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Minutes - Reunion Anual 2008, Quebec, Quebec, Canadá

Edited with notes taken by Tony Affigne of the USA, Silvaine Zimermann of Canada and Paty Doneau of Mexico

The General Assembly is integrated by representatives of: Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the United States, Mexico, and Venezuela. Representatives of the Federations of the Green Parties of Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe, as well as representatives of the Green Global Coordination and the Global Green Network participate as observers. Representatives of the Green Party of Bolivia, Party Green Party of Guatemala and Party Les Verts de Guyane have been officially invited and are present at the meeting.

The Co-chairman Marco Antonio Mroz of Brazil inaugurates the Annual Meeting of the General Assembly of the Federation, introducing the other Co-chairmans: Julia Willebrand of the United States and Jorge González Torres of Mexico.

The Co President of the FPVA, Jorge González Torres of Mexico, opens the meeting indicating the increasing global force of the Greens and the necessity to continue working to further fortify the unit among all the Greens of the planet. He emphasizes that the main objective of the annual meetings of the FPVA is to share experiences and achievements among the members, observers and guests in order to strengthen the relations and contribute to the advancement of all the Green Parties of the world.

Marco Antonio Mroz proposes Tony Affigne, of the USA, as moderator. Julia Willebrand of the USA proposes Silvaine Zimermann, of Canada, to take notes for the draft of the meeting.

Agenda

Presentation of the proposed ,Agenda previously prepared with recommendations of the Co Presidents of the FPVA and the delegates of the member parties. The Agenda is approved in the following terms:

1. Introductions of the delegates to the General Assembly of the FPVA, as well as of the observers and guests
2. Definite approval of the act of the Venezuela Annual meeting.
3. Proposal for the acceptance with status of observers of: Green Party of Bolivia, Green Party the Greens of Guatemala and Party Les Verts de Guyane.
4. Proposal for the creation of a Foundation of the Green Parties of the Americas.
5. Overseas European parliamentary elections.
6. Parliamentary elections of Mercosur 2010.
7. Development of the joint position of the FGPA, within the framework of the Global Green, for the World Social Forum of Bethlehem, Brazil in January of 2009.
8. Analysis of the participation of the Green Young people in the FGPA
9. Creation of the Women Committee in the FGPA
10. Presentation of the project to create the Secretariat of the Global Green as approved in the Green Global Congress of Sao Paolo. Position of the FGPA on the matter.
11. Analysis of the roll of the Global Green Network in relation to the proposed Secretariat. Position of the FGPA on the matter.
12. Executive committee, rights and obligations.
13. Executive Committee election.
14. Web site FGPA
15. Statutes revision FGPA
16. Election of the country for the next Annual Meeting
17. Other motions (Presentation of observers and non official guests)
18. Approval of the declaration and Closing Ceremony


AGENDA OF THE 2008 ANNUAL MEETING

1. Introduction of delegates, participant observers and official guests.

FGPA Co-Presidentes
Julia Willebrand (the USA) Jorge González Torres (Mexico) Marco Antonio Mroz (Brazil)

FGPA Delegates
Julia Willebrand (United States, Green Party of the United States)
Jorge González Torres (Mexico, Partido Verde Ecologista de México)
Marco Antonio Mroz (Brasil, Partido Verde do Brasil)
Leonardo Álvarez Romo (Mexico, Partido Verde Ecologista de México)
Fabio Mariño Vargas (Colombia, Partido Verde Oxígeno)
Jean Cloutier (Canada, Parti Vert du Canada)
Silvaine Zimmermann (Canada, Green Party of Canada)
Fulvia Monti (Venezuela, Movimiento Ecológico de Venezuela)
Manuel Diaz Capdevilla (Venezuela, Movimiento Ecológico de Venezuela)
Manuel Baquedano (Chile, Partido Verde Ecologista de Chile)
Tony Affigne (United States, Green Party of the United States)
Roberta Moreno (Brasil, Partido Verde do Brasil)

