Since its creation RedCLARA has received political support from international institutions and governments. The following links have this information.
"The Fundamental Roll of Science, Technology, Engineering, Innovation and Education in Sciences within the framework of Discussion of the IV Summit of the Americas"
September 5, 2005, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Preparatory process towards IV the Summit of the Americas; dialogues within the framework from the Organization of the American States (OAS). Summoned by the OAS and the General Coordination of the Forums for the Participation of the Civil Society of the IV Summit of the Americas of the Ministry of foreign affairs, International Trade and Culture and the Secretariat of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Argentina.
From the nine recommendations elaborated by Round Table, we emphasize the ones referred to funding science, technology and innovation ( recommendations 3 and 6), and those referred to the collaboration and creation of scientific networks (recommendation 7):
"3. The public funding of science, technology and innovation must be integrated in national and regional policies, and be coordinated at the highest levels of government".
"6. Target that for end of the next decade, private investment in science, technology and inovation in Latin America and the Caribbean must be higher than public investment. The stimulus and the responsibility to elaborate legal frameworks for this, falls in the hands of governments of the region.
"7. To create networks of excellence centers that create a suitable level of critical mass to produce research and innovation at the highest level".
April 26, 2006, Lisbon (Portugal)
It was agreed that CLARA was declared Official Working Group of the eLAC2007 Plan aiming to meet Target 10, which sought to "Develop Research and Education Networks."
April 28 - 29, 2006, Lisbon (Portugal)
Lisbon Declaration, Article 13
“13. We acknowledge the progress made in the interconnection among the Latin American (RedCLARA) and European (GÉANT) networks, which provides a solid basis for scientific bi-regional cooperation, contributing to achieve the objectives adopted at the World Summit on the Information Society of Tunis. In this regard, we want to bring to the attention of the Heads of State and Government the importance of maintaining the political and financial support to initiatives that consolidate the ICT based scientific collaboration space, such as RedCLARA and its interconnection with GÉANT, to guarantee its continued operation and bring an extension to the Caribbean region. We express our support to the strengthening of EU-LAC research & development cooperation, notably in the context of Seventh EU Framework Programme for research, which will cover the period 2007-2013, based on common priorities jointly identified and building on the potential extension of the interconnection between RedCLARA and GÉANT”.
IV EU-LAC Ministerial Forum on the Information Society
April 29, 2006, Lisbon (Portugal)
“Colleague Ministers, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen:
We have come to the end of this day and a half very interesting and fruitful bi-regional dialogue and I must say on a personal note that I have been not only happy with the outcome, but mostly with the relations which have been built up. It was a very outspoken engagement ministers and representatives have shown in order to increase the collaboration in between the two sides and to breach the digital divide and work for better inclusion of all our citizens. We know that this forum is essential for the preparation for the EU-LAC summit of the 12th May, which will be attended by the heads of state and of government. And they will address three key themes of our partnerships: social cohesion, regional integration, multilateralism. And at the last summit in 2004 in Mexico, they have asked us to work on the potential of ICT for the social cohesion and they have given us a mandate. Now, we have taken this mandate very seriously. Once we have been working in Rio de Janeiro, notably the Brazilian Science and Technology Ministry represented at the session by Minister Luiz Cavalhes has been making the work possible.
Today the work has been possible in continuity by the very strong engagement of our Portuguese friends and I would really like to thank them because without their help it would not have been possible to reach such positive conclusions. I think we have all understood that ICT are a very important factor in order to foster regional integration. Common and open ICT standards will provide a contribution to crop out regional and global Integration as shown by the successful examples of the Internet and the mobile communications with the GSM standard.
Now we have managed to get a declaration, although it is not perfect but I think one has to read it from the beginning to the end. Because I fully agree with my colleague ministers, if you look at article 4 of the draft declaration, it is not very satisfactory. I prefer to forget article 4 and read article 13, because in article 13 they have said, and I believe, and you believe and is written down mainly, that the big success story, which is the RedCLARA –GÉANT collaboration has to be highlighted, has to have continuity, has to have an extension. So I would very much like article 13 of the joint declaration to be our conclusion of this meeting.
The European Commission, as you know ladies and gentlemen, has recently adopted two communications, one on its relations with Latin America and one on its relations with the Caribbean; you have read them and you know that is important that we have added to them a very important argument in order to put this declaration into practice because we need ICT in order to further and to deepen our partnership, and in this sense, research is one on the fields where there is a very strong potential, and new opportunities for international cooperation, under the 7th Framework Programme which will start on January 1st, 2007. As you know, in this programme we will reflect on common priorities for the regions and one of these, I am sure, it’s certainly going to be the digital inclusion. We will notably work together on research and development for low-cost technologies and applications to breach the digital divide. One area with a strong potential for such a cooperation is the digital TV, even its role to foster digital inclusion, and I would like to repeat what I said already yesterday, that we are willing to establish a partnership on the development of a new LAC digital TV system in order to accommodate the system to specific needs of the LAC region. And as I said already and I am glad behind this ministers, if you look at article 4 of the draft declaration, it is not very satisfactory. I prefer to forget article 4 and read article 13, because in article 13 they have said, and I believe, and you believe and is written down mainly, that the big success story, which is the RedCLARA –GÉANT collaboration has to be highlighted, has to have continuity, has to have an extension. So I would very much like article 13 of the joint declaration to be our conclusion of this meeting.
