The Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno, the Secretary of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro, and 33 delegations of the American continent participated.
The meeting was organised as a cooperation instrument between the OAS member states concerning citizen security. Its main goal is to strengthen the dialogue amongst the countries in the region seeking the establishment of effective cooperation, facilitating the transfer of knowledge, allowing technical assistance and exchanging of efficient practices in the security environment.
The Ambassador of the EU in Ecuador, Marianne Van Steen, was invited by the OAS and the Ecuadorian Government to moderate the panel "Strategies for the prevention and fight against transnational crimes that infringe upon public security and proposals for their measuring." The panel focussed on the sharing of experiences for the design and implementation of public policies and improved international cooperation practices concerning the many occurrences and dynamics of transnational crimes.
In the words of the Ambassador of the EU in Ecuador, we are currently coping with a multifaceted transnational organized crime, which is flexible, progresses and adapts quickly with the only aim of economic gains and the disruption of the States functioning. "That is why the transnational organised crime should be approached in an integral and coordinated manner, adapting to every local and regional reality, bearing in mind common strategic elements for the whole hemisphere", mentioned by Marianne Van Steen.
Therefore, the establishment of comprehensive and collective answers between the States on the American hemisphere is needed. The countries' organisations on public security, Ministries of Security and Interior, and security bodies should be coordinated to reach successful and sustainable results in the fight against organised crime.
At the end of the hemispheric forum, the Quito Declaration is expected. The Declaration aims to establish public policy recommendations concerning the management of public security, prevention of crime, violence and insecurity, political management, citizen and community participation and international cooperation.