To initiate reflection and discussion on some of the topics mentioned above, please consider your response to the following questions:
- We often hear talk of Summititis--that there are too many Summits, too often and with too many mandates; however, in comparison with other Summit processes (SEGIB, CELAC, ASEAN, UN), which meet annually or bi-annually, the Summits of the Americas are convened only once every three years. In your opinion, should the Heads of State of the OAS member states meet more often or less often? Why?
- What are some of the main successes and primary outcomes of the Summits of the Americas Process? Do you have any specific examples to share of how policies or programs adopted at a particular Summit of the Americas have impacted on your country, your community, or your personal experience?
- The Summit of the Americas process is twenty years old. Do you think that the process has evolved sufficiently over the years to be an effective consultative, policy-generating and implementing mechanism? If so, what are some of these successful adaptations and how can they be furthered? If not, how can the Summit process be modernized?
- How can non-governmental actors realize the greatest impact on the Summit process? Are there other “doors” or avenues through which they can more effectively influence public policy and political decision-making?
Please feel free to post your own questions and reflections, and thank you in advance for your interest and participation in this forum.