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CALENDAR OF PAST and UPCOMING EVENTS

March 4, 2010

The Department of International Affairs is organizing a DIALOGUE BETWEEN CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE CANDIDATES FOR SECRETARY GENERAL AND ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE OAS. The objective of this Dialogue is to provide CSOs the opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions with the candidates for OAS Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General in relation to their vision of the Americas, its challenges and their proposed plans, projects and programs for the next five years from 2010 to 2015.
Agenda in Spanish
Agenda in English

February 25

OAS Policy Roundtable #22: “To launch the Inter-American Year of Women:
Women and Power: for a World with Equality

February 25, 2010
3:00 PM- 5:30 PM
Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)

Program (English)
Program(Spanish)
BIOS of the panelists


Please RSVP by clicking on this link or sending an email to SER-DIA@oas.org

February 18

 

The Department of International Affairs will host an Ambassador’s Policy Breakfast with Ambassador Meera Shankar, Ambassador of India to the United States, who will speak on India’s foreign policy objectives and perspectives towards Latin America and the Caribbean. The breakfast will take place on Thursday, February 18, at 8:30 a.m. in the San Martin Room located in the OAS Main Building.

 

Ambassador Shankar’s biographical note

 


January 22

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The Director of the Department of International Affairs, Irene Klinger, presented to the Member Sates the draft strategy for strengthening civil society participation in OAS activities. This presentation was delivered during the meeting of the Committee on Inter-American Summits Management and Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities (CISC) that took place on January 22 in the Simon Bolivar Room, OAS main building. The purpose of this strategy is to increase and strengthen CSO engagement in the work of the OAS in order to enhance dialogue between CSO representatives and Member States’ officials and increase CSO input in policy design.
 

Power Point Presentation
Draft Strategy

Photo gallery
 

 

January 11-12

Insulza: Lobo puede restaurar orden en Honduras

 

Secretary General Insulza, accompanied by Irene Klinger, Director of the Department of International Affairs of the OAS, attended a United Nations High-level retreat with heads of regional organizations in New York on January 11 and 12, 2010.  The purpose of the retreat was to offer an opportunity for an intimate and high-level conversation to discuss avenues for cooperation in response to emerging challenges. Each organization briefly presented its views in one of the following sessions: “Cooperating in Times of Crisis: crisis prevention and mediation”, “Cooperating in Times of Crisis: crisis management” and “New Avenues of Cooperation”.

Presentation by the Secretary General

 


December 2-5, 2009

 

XXVIII MOAS for High Schools
OAS Headquarters, Washington, D.C.  

For more information about the MOAS please click here



December 17

OAS SECRETARY GENERAL INSULZA SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION

On December 17, 2009, the Organization of American States and the European Union signed into agreement a Memorandum of Understanding between the European Commission and the General Secretariat of the OAS. 

This agreement serves to create a framework for the development of dialogue and cooperation in areas of common interest within Latin America and the Caribbean.  Specifically, the overlapping priorities established by both sides include the protection of human rights, the advancement of integral development, the strengthening of democracy and other issues of transnational relevance. 

Remarks by Ambassador Angelos Pangratis, Chargé d'Affaires of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America

Press Release

OAS-EU Sign Memorandum of Understanding (European Union - Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America)
La OEA y le UE firman un memorando de cooperación en Latinoamérica y el Caribe (EFE)
OEA y UE firmaron memorandum de entendimiento para América Latina (La tercera)

 


November 23rd

OAS POLICY ROUNDTABLE #21: “REGIONAL PEACE, DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY: THE ROLE OF REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY”
November 23rd 2009
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)
Program in English
Program in Spanish
Photo Gallery

 

November 19

OAS Policy Roundtable #20: “Promoting Democracy and Inter-regional Cooperation”
November 19, 2009
3:30pm
Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)
Program (English)
Program (Spanish)
Photo Gallery
 
November 11

OAS Policy Roundtable #19: “Challenges and Future of the Inter-American System on Human Rights"
November 11, 2009
Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)
Program (English)
Program (Spanish)
Photo Gallery

 

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EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENT DAYS
Coming Event: October 22nd to 24th, 2009
Plenary Session on Democracy and Development

The European Development Days is a yearly event that showcases the European Union’s continuing and enduring commitment to development. It is hosted annually by the European Commission and the EU Presidency, which is currently held by the Government of Sweden, one of the Permanent Observers to the OAS. The 4th edition of the European Development Days will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from October 22nd to the 24th, 2009.  The event brings about 4,000 people and 1500 organizations from the development community together to share ideas on how to make development aid more effective, particularly in the fight against poverty and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. 

