Working Together at the Summit of the Americas


"We must choose the future over the past, because we know that the future holds enormous opportunities if we work together."
—President Obama, “Choosing a Better Future in the Americas,” op-ed published on April 16, 2009 in advance of the Summit of the Americas
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On April 17-19, 2009, the leaders of 34 countries will meet in Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of the Americas. The leaders, including President Obama, have a lot to discuss—the weighty theme of this year’s summit is “Securing Our Citizens’ Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability.”

In advance of the summit, President Obama wrote an op-ed piece that was published in papers throughout the Americas. In the piece, President Obama signaled his intent to create “21st century partnerships, freed from the posturing of the past.”

Learn more about the issues facing the Americas with these resources from YES!

More from YES! on Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability

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  • For years the U.S. imposed authoritarian leaders and corporate-friendly policies on Latin American countries. Now the countries are setting their own path.

  • Economic globalization is driving workers north. Often, they leave their rights at the border

  • The Cuban health care system is producing a population that is as healthy as those of the world's wealthiest countries at a fraction of the cost. Read more about Cuba's cure

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Laura Kaliebe wrote this article for YES! Magazine. Laura is an online editorial intern at YES!