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IAP2 Welcomes Latin America as Emerging Affiliate

Friday, April 12, 2019  
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It is our pleasure to announce the application for status as Emerging Affiliate with IAP2 from Latin America was accepted and approved by the IAP2 International Board.

Led by co-chairs Martin de los Rios and Jorge Enrique Vega Vargas, the Steering Committee to form the affiliate includes dedicated volunteers with vast experience in public engagement from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The International committee led by John Poynton and International staff will continue to support Latin America through this journey.

IAP2 Latin America will cover Central America, South America and the Caribbean at its inception with the opportunity for parts of this region and members to develop an interest and create their own region/affiliate in the future.

“Latin America has been historically characterised as a region where its people have self-organised to defend and warranty its rights as citizens; however, Latin Americans today are living the consequences of totalitarian and populist governments empowered through free elections. Latin America is today waking up to governance processes that emphasize transparency, a high level of citizen participation, and negotiated conflict resolution.”

IAP2 Latin America will join the established IAP2 Affiliates in Australasia, Canada, Indonesia, Italy, Southern Africa and the United States in supporting IAP2 values and advancing the principles and practice of public participation around the world.

On behalf of the International Board it is our pleasure to welcome Latin America to the IAP2 International Federation.

Welcome Latin America!

For more information please contact Ellen Ernst, IAP2 International Executive Manager at