FGPA Executive Secretariat
Patricia Doneau (Mexico, Partido Verde Ecologista de Mexico)

Observers of the Green Federations and the Green Global organisms
Margaret Blakers (Australia, The Green; Global Green Coordination-Asia/Pacific)
Catherine Grèze (France, Les Verts; Global Green Coordination/Europe)
Johan Hamels (Belgium, Groen; Global Green Coordination/Europe)
Adamou Garba (Niger, Rassemblement pour a Sahel Vert; Global Green Coordination/Africa)
John Rensenbrink (the USA, Green Party of the United States, Global Green Network)
Justine McCabe (the USA, Green Party of the United States Co-chairman, International Committee)

Official Guests to the FGPA Annual Reunion
Margot Soria Saravia (Green Party of Bolivia)
Roberto Cáceres (Party the Greens of Guatemala)
Matilde Baján (Party the Greens of Guatemala)
Michel Didier Dumoutier (Party Les Verts de Guyane)

2. – Report of the Annual Meeting of the Federation of the Green Parties of the Americas, that took place in Caracas-Valencia, Venezuela 2007
Participants are informed that the report of the Venezuela meeting was sent to all the members of the FGPA and that it was placed and available in the Web page of the Federation during the course of several months. The observations of the participants were taken into account and were included in the act. It is unanimously accepted.

3. – Propose to incorporate new parties with an observer status.
The Assembly unanimously agreed to grant to the Green Party of Bolivia and the Party “The Greens” of Guatemala, an observer status as a previous step to initiate the process towards obtaining a full membership, after fulfilling the established requirements. The process will be reviewed during the following annual meeting of the FPVA. Manuel Baquedano (Chile) is the one in charge of receiving and reviewing the documentation required from both parties.

The Assembly unanimously agreed to grant to the Party Les Verts de Guyane an observer status. The Assembly also agreed to analyze the possibility to include in the statutes a new kind of permanent observer status destined to parties in the Continent that have similar conditions to those of Les Verts de Guyane.

Following approval of their observer status, the representatives of the Green Party of Bolivia, The Green Party of Guatemala and Party Les Verts de Guyane, were welcomed to sit among the General Assembly. Their representatives informed the Assembly of the situation and the achievements of their parties.

4. - Proposal for the creation of a Foundation of Green Parties of the Americas
After hearing an Exploratory Committee report by Marco Antonio Mroz ( Brazil), Manuel Diaz Capdevilla (Venezuela) and Manuel Baquedano (Chile), the General Assembly unanimously agreed to endorse in principle, the creation of a non-governmental organization, a Green Foundation, to promote the growth of the Green parties in the Americas.
The Assembly unanimously appointed Manuel Baquedano as the Coordinator of the project. It was agreed that each party member of the FGPA could designate a person in charge of the legal matters concerning the creation of the Foundation and that the final proposal and the draft of the statutes should be distributed in Spanish and in English, and sent to the members of the FGPA no later than a month prior to the 2009 Annual Meeting.

5. European parliamentary elections of overseas deputies.
The Assembly unanimously agreed that the member Parties of the FGPA should support their Green militants with double nationality, with the capability to be candidates in the European parliamentary elections. Fulvia Monti (Venezuela) displayed the specific case of the Italian Greens and the elections programmed for June 7, 2009. Marco Antonio Mroz was designated to provide legal details and background information.

6. Parliamentary elections of the Mercosur in 2010.
The Assembly unanimously agreed to support the members of the Green Parties of the FGPA in the Mercosur area: Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela (Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Peru are associated members of Mercosur) in their efforts to organize the Green candidacies for the Mercosur Parliament, to be elected in 2010. The Assembly also agreed to recommend that the Green Parties of the Mercosur area should form a working committee in order to analyze joint preparations leading to the participation in the electoral process of the Mercosur Parliament.

