Interviews with activists: Sidney Francis, President of the Central American Black Organization
The 41st regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) was held from June 5th to 7th 2011, in the Central American country of El Salvador.
A number of civil society organizations (CSOs) that were approved by the OAS Permanent Council, received official invitations under the accreditation of "Special Guest" .
These included CSOs from the Americas that represented women, youth, religious minorities, Indigenous peoples and African descendants among others.
Four civil society events were held in the framework of the meeting. These included an informal conversation between the OAS Secretary General, and the CSO Representatives on June 4th, which provided an opportunity for dialogue and an exchange points of view on OAS programmes.
Following this session, CSO representatives met among themselves with the aim of formulating recommendations and nominating the participants who were to present their recommendations and final declarations.
On Sunday 5th June 2011, CSO Representatives met with the OAS Secretary General and the the Heads of Delegations of the Member States to exchange experiences and present their final declarations which included recommendations for consideration by the Secretary General and Delegation Heads.
The interview was conducted with Sidney Francis, president of the Central American Black Organization (CABO-ONECA) who was responsible for presenting the final declaration on behalf of the regions's African-descendant CSOs. Among the themes discussed in the interview are the preparatory process for OAS General Assemblies, and the response of regional governments to the declaration by the UN of 2011 as The Year of African Descendants.
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