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Democratic Governance against Corruption to be theme of Peru Summit of the Americas in 2018
Jun 21, 2017 - 12:53:43 AM

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The Eighth Summit of the Americas, which will be held in Lima, Peru, in April 2018, will have Democratic Governance against Corruption as its core theme, announced the Peruvian foreign minister, Ricardo Luna, at the forty-seventh regular session of the OAS General Assembly currently under way in Cancún, Mexico.

Luna made the announcement at the first ministerial meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG). The minister said that the preparations for the coming summit were an opportunity “to reflect on democratic governance and how it is impacted by corruption,” as well as “to evaluate concrete measures to combat impunity through regional cooperation.”

The Peruvian foreign minister proposed supplementing and bolstering existing mechanisms and instruments of the inter-American system, such as the Inter-American Convention against Corruption and its follow-up mechanism (MESICIC). Peru announced that it would “pursue efforts in partnership with all the countries of the Hemisphere, so that the Lima Summit will help to strengthen existing mechanisms by making them more effective and, where appropriate, institute new ones needed to address this fundamental challenge.”

OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, said that next year’s summit offers an opportunity “for us to agree at the highest level on the measures that our region needs to guide it toward the consolidation on a day-to-day level of the values and principles that bind our countries together in democracy and human rights.”

“The future of the region stands at a critical juncture because of the threats to democratic governance, whether from the corruption that is eating away at institutions from within in several countries, or because they have been turned into empty shells by an authoritarian regime that curtails the individual guarantees and freedoms of citizens, as is currently the case in Venezuela,” he added.

The venue of the next Summit of the Americas, a periodic gathering of the Heads of State and Government of the Hemisphere’s countries, was determined at the Seventh Summit, which was held in Panama in 2015.

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