7. Development of the joint position of the FGPA, within the framework of the Global Greens, for the World Social Forum of Bethlehem, Brazil in January of 2009.
Upon request of the representatives of the Global Green Coordination (GGC present in the meeting: for África (Adamou Garba), for the Americas (Jorge González, Julia Willebrand and Marco Mroz); for the Asia-Pacific (Margaret Blakers) and for Europe (Catherine Grèze and Johan Hamels), the General Assembly analyzed the importance of a Green Global policy, to be advanced by the Greens attending the World Social Forum in Bethlehem, Brazil, on 27-31 January 2009 and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 28 January – 1 February,2009. The Assembly unanimously agreed to oppose the resurgence of nuclear energy development throughout the world, to condemn the use of food crops in the production of ethanol, to strongly endorse the accelerated development of solar, wind, and other renewable and sustainable energy sources, and to explain the Global Greens vision to the world, in its ecological crucial dimensions, as well as in its positive economic dimensions. It was also agreed that the representatives of the FGPA in the Global Green Coordination will present the approved Federation position to the rest of the Global Green representatives, to promote a coordinated action.

8. Analysis of the Young Greens participation in the FGPA
Roberta Moreno, (Brazil), presented a rough draft of statutes for the formal integration of the Young Greens of the Americas organization. The statutes were produced from the works carried out during the Sao Paolo Green Global Congress, in 2008. The Assembly unanimously agreed to support the efforts of the Young Greens and if necessary, to open statutory spaces in the parties in order to enable the participation of the Young Greens within their own parties. The statutes of the organization of the Young Greens of the Americas should be presented for their revision to the FGPA Assembly during the next annual meeting to be celebrated in 2009. It was also agreed that the member Parties of the FGPA will support the Young Greens of Americas so they can achieve an important participation during the next meeting of the Global Young Greens in Graz, Austria, 30 August – 6 September 2009.

9. Integration of the FGPA Women’s Committee
Fulvia Monti of Venezuela made a presentation on this matter, remembering that during the Venezuela’s Annual Meeting, with the attendance of all the women delegates to the General Assembly of 2007, it was agreed to present a formal proposal in order to create within the FGPA a Women’s Committee. The General Assembly, approved by majority the creation of the Women’s Committee and agreed to incorporate it into the statutes. The organization of this Committee will be coordinated by Fulvia Monti (Venezuela), with the participation of Flor de Maria Hurtado ( Peru), Claudia Moy ( Argentina) and Regina Goncalvez (Brazil).

10. Presentation of the project for the creation of the Secretariat of the Global Greens as decided in the Global Green Congress of Sao Paolo and the FGPA on the matter.
The representative of the Federation of Green Parties of Asia- Pacific, Margaret Blakers ( Australia), along with other members of the Global Green Coordination participating in the General Assembly of the FGPA, displayed a proposal to establish a Global Green Secretariat, and to approve a work plan for the Global Greens, that would serve as the Secretariat’s like mandate, until the next Global Green Congress in 2012 or 2013.

In principle, the design and functions of the proposed Secretariat (GGS) include:
*Improve the cooperation among the Global Greens
*Develop joint opinions and campaigns
*Facilitate Green presence at global events
*Strengthen the relations with the Global Green Network (GGN)
*Strengthen interchanges of knowledge and support among the Global Grees.
*Promote Green values and help implement the Global Green Charter
* A proposal that the secretariat has its site in Australia.
* A proposal that it is governed by the Global Green Coordination (GGC)
* An initial budget of 100,000 Euros per year
GGC requested that the member parties of the Federation :
*Distribute the Work in order to be analyzed by their national parties
* React within one month of receiving the final Plan of the GGC
*The Plan must be authorized by the FGPA, as well as by the other three Green Federations.
* Develop a system to finance the Secretariat’s work (including financing of 1% as requested)

The General Assembly of the FGPA unanimously agreed to approve in principle the Global Green Work Plan, and the Secretariat’s proposal.