On October 23rd a Plenary Session entitled “Democracy and Development: Interregional Dialogue on Democracy Building” will be held. Dr. Irene Klinger -Director of the Department of International Affairs- will participate and make a presentation on behalf of the OAS Secretary General, Mr. Jose Miguel Insulza.  Invited speakers for this Plenary Session include the Secretary General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), Vidar Helgesen, the Secretary General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa; former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark; Liberia´s first female president and Africa´s first woman head of state, Ellen Johnson’Sirleaf; the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek; and the Chair of the African Union Commision, Jean Ping, among others.  The session will address the topic of how development is more sustainable in countries that are democratically governed.  The promotion of democracy is indicated as one of the objectives of the European Consensus on Development.

 For further details, visit http://eudevdays.eu/about_the_event/introduction_en.htm 

 


October 14, 2009

 

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OAS AND IOM SIGN AGREEMENT TO STRENGTHEN COOPERATION ON MIGRATION ISSUES

On October 14, 2009, the OAS and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed a Cooperation Agreement relative to activities in the area of migration in an effort to achieve the maximum benefits for their Member States. The Agreement focuses mainly on International Migration Law, Labor Migration, Combat Human Trafficking, Human Rights of Migrants, Democracy Strengthening and Education for Migrant Youth and Children.

Talking points by Secretary General Insulza
Photo Gallery
Press release

 


"No debemos bajar la guardia en materia de protección social, pese a recuperación":Secretaria Ejecutiva de la CEPAL:

 October 5, 2009

Thirty Eight Lecture of The Series of the Americas
A
licia Barcena, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission
for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

“In Search of Solutions to the Financial Crisis: Measures Taken and Future Challenges”.

Monday, October 5, 2009
3:00 PM
Organization of American States
Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC  20006

More about this Lecture

 


October 1, 2009

 

The OAS and the African Union sign Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on issues for the Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights
 

The Commission of the African Union (AU) and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 1, 2009 to strengthen the cooperation between both regional organizations.  The document was signed by the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, and the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Mr. Jean Ping.

Click here for full summary in Word.

 

Talking points by the Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza

Press Release
Photo gallery

 


September 24, 2009

The OAS and the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) sign a Cooperation Agreement

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) renewed their Cooperation Agreement and pledged to continue working together, focusing on issues related to political affairs, hemispheric security, integral development, human rights, and migration.

Click here for full summary in Word.

 Talking points by OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza
Press Release
Photo Gallery

 

September 23-26, 2009

United Nations Logo

 

64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly- New York

The sixty-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly opened at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, September 15, 2009. The General Debate was held from September 23 to 26 and September 28 to 30, 2009.  The new President elected for the 64th Session was Dr. Ali Abdessalam Treki of Libya, the country's Secretary for African Union Affairs.  Prior to the General Debate, the largest-ever Climate Change Summit was convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on September 22, gathering a record participation of 163 countries at the senior level, including 101 heads of state and government and laying a solid foundation for the Copenhagen Summit due to be held in December. More information is available on the 2009 Summit on Climate Change webpage.

Meeting on situation in Honduras: Two days before the beginning of the General Debate at the 64th session of the UN General Assembly, ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya returned to Honduras and sought refuge in the Brazilian Embassy. During the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly the OAS Secretary General met with several Foreign Ministers and Heads of State and Government of OAS Member States to discuss the situation in Honduras.  A meeting took place on September 23 in the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations, hosted by the Ambassador of Spain to the United Nations.  At the meeting, it was agreed that due to President Zelaya’s return to Honduras, negotiations would take place in Honduras from that moment forward.   

 OAS Secretary General meets with UN Officials: OAS Secretary General Insulza met with Lynn Pascoe, U.N. Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs and with Edmond Mullet, U.N. Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations on September 25, 2009.   It was agreed that it would be useful to sign an MOU between the OAS and the United Nations defining the areas and type of collaborative work that could be done by both organizations.  There was interest from both parties to structure this MOU in the near future.  With regards to the peacekeeping operations in Haiti, the complementary role of the OAS in providing supportive development assistance to Haiti alongside the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was discussed.   Specifically, the meeting took on the issue of the need for the OAS and MINUSTAH to cooperate locally and to identify a transition period for the OAS to take over all operations and support activities in Haiti once the peacekeeping forces leave.  It was agreed that work must begin in transferring departments over to the OAS.  The possibility of annual consultations with the UN Department of Political Affairs was considered. 

OAS Secretary General Insulza also attended a “Group of Friends of Haiti” meeting called by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to discuss the situation in Haiti and ways to help move forward the economic development of the country. Click here for full summary in Word.

