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I know more of you are going to be with us in Rio--Deidre, Ivo? Marilia? Please sign in and tell us! Best, Ginger
Some "brainstorming" ideas--don't take this too seriously... but lets keep the discussion going, please.
Deidre and all...
The phenomenon of under-representation of LAC in international policy processes, particularly relating to IG has always intrigued me. It seems to me, though, that we have to look at Latin America separately from the Caribbean in this case.
A. I think that Latin America and the Caribbean both are perceived as -- and ARE --less critically in need than Africa, so we get less funding. Since our governments tend not to fund NGO activities, that leaves civil society in a pinch.
B. Latin America has an additional language problem. In spite of the fact that Spanish is arguably the second most prevalent language today, for some strange reason, translations go into French first. And, I don't mean to be divisive, but francophones seem more vocal about their rights to translations and to use French. Spanish speakers, in my experience, tend to sit back and watch, and not to demand translators. Portuguese speakers are at an even greater disadvantage--we should study why Brazil manages to overcome this. And what about the Uruguayan participation? What can we learn from that? Uruguay is a small country with a large presence. Is this all because of LACNIC, or is something else going on there?
C. The Caribbean seems to have a lot in common with small island states, but are geographically separate. Maybe they just don't have a strong enough voice? It makes for a good alliance with Latin America.
What do others think?
Hi Ginger, Raquel:
Would you or anyone else be able to post the results/outcomes (official and unofficial) of the regional IGF 2009 Prep here for discussion and for formulation of a reasonably united position for IGF 2009?
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