The United States is preparing to host the Ninth Summit of the Americas and currently serves as Chair of the Summit’s deliberative body, the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG). The Summit has taken place approximately once every three years since 1994 and is the only meeting of all leaders from the countries of North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean. This will be the first time the United States has hosted the Summit since the inaugural meeting in Miami, in 1994.
President Joe Biden envisions an Americas “secure, middle class and democratic, from the northern reaches of Canada to the southern tip of Chile.” As host of the Ninth Summit of the Americas we will build upon our longstanding commitment to and partnership with all the people of our hemisphere, expanding our economic and cultural ties, building upon our shared democratic values, our commitment to the rule of law, and our determination to protect the human rights of all. We share many challenges, but also many opportunities, and through the Summit of the Americas process we can work together to meet them together.
We’ve all suffered heavy losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will need to work together to build back a better hemisphere, and we know that this will require dialogue. As we prepare the agenda for the Ninth Summit, we look forward to substantive discussions with the governments of the Americas and with the region’s institutions, independent non-governmental and civil society organizations, and stakeholders from every walk of life. Such broad-based participation from across the hemisphere has long been a hallmark of the Summit of the Americas process. We look forward to welcoming participation of representatives from marginalized communities, including women and girls, people of African descent, indigenous peoples, members of the LGBTQI+ community, people with disabilities, and members of religious, non-religious, and ethnic minority communities.