 Agenda of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly

General Debate of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly

 

September 22, 2009
 

 

 

 

Thirty Seventh Lecture of The Series of the Americas
Her Excellency, Jennifer Mary Shipley, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
(1997-1999) and Project co-chair, Club de Madrid's Shared Societies Project: Democratic Leadership for Dialogue, Diversity and Social Cohesion

"Peace, Security and Participation: The Case for Shared Societies"

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 3:00pm
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006
More about this Lecture

 

 

 


September 11, 2009

OAS Policy Roundtable #18: Learning to live together: Fostering integration, tolerance and diversity in the Americas"
September 11, 2009

3:00pm
Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)
Program English
Program Spanish
Photo Gallery
Talking Points Mr. Jorge Sampaio, UN HIGH REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS

 


September 1, 2009

OAS Policy Roundtable #17: “Corporate Social Responsibility in a Time of Crisis”
 
September 1, 2009
10:30 AM
Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)
Program
Remarks by the Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Albert Ramdin.
Photo Gallery

 


June 22, 2009

 

Thirty Sixth Lecture of The Series of the Americas
Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere,
Leading French investigating magistrate in charge of Counter-terrorism Affairs and Vice-president of the Paris Court of Serious Claims

"The Fight against Terrorism and the Promotion of Democratic Values"


Wednesday, June 22, 2009 - 3:00pm
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006
More about this Lecture

June 1-3, 2009

 

 The Thirty-Ninth Regular Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States will be held from June 1 to 3, 2009, in the city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The theme of this year’s General Assembly is: “Toward a Culture of Nonviolence.” Please visit the 39 OAS General Assembly website for more information on the Assembly, as well as OAS General Assembly Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure’s webpage for the most recently updated documents available. For information on the Dialogue on Cooperation between the Heads of Delegation, the OAS Secretary General and the Heads of Delegation of the Permanent Observer Countries please visit http://www.der.oas.org/Contributions/dialogo_ga_june_09.html



May 14, 2009

 

Thirty Fifth Lecture of The Series of the Americas
Luigi Einaudi, Ambassador, Former Acting Secretary General of the OAS

"Relations between the United States and the Americas post V Summit of the
Americas"


Thursday, May 14, 2009
Universidad de San Martin de Porres
Lima, Peru
More about this Lecture
May 1st, 2009

 

OAS Policy Roundtable #16: Post summit briefing: "A New Beginning in Inter-American Relations?”
May 1st, 2009
10:00 - 12:00 pm
Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)
Program TBA

April 27-30, 2009


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XXVII MOAS for Universities
San Pedro Sula, Honduras

In preparation for the XXXIX OAS General Assembly


April 15-16, 2009

Fifth Summit of the Americas Civil Society Forum   

April 15- 16, 2009
Trinidad & Tobago  
For more information please visit the Civil Society Website

In addition, in preparation for the V Summit of the Americas, to be held in Trinidad & Tobago from April 17-19, 2008, the Department of International Affairs (DIA) has been hosting, in conjunction with the Summits of the Americas Secretariat, a series of events tailored to the theme of this year's Summit: "Securing Our Citizens' Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability."


April 9, 2009

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The OAS Secretary General Insulza met with more than 39 representatives from 35 Permanent Observer countries.  This meeting took place at OAS Headquarters Guerrero Room at 10:30AM and offered a unique opportunity for Permanent Observer representatives to exchange views with the Secretary General on the developments in the region, on the upcoming V Summit of the Americas which will take place in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago from April 17 -19, 2009, and on the 39th Regular Session of the OAS General Assembly.
Agenda
Contributions 2008

Photo gallery

April 7-11, 2009

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XXXVIII WMOAS for Universities
Washington, D.C.   April 7-11, 2009

For more information about the Washington MOAS please click here

Photo Gallery


March 27, 2009

    

 

3rd MOAS of the Permanent Council for OAS Interns (3rd MOAS/PC) - GSB Padilha Vidal

Order of business

 


March 24, 2009

  
        Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
 

OAS Policy Roundtable #15: Latin American economic Outlook 2009
Presentation of the Latin American Economic Outlook Report 2009
March 24, 2009
3:30 - 5:20pm
Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)
Program (English)
Presentation
Programa (Español)
Press Advisory (English)
Aviso de Prensa (Español)
Photo Gallery
Video Transmission
 


   March 23-24, 2009

 

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A Consultation on the EU’s Role in Democracy Building in Latin America and the Caribbean

