The United States and the
Summit of the Americas
An update on U.S.
actions to implement the hemisphere’s agenda
us go forward to build an age of prosperity in a hemisphere of
liberty. Together, let us use this Summit of the Americas to launch the
century of the Americas.
President George W. Bush, Quebec City, Canada, April 21, 2001
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months after his inauguration in 2001, President George W. Bush attended the
third Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, Canada, joining the 33 other
democratic leaders of the hemisphere in renewing and expanding their common
agenda for the hemisphere. This agenda, built on the accomplishments and work
initiated in the 1994 Miami Summit and the 1998 Santiago Summit, reflects the
values of democracy, human rights, and open markets shared by the region’s
leaders, and their acknowledged responsibility to actively defend those values.
Summit of the Americas is a unique mechanism for the heads of state and heads of
governments to discuss solutions to common political, economic, and social
problems in a multilateral and comprehensive way. The Quebec City Summit
focused on strengthening democracy, creating prosperity, and realizing human
potential. Leaders at the Quebec City Summit mandated creation of the
Inter-American Democratic Charter and emphasized the need to address areas like
health, education and equitable growth that directly improve people’s quality of
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May 05, 2003