On September 25th the Regional Summit for the Americas brought together in Washington DC more than 70 policy makers from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Guatemala, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Lucia, Spain, Hungary, Kenya and the United States.

The session took place at the Capitol Hill and was closured at the headquarters of the Organization of American States. In addition to the plenary session, three working groups took place, where experts from the academia and civil society worked together with legislators in three specific areas: Human dignity and the value of life and motherhood; 
redefinition of marriage and the family as a challenge to fundamental freedoms; and the protection of fundamental freedoms, in particular of conscientious objection in the context of education. 

Regional Summit of the Americas
Date: 25.09.2015

Venue: Rayburn Gold Room at Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Inter-Parliamentary Panel 

Promoting fundamental values in a globalized political context:

challenges and responses
Chair of the panel:

Alfonso Aguilar. Executive Director of Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles.

Introduction to the Challenges and risks of the Inter-American System.

Mr. Jaime Mayor Oreja. Former Member of the European Parliament

and Minister of Home Affairs (Spain)
A Trans-Atlantic dialogue - a necessity in defense of fundamental values.


H.E. Milton Enriquez, Minister of Home Affairs, Panama

H.E. Katalin Novák, Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs, Hungary

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

Cultural imperialism undermining the value of family.

Congressmas Chris Smith

Global Challenges for the protection of human life

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

The fight for religious freedom in the US

Parliamentarians' contributions to the Dialogue.

Afternoon Workshops 
Shared strategies promoting values in the Inter-American context

Turning knowledge into better decisions:                                                 

Academic presentation on most recent research

on the issues of concern.

Sharing best practices:

Presentations by legislators of successful cases

and learned lessons from failures

Call to action:

creating fruitful synergies in a vertical global-local

approach fostering transatlantic collaboration

among legislators and political leaders.

Workshop 1:                                                          Workshop 2:                                                              Workshop 3:

Human dignity and the value                          Redefinition of marriage and                              Protecting fundamental

of life and motherhood.                                    family - a challenge to                                            liberties: Conscientious
Moderator:                                                            fundamental freedoms.                                        objection  in the context of education.
Carlos Polo                                                           Moderator:  Neydy Casillas                                  Moderator: Rodrigo Iván Cortés     
Population Research Institute                        Alliance Defending Freedom                                 Red de Acción Ética Política
Opening Speakers (W1):
Marcelo Bartolini, Early Institute. Women’s exploitation for reproductive purposes.
William Saunders, Americans United for Life. Status Report on the Defense of Life in Latin America.
Isabel María Salazar, Partido Social Cristiano, Expert on Women and Family issues, Ecuador. The battle for life in Ecuador.

Opening Speakers (W2):
Ryan Anderson, Heritage Foundation. Redefinition of marriage and family: a challenge to religious freedom and freedom of conscience. Consequences of the Obergefell v. Hodges SCOTUS decision 
Julio Rosas, Member of Parliament. The case of the Bill proposal on civil unions or gay marriage in Peru

Opening Speakers (W3):
Patrick Fagan, MARRI Institute. How can parent’s right to education be protected?
Raquel Jimenez, Former Member of Parliament. Law on Protection of Children and Adolescents in Mexico.

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