97th meeting of the Directing Council of the Inter-American Institute of Children and Adolescents concludes

97th meeting of the Directing Council of the Inter-American Institute of Children and Adolescents concludes

The Inter-American Children’s Institute of the OAS concluded its 97th Regular Meeting of the Directing Council in Kingston Jamaica. In two days there was an important exchange of experiences between the highest childhood authorities in the region, social organizations and children and adolescents. In addition, reports were presented and new authorities were elected.

The Undersecretary of Children of the Government of Chile, Verónica Silva Villalobos, was elected to occupy the position of presidency of the Directing Council of the organization, while Linda Amaya De Morán, Executive Director of the National Council of Children and Adolescents of the government from El Salvador, was elected to the position of vice president.

During the event, intergenerational technical tables on Early Childhood and Systems for the Comprehensive Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children and Adolescents (SIPINNA) were developed, with the active participation of children and adolescents from various regions of the Americas.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, highlighted in his speech during the opening of the event, the role of the IIN as an articulator in the promotion of the rights of children and adolescents among States, civil society and the Inter-American System.

In addition to the 18 state authorities present, representatives of the Network of Children and Adolescent Correspondents (Red Coria), Red Surca, and RedNNACEM participated, as well as observers from international organizations and members of civil society.

Representatives of OMEP presented the “Decade of Early Childhood Education”, and members of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) presented the work of the SUN initiative in the Americas.

The director of the IINOEA, María Julia Garcete, presented to the authorities the actions carried out by the organization in the last period and presented to the representatives of the Directing Council the Centennial Action Plan, which defines the work of the next four years, and which was approved by the States present.