DIA, in conjunction with IDEA held consultations on the EU’s role in democracy building in Latin America and the Caribbean. This was part of International IDEA’s project entitled “Democracy in Development – global consultations on this issue. Through cross- and multi-sector analyses, and consultations with partners in Asia, the Arab World, Africa, and Latin America, this project aims at deepening the understanding of how EU policies and actions impact democracy building worldwide. The project will result in a set of policy options for strengthening the democracy building dimension of EU policies and actions, which will be made public before mid-year, in light of the assumption of the EU Presidency by the Government of Sweden. These consultations, therefore, are an opportunity for EU partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to influence EU policy making from within.
Program
Photo Gallery
Press Release

OAS Secretary General says Quality of Government in the Americas Still Short of Expectations (Caribbean News Net)

 


March 20, 2009


 
Breakfast presentation of the report “Building the Hemispheric Growth Agenda: A New Framework for Policy.” This report was prepared by The Americas Society/Council of the Americas, and was presented by Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of Council of the Americas, Washington D.C. Office. For more information about this report please visit www.as-coa.org

Photo Gallery


March 18, 2009


 
Thirty Fourth Lecture - OAS Lecture Series of the Americas

Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
For more information about this lecture, as well as the Lecture Series please click here.


February 26, 2009

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OAS Policy Roundtable # 14: Presentation of Latinobarometro Report 2008
February 26, 2009
3:30 - 4:30pm
Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)
Program (English)
Program (Spanish)
Press Advisory (English)
Aviso de Prensa (Español)

Presentation


February 19, 2009 

 

OAS Policy Roundtable #13: fifth anniversary of the declaration on security in the americas: current perspectives and new challenges
February 19, 2009
3:00 - 6:00pm
Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)
Invitation (English)
Invitación (Español)
Program (English)
Programa (Español)



February 17, 2009 

 

OAS Policy Roundtable #12 in preparation for the fifth summit of the americas: Promoting ENVIRONMENTAL sUSTAINABILITY IN THE AMERICAS
February 17, 2009
3:00 - 5:00pm
Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)

Program English

Program Spanish

 


February 6-7, 2009


              
 

 

Civil Society South American Sub-Regional Forum

In preparation for the V Summit of the Americas, to be held in Trinidad & Tobago from April 17-19, 2008, the Department of International Affairs (DIA) is hosting a Civil Society Subregional Forum in Lima, Peru on February 6-7, 2009. This forum will provide an opportunity for civil society to examine the Draft Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain presented by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to  debate its themes and formulate recommendations and submit inputs for the consideration of the OAS member States as they negotiate the Draft Declaration.
More about this Forum


February 4, 2009

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XXXIII Lecture of The Series of the Americas
"The Challenges of Globalization and the New Role of Universities in the Hemisphere"
Rafael Rangel Sostmann, Rector, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Michael M. Crow, President, Arizona State University
Raúl Bao García, President, Universidad San Martín de Porres
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
More about this Lecture
More about the Lecture Series

January 26, 2009

 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 26, 2009, Hall of the Americas
Organization of American States
Program

In commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD), the Department of International Affairs under the direction of Ms. Irene Klinger organized a special program with the screening of the documentary film: Glass House.

The Secretary General, Jose Miguel Insulza welcomed Ms. Marisol Argueta, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of El Salvador, who spoke about the importance of condemning genocide and the significance of a Salvadorian diplomat in saving the lives of many Austrian Jews during the Holocoust.  A representative of the Latin American Jewish Congress, and the producers of the film, Brad Marlowe and Leonor Avila Marlowe expressed their views on the need to condemn all manifestations of religious, political or ethnic intolerance, as well as the challenges of producing the film.

 

In addition, on January 27, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum held a special program prepared for Ambassadors from OAS Member States and Permanent Observers to the OAS.

Arthur S. Berger Senior Advisor, External Affairs for the Museum organized an exclusive VIP guided tour for Ambassadors/Permanent Representatives, plus one guest at 9:30 am, before the Museum opens to the public. Upon conclusion of the tour, shortly before 11 am, Ambassadors were invited to participate in the Museum’s annual commemoration ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance, which included a moment of silence, the lighting of a candle and testimony from Holocaust survivor Margit Meissner speaking about her experiences during the war and how survivors view remembrance.

 

The IHRD was adopted by the United Nations’ General Assembly in 2005 as a special day of reflection and commemoration for all of its Member States. The U.N. resolution rejects denial of the Holocaust, and condemns discrimination and violence based on religion or ethnicity.



