Media Note
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 21, 2009


Date: 05/21/2009 Description: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with representatives of the member institutions of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) in Washington, D.C., May 21, 2009. State Dept Photo

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met today with the member institutions of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) in Washington, D.C. Secretary Clinton pledged the support of the United States Government to work with the members of the JSWG to implement initiatives announced at the April 17-19 Summit of the Americas. The discussion focused on concrete, coordinated actions in the following areas: economic recovery, the Inter-American Social Protection Network, the Microfinance Growth Fund, the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, citizen safety, and democratic governance.

Secretary Clinton hosted her first U.S.-JSWG Meeting on April 19, 2009 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on the margins of the Fifth Summit of the Americas.

In the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain, the Hemisphere’s leaders called upon “the institutions of the Joint Summit Working Group to further strengthen their commitment and to develop coordinated programs of action aimed at achieving the goals for the Americas set out in this Declaration.”

The members of the JSWG are: the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank Group, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the Institute for Connectivity in the Americas (ICA).

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PRN: 2009/495