Second report: Arrangements for the 18th American Regional Meeting
(a) The dates of the Meeting would be 13 to 16 October 2014;
(b) The official languages of the Meeting would be English and Spanish;
(c) As at previous American Regional Meetings, the Governments of Portugal and Spain would be invited to be represented as observers at the Meeting;
(d) The agenda of the Meeting would be to discuss, on the basis of the Director-General’s Report, the progress made by countries over the last four years with the Decent Work Agenda and the principal challenges faced by the region in maintaining patterns of growth with social inclusion. Particular attention would be given to the role of employment policies and social protection in boosting productivity and formal employment, thus ensuring that labour rights were upheld. It was hoped that the Meeting would form the basis for a platform for action on growth with social inclusion in the Americas.