Canada and the Summit of the Americas

Leaders at the Sixth Summit of the Americas
Leaders at the Sixth Summit of the Americas

The Summit of the Americas brings together the leaders of the 34 democratic countries of the Americas to address common challenges. Through this process, leaders advance a shared agenda for strengthening democracy, human rights, security and prosperity. 

Sixth Summit of the Americas

The Sixth Summit of the Americas, was held in Cartagena, Colombia, from April 14 to 15, 2012, and focused on the theme “Connecting the Americas: Partners for Prosperity."

The theme was selected to underscore to the international community that the Americas is a place of opportunities, where countries are determined to work together to overcome common challenges through supportive cooperation and efforts to achieve higher levels of growth and prosperity.

The Summit focused on five sub-themes: 

  • disaster risk reduction and management;
  • poverty and inequality;
  • the lag in accessing and using information and communication technologies;
  • citizen security and transnational organized crime; and
  • physical integration. 

Leaders adopted a series of commitments to address each of the five sub-themes. The Summit concluded with a statement by the host, President Santos of Colombia.

Prime Minister Harper participated at the Cartagena Summit accompanied by Minister Fast and Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs).  The Prime minister announced Canada’s support to enhance security in the Americas and support for economic growth and development in the Americas. On the margins of the Summit, the Prime Minister also participated in the Business Summit where he delivered  remarks.

The next Summit will be held in Panama in 2015.

Earlier Summits

The First Summit of the Americas took place in Miami, USA, in 1994, followed by:

One notable outcome of the summit process was the adoption of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, through which the countries of the region uphold a collective commitment to democracy. 

National reports on the implementation of commitments from previous summits are also available on the website of the Organization of American States.

National Report of Canada on Implementation of Commitments from the Fifth Summit of the Americas (PDF)
National Report of Canada on Implementation of Commitments from the Fifth Summit of the Americas (PDF version, 3 MB) *

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