FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Advances Democratic Renewal Agenda on the Ninth Summit of the Americas

Selling democratic values ​​and good governance has been a core element of the Summit of the Americas because the first Summit in 1994, with leaders on the Third Summit in 2001 articulating the ideas that will later be embodied within the Inter-American Democratic Constitution and pledging to struggle corruption that undermines additional democratic governance on the Eight Summit in 2018. This Summit, with the theme “Constructing a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future,” proceed this custom. Our Administration and companions will push again in opposition to the threats to our democracies by fortifying democratic establishments, investing in civil society, strengthening impartial media, and following by way of on a regional digital transformation that’s clear and equitable.

  • Implementing the Inter-American Motion Plan on Democratic Governance: The Administration introduced the “Presidential Initiative for Democratic Renewal” on the December 2021 Summit of Democracy, and the Division of State and USAID have devoted over $477 million to help democracy, human rights, preventing corruption, and the rule of regulation within the Western Hemisphere. We can even advance the work of governments within the Western Hemisphere associated to monetary transparency and justice reform according to the Summit for Democracy 12 months of Motion. Our continued contributions will help the UN Conference In opposition to Corruption (UNCAC) Implementation Assessment Mechanism and the Comply with-Up Mechanism to the Inter-American Conference In opposition to Corruption (MESICIC).
  • Investments in Civil Society: A resilient, efficient, and thriving civil society is a necessary constructing block of democracy, preventing corruption, and inclusive, equitable improvement. Working with Congress, the Administration will make investments roughly $75 million over three years throughout 300 regionally based mostly, community-led organizations through the US Authorities’s Inter-American Basis to empower native civil society organizations, together with underrepresented and underserved populations. Further help will strengthen the Citizen Discussion board of the Americas to construct civil society’s capability to have interaction with governments and monitor implementation of Summit commitments, and broaden the Citizen Corruption Observatory, which gives technical help for civil society’s anti-corruption efforts.
  • USAID will launch the interagency Voices (Voces) Initiative, devoting $42 million to guard, defend, and promote civic area in Central America. These applications will give attention to Selling Digital Democracy and Countering Digital Authoritarianism; Selling Freedom of Expression and Strengthening Unbiased Media; and Countering Criminalization and Offering Safety. The Unite States will work alongside like-minded companions—governments within the area and past, the worldwide neighborhood, civil society, the non-public sector, and others—to advocate for the safety of internationally acknowledged human rights reminiscent of freedom of expression and affiliation.
  • Selling Unbiased Media and Data Integrity: The US joined Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay as inaugural members of the Group of American States (OAS) Group of Mates of Freedom of Expression and Journalism and can work with these nations to deal with assaults in opposition to media and efforts to silence essential voices. In parallel, we’ll present seed funding and can endorse the OAS and US-based non-government companions to launch the Middle for Media and Data Integrity program. The US can even broaden its Digital Communications Community, a cross-section of digital leaders, builders, influencers, educators, and specialists to bridge the divide between digital, conventional media, and new media, to the Americas to allow native companions to raised handle disinformation.
  • World Partnership for Motion on Gender-Primarily based On-line Harassment and Abuse: On-line harassment and abuse is a shared problem to the total and equal participation of girls and ladies, one which spans hemispheres. Reinforcing our nations’ shared commitments to advancing the standing of girls and ladies as a precondition of strengthening our democracies, Canada and Chile will be part of the US as members of the World Partnership for Motion on Gender-Primarily based On-line Harassment and Abuse. First introduced on the US Summit for Democracy, the World Partnership brings collectively a core set of companion nations to collectively decide to a 12 months of Motion—in session with authorities companions, worldwide organizations, teachers, civil society, and the non-public sector—to enhance the response to technology-facilitated gender-based violence and promote efficient prevention methods.