Children and adolescents participated in preparatory virtual forums for the III Pan-American Child Forum

During the month of July, three preparatory virtual forums were held on the eve of the III Pan American Forum of Children and Adolescents that will take place in Cartagena, Colombia between October 28 and 31, 2019.

The Forums were divided into subregions: Central America (to which Mexico and the Dominican Republic joined), North America-Caribbean and South America, had the leading participation of the members of the Network of Children and Adolescents Correspondents (CORIA Network), children of organized groups and advisory councils in the region.

The adults who participated exercised the role of listening, moderation, synthesis and registration. For this, the IIN-OAS through the area of ​​Promotion and Protection of Rights had the support of participation technicians, members of the Child and Adolescent Participation Link Conversations (CEPIA), members of the Regional Group of Advisers on Adolescent Child Participation (GRAPIA) and Referential Adults of Adolescent Child Correspondents (ARCO).

These instances were an oportunity to exchange and discuss the document previously made by the participants, on the recommendations of the Pan American Forum I (2010) and II (2014). In addition to reflecting on the validity of these recommendations, new ones were formulated, and the participants expressed the commitments they are willing to assume.

  • Central America Forum- July 9. Around 90 children and adolescents from: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico and Panama participated.
  • North America and Caribbean Forum – July 16. Around 8 children and adolescents from: Canada, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago participated.
  • South America Forum – July 23. Around 50 children and adolescents from: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela participated.

The IIN-OAS thanks the children, adolescents, youth and adults participating in these spaces of exchange, opinion and listening.

Cartagena will host the XXII Pan-American Child and Adolescent Congress

Cartagena will host the XXII Pan-American Child and Adolescent Congress


Through resolution CD/RES. 11 (93-R/18) adopted during the 93rd Regular Meeting of the Directing Council held in October 2018, this Council approved the organization of the XXII Pan-American of the Child and Adolescents Congress, III Pan-American Child Forum and of The 94th Ordinary Meeting of the Directing Council of the IIN, in the city of Cartagena, Colombia, between October 28 and November 1, 2019.

These events will be organized by the IIN-OAS and the Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF).

The Directing Council of the IIN reiterates its commitment to the development of these meetings, being, in its order, the events of the highest hierarchy in matters of children and adolescents in the Inter-American System.