The Summit of the Americas will end on Friday in Los Angeles.
The conference meets once every three or four years and is expected to address issues such as immigration, climate and the COVID-19 pandemic. The objective of the summit: “Build a sustainable, resilient and equitable future” in the Americas. Most events take place at or near the Palais des Congrès.
Here is an overview of the Summit at a glance:
– President Joe Biden met with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who was a supporter of former President Donald Trump and was initially hesitant to acknowledge Biden’s election. Although he sometimes appears defensive, Bolsonaro said the two nations “have a lot in common”, including a love of freedom, democracy and shared values. He said the nation has “a huge interest in getting closer and closer to the United States”
– Speaking at the CEO of the Americas Summit bringing together business leaders, Biden said governments participating in the summit would commit to achieving “sustainable and equitable growth” across the region. He said those decisions will include improving supply chains, developing a “shared framework for our digital future”, promoting action on climate change, accelerating the transition to a clean energy, tackling food insecurity and managing “safe and orderly migration”.
-Governor. Gavin Newsom met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles to forge a partnership to advance climate action. Newsom and Trudeau held a bilateral meeting at the California Science Center, where they signed a memorandum of cooperation to fight climate change, protect the environment, build climate resilience, advance zero-emission vehicles, and reduce pollution and plastic waste. The partnership includes a commitment to engage with indigenous peoples in biodiversity conservation.
– Biden also met with Trudeau, reviewing cooperation efforts between nations on issues including economic development, the COVID-19 pandemic, immigration and food insecurity. The meeting was particularly cordial, with Biden telling Trudeau: “We have no better friend in the world than Canada. And this is not hyperbole. It’s real. And you’re also a good personal friend.
– Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris huddled with leaders of Caribbean nations. The meeting focused on deepening the U.S.-Caribbean partnership and Harris announced a partnership to address the climate crisis. “Through this partnership, we will support energy infrastructure and climate resilience projects at every stage of development, from start to finish,” Harris said.
– Biden and other leaders are expected to sign the “Los Angeles Declaration on Migration,” which the administration official described as a pact to pursue a “comprehensive” approach to addressing the crisis.
– Biden will announce more than $300 million in regional assistance to address food insecurity, as well as health initiatives to prepare for future pandemics and a partnership with the Caribbean community to address climate issues.
–9:15 a.m. Second Plenary of Leaders
–10 a.m. Leaders’ roundtables 1 and 2 with representatives from civil society, the private sector and youth
–10:30 a.m. USC’s Center on Public Democracy will host former Secretary of State John Kerry, the U.S. Presidential Special Envoy for Climate, for a discussion on “The Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Diplomacy and climate efforts in the context of the Summit of the Americas.
–10:45 am: Biden will deliver a speech at Battleship Iowa in San Pedro
–11:30 a.m. Leaders’ roundtables 3 and 4 with representatives from civil society, the private sector and youth
–1:30 p.m. Heads of delegation of the IX Summit of the Americas Family photo
–1:45 p.m. Leaders’ retreat and working lunch hosted by the President of the United States
–1:45 p.m. Luncheon of Ministers hosted by the United States Secretary of State
–3:30 p.m. Third Plenary of Leaders
–3:30 p.m. Leaders’ roundtables 5 and 6 with representatives of civil society, the private sector and youth
–5:00 p.m. Leaders’ roundtables 7 and 8 with representatives of civil society, the private sector and youth
–After hours: Biden is expected to appear at two Democratic fundraisers.
Several alternative events and protests were held alongside the summit, some of which ended on Friday:
–The three-day People’s Summit for Democracy, organized as a counter-event to the concurrent Summit of the Americas, will continue at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Organizers say the summit will include art, music, speakers, debates, workshops. panel discussions and performances that “raise the voice of the people and imagine a new world, a world that puts people’s democracy at the fore”. Among those who will speak at the event are Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, political activist/philosopher Cornel West, Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar López Rivera, Honduran indigenous leader Bertha Zúniga and Indian historian Vijay Prashad. A full program of events is at https://peoplessummit2022.org/program.
–5:00 p.m. A march will take place from the Los Angeles Trade Technical College to the “Biden’s Summit of Exclusion,” organized by the People’s Summit.
Until Saturday, commuters should avoid:
–Areas between the Santa Monica (10) and Hollywood (101) Freeways west of the Harbor Freeway (110), where possible.
–Connection ramps between Highway 10 East and West and Highway 110 North;
–Exits north of the 110 freeway toward downtown, including Pico Boulevard, Ninth Street, Sixth Street, Fourth Street, and Third Street;
–The south exits of Highway 110 for Sixth Street and Wilshire Boulevard;
–Figueroa Street, north and south, between Washington Boulevard and Third Street;
–Boulevard Pico, east and west, between Union Avenue and Grand Avenue;
–Seventh Street, east and west, between Bixel Street and Flower Street; and
–Wilshire Boulevard, east and west, between Bixel Street and Flower Street.
People can use the following motorway exits to access the city center between Monday and Saturday:
– Exit 16A Santa Fe, 15B Alameda Street, 15A Central Ave, 14B San Pedro Street and 14A Convention Center if traveling west on Highway 10;
– Exit Convention Center/Grand Avenue/Olive Street, 14A Maple Avenue, 14B San Pedro Street, 15A Central Avenue, 15B Alameda Street, 16A Santa Fe Avenue if traveling east on Highway 10; and
–Exit 20B 37th Street and Exposition Boulevard, 20C Adams Boulevard, or merge onto Highways 10 or 101 eastbound or westbound if traveling northbound on Highway 110.
Updates on road closures will be provided on Twitter via Caltrans at @CaltransDist7 and @CaltransHQ.
For help/more information
–Cyclists, DASH users, subway commuters, and those getting ready to fly can find more information below. Twitter is expected to be full of both useful and dramatic details. Here are some online sites to get started:
–Unified LA (City of Los Angeles): Twitter account @unifiedla and website http://unifiedla.lacity.org. Caltrans District 7 (lane/ramp closures): Twitter accounts @CaltransDist7 and @CaltransHQ.
–Los Angeles Department of Transportation (DASH routes): @ladotofficial and @ladottransit Twitter accounts and website at http://ladottransit.com/whatsnew.
–Metro (buses and trains): Twitter account @metrolaalerts.
–Los Angeles International Airport (airport): Twitter accounts @FlyLAXStats (travel times to and through the central terminal area) and @FlyLAXAirport.
–During the event, people using Metro’s bike-share program may see service disruptions due to the temporary removal of three bike-share stations beginning Thursday, June 2. The stations will be back on June 13.
The Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this report