December 12, 2008

 

XXXII Lecture of The Series of the Americas
"The Financial Crisis and its Impact on the Americas"
Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank

Monday, December 12, 2009 - 3:00pm
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006

More about the Lecture Series


December 8, 2008

XXXI Lecture of the OAS Lecture Series of the Americas
In preparation for the Fifth Summit of the Americas
"A Conversation on the Inter-American Agenda"
Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group

Monday, December 8, 2008 - 3:00pm
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006

More about the Lecture Series

 


December 3-6, 2008

The 27th Model OAS General Assembly for High Schools
Organization of American States
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW.
Washington, DC 20006


    November 5, 2008

            

 


 

 

OAS Policy Roundtable #11 in preparation for The Fifth Summit of the Americas: YOUTH, DECENT WORK AND HUMAN PROSPERITY IN THE AMERICAS Co-sponsored by The International Labor Organization (ILO)

2:30 - 5:00pm
Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)
Invitation (English)
Invitación (Español)

Photo Gallery

Opening Remarks by Honorable Rennie Dumas, Minister of Labor and Small and Micro Enterprise Development, Trinidad and Tobago
Remarks by OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza

 


October 28, 2008

 

 

XXX Lecture of the OAS Lecture Series of the Americas
"Facing Energy Security in the Americas through Agroenergy Sources"
In preparation for the Fifth Summit of the Americas
Roberto Rodrigues, Former Minister of Agriculture of Brazil and Co-President of
the Inter-American Ethanol Commission

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 3:00pm
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006

More about the Lecture Series

More about Mr. Rodrigues (English/Español)

 


    September 24, 2008

    

      

      

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION MEET WITH OAS DELEGATION

Mr. Stefano Sannino, Director for Latin America of the European Commission met on September 24, 2008 with OAS Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Albert Ramdin and Ambassador Suzanne Laporte, Secretary for External Relations of the OAS, to strengthen cooperation between the European Union and the Organization of Americas States, and to identify areas for increased collaboration. Mr. Sannino was accompanied with Luc Veron, Minister Counselor and Head of Political and Development, Delegation of the European Commission in US and Despina Manos Advisor Political & Development Delegation of the European Commission to the US. The delegation also took the opportunity to meet with the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, the Secretary for Multidimensional Security and the Secretariat for Political Affairs to discuss OAS work in those areas.

During the meeting, it was suggested that the two entities develop a framework agreement in areas agreed to by both parties in order to achieve more harmonious and effective collaboration. In addition, the representatives discussed the opportunity for development of a program of exchange of technical expertise between the EU and OAS on their approaches to confronting regional challenges as a potential mechanism for increased cooperation to strengthen the work of both organizations.

Photo Gallery

 


September 17, 2008


 

TENTH OAS POLICY ROUNDTABLE: "OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS"

On September 17, the Department of International Affairs hosted the Tenth OAS Policy Roundtable: "Opportunities and Challenges in the Western Hemisphere: Perspectives from the United States Congress" featuring US Senators Mel Martinez (R-FL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ). The Roundtable took place from 9:30am-11:00am at the OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Invitation
Press Advisory (English)
Aviso de Prensa (Español)
Press Release (English)

Comunicado de Prensa (Español)
Remarks by Senator Robert Menendez
Summary of Event
Photo Gallery
Video


September 16, 2008



LAUNCH OF THE SECOND EDITION OF THE BOOK OF THE LECTURE SERIES OF THE AMERICAS

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 5:00pm
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006

On September 16, the Secretariat for External Relations, Department of International Affairs, launched the Second Edition of the book Cátedra de las Américas: Consolidando la democracia, featuring the speeches of the 28 high-level individuals that spoke at the Organization since the launch of the Lecture Series in September 2004. The book launch featured presentations by Secretary General Insulza, Irene Klinger, Director of the Department of International Affairs, and David Cunza, Representative of the Universidad de San Martin de Porres in Lima, Peru, co-sponsor of the Lecture Series.

Speech by Secretary General Insulza (Español)
Photo Gallery


September 16, 2008



SIXTY-THIRD SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The sixty-third session of the United Nations General Assembly will open on September 16, 2008 and the general debate will take place from September 23, 2008 to October 1, 2008.

Schedule of events as follows: 
September 16th:  Formal Opening Session
September 21st:  Arrival of Heads of State and Delegations
September 22nd:  Special High-Level Meeting on African Development Issues
September 23rd: Opening of General Debate, lasting until October 1st
September 25th: Special High-Level Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals
October 2nd: Meeting on Almaty Program of Action for Least-Developed UN Members

Provisional list of speakers (.pdf)
For more information on the UN General Assembly


July 29, 2008



CORPORACIÓN ANDINA DE FOMENTO (CAF) TWELFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) will hold its twelfth annual conference on trade and investment in the Americas will take place from September 10 and 11, 2008 in Washington, DC at the Carnegie Endowment for Democracy. OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza will be present at the conference delivering welcoming remarks and addressing the upcoming 2009 Summit of the Americas.