And as I said already and I am glad behind this article 13 of the conclusions we have a real success story which is our research and communications network RedCLARA and GEANT and this pioneering endeavour will remove the geographical distance factor, fosters virtual cooperation able to cross-fertilise the results of research. The ALICE projects have already developed it, so the enduring role of infrastructure and moreover the world leading European grid infrastructures have now been extended to Latin America opening new horizons on the sharing of expensive computing facilities, sophisticated scientific instruments, expensive medical equipment, or data repositories of scientific information, and it becomes clear that the interconnection of RedCLARA and GEANT is a major success and that’s why it is important that we ensure its reinforcement and its extension in time and towards regions such as for example the Caribbean who are so eager to participate in this effort. And it will be also important to ensure the continuity of the ongoing dialogues under the @LIS programme, not only regarding policy and regulating dialogues. Ladies and gentlemen, I will not finish this speech without having told you what is very dear to my heart and you know it, and that is our content industry, that is our rules, that is the expression the modern technology is as to work on what we are, what we want, what we strive for, what are our dreams, and most of all and most dutifully, what are the dreams of those who are next to us. And so I believe that we really should concentrate between your area of the world and between my area of the world, about fostering the creativity which is in our citizens, the creative industry, the creation of content, the creation of innovative services, because that is what our people want us to do and that is what we’ll create a world where we’ll be together, understand each other, work together, and show solidarity. So I really do believe that we have come a step further this time in order to explore the potential of ICT to foster social cohesion, competitiveness, cultural diversity, and I would very much like that the successes which each of us experiences will be shared successes by all. If we manage to do that, then this conference was a good invest.”
Vienna, Austria, May 12th, 2006
“51. We recognise the role of Information and Communication Technologies to support social cohesion, regional integration and the competitiveness of our economies. We attach great importance to working together towards their further development in our regions, and towards the promotion of universal, equitable and affordable access to ICTs, notably through comprehensive strategies addressing the new challenges and opportunities of technological convergence.
We welcome the outcome and the declaration adopted at the IV EU-LAC Ministerial Information Society Forum ‘An alliance for social cohesion through digital inclusion’ held in Lisbon in April 2006. We acknowledge the encouraging achievements of the on-going bi-regional activities in this field and consider that it is important to maintain the political and financial support to initiatives that consolidate the ICT-based scientific collaboration space”.
Although it is true that the Vienna Declaration, subscribed by the highest State authorities from the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean, contains no explicit reference to RedCLARA, it does refer to the recommendations issued in relation to it at the IV EU-LAC Ministerial Forum held in Lisbon two weeks ago, in Article 13 of the Lisbon Declaration.
“We highlight with special attention the good results and strategic importance of the @LIS and RedCLARA initiatives for the development of national knowledge networks between the countries in the region and we decidedly support the strengthening and continuity of the @LIS programme and RedCLARA, as well as the extension of the interregional cooperation towards the Caribbean by means of C@ribNET” (Page 2, paragrapgh 5).
May 15 – 17, 2008, Lima (Peru)
Section 25 – 25, sixth point, highlights the intention of Heads of State and Government from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe of expanding the interconnection between RedCLARA, GÉANT (Pan-European Advanced Network) and CKLN (Advanced Academic Network from the Caribbean):
“To promote the use of information and communication technology to facilitate new opportunities of employment, better education and access to health services. Within this context we will develop the communications infrastructure in order to bridge the digital divide under programmes like @lis, and will expand the interconnection between the CLARA, GÉANT and CKLN networks”.
Organized by the Organisation of American States (OAS)
July 29 – 30, 2008, Washington (USA)
Document “Consultation with the Civil Society on the Second Meeting for Ministers and Senior Officials of Science and Technology within the context of CIDI”.
This document mentioned RedCLARA in its sixth recommendation:
“6. To strengthen advanced academic networks as ICT infrastructure that favours regional collaboration (RedCLARA)”.
Suggestion for the ministers and secretaries of state summoned to participate in the 2nd Meeting for Ministers and Senior Officials of Science and Technology, which was held on October 27-28,2008, in Mexico City, Mexico.
Official launch ceremony for the ALICE2 project and the second phase of RedCLARA
May 14, 2010, Madrid (Spain)
“For the Commission, RedCLARA is a particularly good example of this cooperation between Europe and Latin America and, especially for the Information Society Directorate, it is the most concrete and successful case of the implementation of the recommendations from previous Information Society Ministerial Forums by the European Commission to bridge the digital divide and to establish a unifying connectivity”.
Third Ministerial Conference on Information Society of Latin America and the Caribbean
November 21 – 23, 2010, Lima (Peru)
“Goal 23: To provide broadband connection for all educational institutions, increasing the density of computers, as well as the use of converging educational resources. In this context, to promote public policies which suppor t collaborative teaching and research activities through the use of national and regional research and education net works. In par ticular, to promote suppor t for the Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Net works (CLARA) and CARIBnet in the management and procurement of passive infrastructure, thus strengthening the regional science, technology, research and innovation network.”