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APG brings together approximately 40 Canadian NGOs focused on development and social justice issues in the Americas.

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WHO WE ARE
The Americas Policy Group (APG) is a Canadian civil society policy group focused on development and social justice issues in the Americas. It brings together approximately forty international development and humanitarian NGOs, human rights groups, labour unions, research institutions, church and solidarity groups.


WHAT WE DO
The APG's mandate is to provide a space for collective reflection and the articulation of co-ordinated policy positions, as well as dialogue, and advocacy with the Canadian government, other governments, and other decision-making bodies. In fulfilling this mandate, the APG works to:

• Monitor, share and document member and partner experience and analysis on development and human rights
issues in Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Enhance the capacity of members to undertake policy work concerning the Americas.
• Participate collectively in relevant international networks.
• Ensure dialogue and action on Americas policy issues at CCIC.

The APG and its member organizations have a history of active collaboration with Central and South American civil society organizations. Many of our members participate in regular missions to the region, others have permanent field staff, and all have regular contact with local policy analysts and human rights activists.


GOVERNANCE
The APG Steering Committee helps guide the political and strategic orientation of the Americas Policy Group (APG) and supports the Regional Working Group Officer with ideas and feedback between meetings. The Steering Committee is composed of two co-chairs, a treasurer and a member at large. The co-chairs are responsible for chairing APG’s bi-annual meetings and ensuring that they run effectively and efficiently. They also sign off on official APG letters. Steering Committee members commit to a two-year term.


ACTIVITIES
In the coming year, the APG will continue to bring a human rights lens to major areas of Canadian foreign policy towards the Americas such as trade, democratic governance, and security. The main activities of the APG are:
1. Coordination and communications
2. Advocacy and mobilization
3. Research and analysis
4. Learning Events


MEMBERSHIP
Open to organizations with a policy and/or program interest in the Americas. A majority of participants must be CCIC members.

More information on Policy and Membership Guidelines, available here


JOIN TODAY - CONTACT:

Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)
39 McArthur Ave., Ottawa, ON, K1L 8L7
www.ccic.ca

Isabelle Bourassa
Regional Working Group Officer
Tel: (613) 241-7007 ext. 321
E-mail: ibourassa@ccic.ca

Laura Avalos
Regional Working Group Program Assistant
Tel: (613) 241-7007 ext. 339
E-mail: lavalos@ccic.ca

 

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