Preliminary Agenda
More about CAF


July 29, 2008



XXIX Lecture Series of the Americas
Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme
Tuesday, July 29, 2008- 3:00pm
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006

For more information on the Lecture Series

Announcement (English)
Anuncio (Español)
More about Ms. Sheeran (English)
More about Ms. Sheeran (Spanish)
Press Advisory (English)
Aviso de Prensa (Español)
Press Release (English)
Photo Gallery
Speech (English)
Speech (Español)
Video Transmission


July 14-18, 2008

The XXVI MOAS for Universities
Pontificia Universidad Cat
ólica de Chile
Santiago, Chile 
The 26th MOAS for Universities will take place under the auspices of the Department of External Relations of the Organization of American States and the Pontificia Universidad Cat
ólica de Chile.

 


June 13, 2008

 

NINTH OAS POLICY ROUNDTABLE AND REPORT LAUNCH: "MAKING THE LAW WORK FOR EVERYONE"

On June 13, the Department of International Affairs will host the Ninth OAS Policy Roundtable and Report Launch: "Making the Law Work for Everyone" by the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor. The Roundtable will take place from 10:00am-11:30am at the OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Program
UN Report: "Making the Law Work for Everyone" (English)
Informe de las NU: "La ley: Clave para el Desarrollo sin Exclusiones" (Español)
Press Advisory (English)
Aviso de Prensa (Español)
Press Release (English)
Comunicado de Prensa (Español)
Photo Gallery


June 9, 2008

 

RESULTS REPORT OF THE XXXVIII OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

On June 9, the Department of International Affairs of the Secretariat for External Relations hosted a Results Report of the XXXVIII OAS General Assembly for the Foreign Ministers of the Americas. The Results Report featured the OAS Secretary General, Assistant Secretary General and Ambassador Camilo Ospina, the Permanent Representative of Colombia to the OAS. The Results Report took place from 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Hall of the Americas at OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Program
Press Release
Photo Gallery


June 1-4, 2008

 

XXXVIII OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

The Thirty-Eighth regular session will bring together the hemisphere’s foreign ministers in Medellín, Colombia from June 1 to 4. The government of Colombia signed an agreement that officially confirms it will host the next General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS). Secretary General Insulza thanked the Colombian government for offering to host the OAS meetings.

Homepage of the 38th OAS General Assembly


June 1, 2008

Dialogue between the Heads of Delegation, the OAS Secretary General and the Heads of Delegation of the Permanent Observer Countries:

The Dialogue between the Heads of Delegation, the OAS Secretary General and the Heads of Delegation of the Permanent Observer Countries at the XXXVIII Regular Session of the OAS General Assembly will take place on Sunday June 1, 2008 from 8:00-9:00am. For more information on the Dialogue, please visit the Dialogue page of the Department of International Affairs.

Draft Annotated Order of Business (English)
Draft Orden del Día Anotado (Español)

Comunicado de Prensa (Español)
 


May 31-June 1, 2008

 

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Meetings between the General Secretariat of the OAS, Heads of Delegation, the Secretary General and the Representatives of the Organizations of Civil Society:

As part of the XXXVIII Regular Session of the OAS General Assembly in Medellín, Colombia, the OAS Secretary General will take part in two meetings with Representatives of Civil Society organizations in the Hemisphere. The first meeting, on May 31, is an informal dialogue between the General Secretariat and Representatives of Civil Society organizations on the Challenges and Issues facing the Hemispheric Agenda, the Proceedings of the General Assembly and the Plan of Organization of the Dialogue with Ministers of Foreign Affairs. The second meeting, on June 1, will be a formal dialogue featuring the Secretary General and Heads of Delegation of the Member States of the OAS regarding the overall theme of this year's Assembly, "Youth and Democratic Values."

Annotated Order of Business (Informal Meeting) (English)
Orden del Día Anotado (Reunión Informal) (Español)
Annotated Order of Business (Formal Meeting) (English)
Orden del Día Anotado (Reunión formal) (Español)

Press Release (English)
Comunicado de Prensa (Español)
 


May 21-23, 2008

The National Model of the OAS General Assembly (MOAS)
Medellín, Colombia


          May 16-17, 2008

 

                       

