new internet portal "Citizenship 2.0-transforming Latin
America", was launched on Monday, May 30. Its aim is to
encourage participation of citizens, especially young people, in the
preparatory discussions of the XXI Ibero-American Summit of Heads of
State and Government, whose central theme will be "State
Transformation and Development" which will be held in Asuncion,
Paraguay, on 28 and October 29, 2011.
This project is an initiative of the General
Iberoamerican Secretary, Enrique V. Iglesias, who aims to encourage
citizen participation in the issues being discussed at the Summit,
as well as boosting the use of new information technologies and
social networks. The portal is part of a plan of joint activities of
the General Iberoamerican Secretariat and the Institute for Latin
America at the University of Salamanca.
Monday 30th also were launched two other priority activities within
the project. The first is a Young Researchers Seminar about
"Transforming the state and development." The second is an
essay contest whose theme is "New strategies to strengthen the
state and improve the conditions for development in Latin America."
Both activities will have a specialized jury that will choose the
best best paper. The award will be an invitation to attend the next
Summit of Heads of State and Government.
the coming months, workshops of Debate 2.0 will be held in four Latin
American cities (Quito, Cordoba, Mexico and São Paulo), from which
further discussions will also be presented to the Summit. They will
complement the "Recommendation Document" prepared by the
participants of the first Workshop Salamanca 2.0, held in the Latin
American Institute at the University of Salamanca on 23 May 2011. To