The General Assembly of the FGPA asked, the Global Greens Coordination to incorporate into the documents of the Secretariat the following text: “The Global Greens will respect the diversity, the history, the traditions, the customs, the culture and the social conditions of the peoples and nations that form part of the Global Greens”.

11. Analysis on the roll of the Global Green Network in relation to the proposed Secretariat and the position of the FGPA on the matter.

The General Assembly heard a report of the delegate of the GGC John Rensenbrink (United States), about Global Green Network (GGN), explaining how the GGN was formed, and its role in the new Global Green Work Plan and the Secretariat. The Assembly agreed by acclamation to thank John Rensenbrink for the work done.

12. Executive committee, rights and duties
The General Assembly analyzed the issue of elections to the Executive Committee. Five members of the Assembly who participated in the revision of the statutes during a FGPA meeting in Santo Domingo, 2002 - Manuel Baquedano, Marco Antonio Mroz, Jorge González Torres, Julia Willebrand, Tony Affigne) - gave diverse interpretations. After the analysis they agreed unanimously to maintain the existing structure of three co-Presidents, with an executive secretariat.

13. Elections of the Executive Committee
The General Assembly by a majority agreed to elect : Marco Antonio Mroz (Brazil), Jorge González Torres ( Mexico) and Julia Willebrand (USA) as Co- Presidents, until the next Annual Meeting of the FGPA. The General Assembly by majority appointed Patricia Doneau ( Mexico) to occupy the Executive Secretariat of the FGPA, until there is a new agreement in the next Annual Meeting of the FGPA, in order to undertake administrative functions to support the Executive Committee and the General Assembly.

14. Web site FGPA
The General Assembly heard a report from the Executive Secretariat, in relation to the Web site of the FGPA. Patricia Doneau showed the web space of the organization that includes a menu destined to house the official documents of the FGPA and another menu destined to presenting the links and contact information of the members of the Parties of the FGPA. It was informed that a new international domain for the FGPA was acquired: www.verdesamericagreens.org, which is linked to the original site of the FGPA. www.fpva.org.mx.

Patricia Doneau reminded the General Assembly that the Web site of the FGPA contains the information that members have asked to be included, asking all the members for a greater participation in order to maintain the page updated with all the relevant information.

15. Revision of statutes of the FGPA
The General Assembly unanimously agreed to create a Statues Commission to analyze doubts and suggestions in order to have a revision. It was agreed that the proposals should be presented to the members of the Assembly, no later than a month prior to the next Anual Meeting. The Commission was integrated by: Silvaine Zimmermann and Jean Cloutier (Canada), Manuel Diaz Capdevilla (Venezuela), Manuel Baquedano (Chile), Leonardo Alvarez (México), and Mario Fabio (Colombia).

16. Election of the site for the next meeting
The General Assembly listened to the proposal of the delegate Manuel Baquedano, who asked that Chile be considered as the host for the Annual Meeting of the General Assembly in 2009. The General Assembly approved by acclamation the proposal and granted The Green Party of Chile the site of the Annual Meeting of the FGPA 2009.

17. Other Motions (Guest Introductions)
The General Assembly heard a report by Daniel Garcia Colorado, General Secretary of Option Center Green Party (PVOC) (Colombia). He explained the history and political program of the organization; Marco Antonio Mroz, Co-chairman, received documents of the PVOCs for further review. The General Assembly also heard a report by Miluska Aguilar Jeri of the Movement the Green ones in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She explained the history and the political programs and goals of the group. Marco Mroz, Co-chairman, received documents for further review. The General Assembly gave voice to Johan Hamels of Belgium who asked the FGPA to analyze the position of one of the members of the FGPA because of disagreements found in some of the concepts expressed in the Green Global Charter. The Assembly unanimously agreed to analyze this issue asking for more information on the subject

18. Adjournement
Having arrived at the end of the agenda, the Co-Presidents thanked the delegate Tony Affigne for his facilitation of the Annual Meeting of the FGPA. The meeting was adjourned. .