EU/LAC Lima Summit

The Fifth EU/LAC Lima Summit took place on May 16th and 17th, 2008, in the Museo de la Nacion in Lima, Peru.  Sixty Heads of State and Government from the European Union (EU), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) met to discuss timely issues of mutual interest hoping to deepen cooperation between their countries to tackle these issues. José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission, was the top representative of the European Commission at the summit.  The topics of the Fifth EU/LAC Summit were: i) poverty, inequality, inclusion; and ii) sustainable development: climate change; environment; and energy. The Fifth EU/LAC Summit concluded with the signing of the Declaration of Lima: “Addressing Our Peoples’ Priorities Together.” In matters of poverty, inequality and inclusion, the signatories agreed to: I) Formulate and implement effective social policies; II) Promote economic growth with more equitable distributive impact; III) Promote social participation and sense of belonging; and IV) Implement the Lima Agenda on eradication of poverty, inequality and exclusion. In matters of sustainable development, the signatories agreed to: I) Promote bi-regional cooperation on climate change; II) Promote bi-regional energy cooperation; III) Foster environmental sustainability; IV) Implement the Lima Agenda for sustainable development: climate change; environment; and energy.  Overall, the participants agreed to increase mutual cooperation and resources to tackle these issues.

For more information, visit the EU/LAC Summit site


April 17, 2008

 

XXVIII Lecture Series of the Americas
James Anaya, Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy
Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 3:00pm
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006

For more information on the Lecture Series


April 10, 2008

 

On April 10, OAS Secretary General, Jose Miguel Insulza will participate as a briefer at the hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere about: "Crisis in the Andes: The Border Dispute Between Colombia and Ecuador, and Implications for the Region."

Committee on Western Hemisphere Affairs Hearing Information

 


April 9, 2008

 

OAS Policy Roundtable # 7: Surveying the americas: indicators and perceptions
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
3:00 - 4:30pm
Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)
Announcement
2007 Latinobarómetro Report (Spanish Only)
Presentation
Press release (Spanish)
Photo gallery


April 8-12, 2008

The XXVII WMOAS for Universities
OAS Headquarters
Washington, D.C.
The 27th WMOAS for Universities is taking place under the auspices of the Department of External Relations of the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Institute for Diplomacy.
Press Release


   April 3-8, 2008

 


  

49th Annual Meeting of the IADB Board of Governors

The 49th Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) Board of Governors was held from April 3rd through 8th, 2008, in Miami, Florida. Governors of the IADB, who are finance ministers, central bank presidents and high ranking financial officials of the 47 member countries, were joined by approximate 6,000 other participants, including OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza.  In his opening remarks the President of the IADB, Luis Moreno highlighted the power of partnerships to improve people’s lives. President Moreno also announced a $2.million grant from the Multilateral Investment Fund of the IADB to further the Partnership in Opportunities for Employment through technology in the Americas, which is a program headed by Microsoft and the Organization of American States. The issues addressed during the individual sessions of the annual meeting were: infrastructure finance, philanthropic capitalism, youth leadership, climate change, renewable energy sources, microfinance, and U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America. Distinguished speakers from all spheres addressed the issues. Among the most notable speakers were Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Emilio Azcárraga, Chairman Televisa Group, Roberto Kriete, Chairman and CEO, TACA Group, and Anna Escobedo Cabral, United States Treasurer. The 2009 IADB Annual Meeting will be hosted in Medellin, Colombia; this meeting will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the IADB.

For more information, visit the IDB Annual meeting site


April 1, 2008

 

XXVII Lecture Series of the Americas
Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico and Former Presidential Candidate
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 3:00pm
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006

For more information on the Lecture Series


March 25, 2008

XXVI Lecture Series of the America
Eduardo Stein, Former Vice-President of Guatemala (2004-2008)
"Political Strategy for Governance: The Importance of the Regional Context"
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 3:00pm
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006

For more information on the Lecture Series


February 28th, 2008



Hemispheric Forum:  “THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE DECENTRALIZATION PROCESS AND THE CHALLENGES TO DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE”

Thursday, February 28th, 2008
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Rubén Dario Room (8th Floor)(OAS GSB)
1889 F Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20006
Program


January 31, 2008


OAS POLICY ROUNDTABLE #6 AND BOOK LAUNCH: saving the americas: the dangerous decline of latin america and what the u.s. must do - by andres oppenheimer
January 31, 2008
2:45 pm-4:15 pm
Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)
Invitation


January 29, 2008

 

 

"Los Nuevos Desafios de la Seguridad Pública"
Dr. Fruhling Ehrlich
Brought forth by the OAS Department of External Relations and the Department of Public Security
Salon Ruben Dario, 10:00am
1889 F Street N.W., 8th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20006


December 12-14, 2007

The 25th Model OAS General Assembly for Universities
Universidad del Salvador
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The 25th MOAS for Universities is taking place under the auspices of the Department of External Relations of the Organization of American States and the following Argentinean organizations: Conciencia, Universo Agora, and Fundación Universitaria del Río de la Plata (FURP)


