October 18, 2000
Translation: FTAA Secretariat
COMMITTEE OF GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES ON THE PARTICIPATION OF
CONTRIBUTION IN RESPONSE TO THE OPEN INVITATION
1. Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales,
3. Alianza Chilena para un Comercio Justo y Responsable
1. Latin American regional organization
2. Chilean Nongovernmental Organization
3. Chilean Nongovernmental Organization
1. Latin American and the Caribbean
CONSIDERING the general consensus within
our Hemisphere in which our governments, the main organizations of civil
society and the international organizations all agree on respect for
democracy and human rights, as has been underscored at the two Summits of
the Americas and the parellel meetings held by the organizations of civil
RECALLING that transparency is a substantive goal for good governance and
the development of better democratic practices;
EMPHASIZING that cooperation is the most efficient means for satisfying
needs and ensuring mutual benefit;
WE RECOMMEND AS FOLLOWS:
1. Establish effective and equitable mechanisms by which interested
civil society organizations can access information on the FTAA process.
It is recommended that mechanisms be established to facilitate access to:
(i) official documents; (ii) proposals; and (iii) other significant
documents for understanding the process.
2. Create mechanisms for participation by civil society organizations
at the hemispheric, subregional and national level.
These mechanisms will make it possible to promote discussions between the
official participants and the organizations of civil society. This, in
turn, will open the process up to more fluid dialogue and permit the
opinions of the different nongovernmental actors to be included.
Promoting a global framework may provide an incentive for subregional and
national participation. To this end, intergovernmental agreements should
establish mechanisms for consultation prior to the signing of agreement.