking for a multidimensional way to strengthen democracy and governance, helping to reduce poverty and increase opportunities in the Americas.
In this regard, the management of mandates oriented to results, plays an important role in generating information for decision-making by governments, particularly in relation to the continuity of its policies and the appointment of resources needed to their implementation. Through greater efficiency in information processing and systematization of the results, SISCA becomes a useful tool in promoting greater transparency and efficiency in the follow-up process. Through more efficient data processing and systematization of results, the follow-up system constitutes a useful tool to promote greater effectiveness in following up on the commitments assumed at the Summits of the Americas.
It creates an important forum, not only for institution-building, but, especially, for the exercise of democracy.
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