With the installation of the Social Partners Forum, which brings together some 8000 participants from 33 countries, the Sixth Summit of the Americas will formally begin this Saturday in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. In the summit a process involving various bodies such as the hemisphere’s governments, NGOs, multilateral funding agencies, agencies of the inter-actors, is strongly pursued.
Sensitive issues such as violence and drug trafficking will be the stars of the sixth summit.
To ensure the safety of the participants, including Heads of State and Government and their delegations, representatives of the international community, stakeholders, the leadership of businessmen and journalists, the organization of the Summit VI has deployed a security strategy comprises about 15 000 members of the security forces, including 7,680 policemen, 400 vehicles with GPS, 300 video cameras, 36 radioactive detectors, 6 explosion-proof robots, intelligent devices 20 patrols in 85 special hotels where special guests will be staying .
The security scheme deployed by the Colombian government with the support of 32 police and intelligence agencies from 27 countries, also includes unmanned helicopters, 36 radiation detectors with 62 custom-trained patrols, 20 patrols equipped with intelligent video cameras to control what happens at 360 degrees in all directions.
Police in Colombia has also provided specialized intervention of 14 units and 500 members of the anti-riot police to address any situation.
For any emergencies that arise, they have prepared 600 health professionals, the 24-hour service in the Naval Hospital in Cartagena de Indias, two air ambulances and a helicopter from the Colombian Air Force (FAC) to evacuate patients if any eventuality occurs.
The main moments of this Summit will be broadcast to the world through 1,420 journalists, prestigious national and international media, and news agencies, most of them international. (ARL)