December 17, 2007

 

XXV Lecture Series of the Americas
Joseph Stiglitz, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Economics, Columbia University Professor
Monday December 17, 2007
Auditorium of the National Library of Lima
Avenida de la poesia 160 San Borja, Lima, Peru

For more information on the Lecture Series


December 12-14, 2007

The 25th Model OAS General Assembly for Universities
Universidad del Salvador
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The 25th MOAS for Universities is taking place under the auspices of the Department of External Relations of the Organization of American States and the following Argentinean organizations: Conciencia, Universo Agora, and Fundación Universitaria del Río de la Plata (FURP)


December 4, 2007


 

XXIV Lecture Series of the Americas
Ms. Matilde Ribeiro, Brazil's Special Secretary for the Promotion of Racial Equality Policies
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - 3:00pm
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006

For more information on the Lecture Series


November 28-December 1, 2007


 

The 26th Model OAS General Assembly for High Schools
Organization of American States
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20006


October 23, 2007


 

XXIII Lecture Series of the Americas: "Financial Markets, Social Justice and Democracy: Where is the Path toward Equitable and Sustainable Growth"
Mr. Kemal Derviş, UNDP Administrator (United Nations Development Programme)
Tuesday, October 23 - 3:00 PM
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006
More about Mr. Derviş
For more information on the Lecture Series


October 3-6, 2007

 

 

 

THE AMERICAS' PROJECT

The Americas' Project is a collaborative venture uniting the resources and expertise of Rice's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and the Organization of American States.

This undertaking brings together some of the Hemisphere's brightest and most promising rising young leaders and is designed to create a leadership forum where emerging economic, political, and cultural pacesetters throughout the Western Hemisphere can engage in dialogue on important issues of hemispheric concern.

This year the Americas' Project is celebrating its tenth anniversary by bringing together all fellows from the past ten years. The reunion will take place October 3-6 at the Baker Institute at Rice University and is entitled "Building Opportunities & Managing Challenges in the Americas." It promises to be a noteworthy event with leading thinkers from the region, case studies and opportunities for reestablishing friendships and networking with new fellows.

Agenda
Address by Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin at the 2007 America's Project Reunion

 


September 25, 2007


 

XXII Lecture Series of the Americas: "Judicial System Reform in China"
Mr. Wan Exiang, Vice President of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China
Thursday, September 25 - 11:00 AM
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006
More about Mr. Exiang
Press Release
For more information on the Lecture Series


July 19, 2007

 

XXI Lecture Series of the Americas: "Next Challenges of Latin America"
Mr. Ricardo Lagos Escobar, Former President of Chile
Thursday, July 19 - 3:00 PM
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006
More about Mr. Lagos Escobar
Speech (Spanish)
Speech (English)
Photo gallery
Press Release
For more information on the Lecture Series

 


June 13-14, 2007

II Meeting of Government Spokespersons of the OAS Member States. June 14 and 15, 2007 -Montevideo, Uruguay.
This seminar is a joint effort of the Organization of American States (Department of External Relations, Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression and the Department for the Promotion of Governance) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay and has as its main objective to bring together the Government Spokespersons of the thirty four OAS Member States in order to engage in a fruitful discussion and exchange information on experiences and perspectives regarding the challenges communicators face in the Americas, as well as to address the key issues on the inter-American agenda. For more information...

June 3-5, 2007

XXXVII OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

The thirty-seventh regular session will bring together the hemisphere’s foreign ministers in Panama City from June 3 to 5, under the theme of “Energy for Development.” The government of Panama signed an agreement that officially confirms it will host the next General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS). Secretary General Insulza thanked the Panamanian government for offering to host the OAS meetings.
For more information...
Photo Gallery
Press Releases

 


May 24, 2007


 


XX Lecture Series of the Americas: "Spain and the Americas: A Story for the Future"
Trinidad Jiménez, Spain's Secretary of State for Ibero-America
Thursday, May 24 - 3:00 PM
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006
More about
Jiménez
Speech (Spanish Only)
Photo gallery
For more information on the Lecture Series

 


May 8, 2007

OAS Policy Roundtable # 4: Building a Consensus on Trade Policy in an Era of Globalization
May 8, 2007
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Hall of the Americas, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)
Program
Press release
Photo gallery


April 16, 2007

OAS Policy Roundtable # 3: Democracy and the Army in the 21st Century:  Lessons from the Chilean Experience
Monday, April 16, 2007
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Simón Bolívar Room, OAS Main Building (17th Street and Constitution Ave.)
Program
Discurso preliminar del Dr. Juan Emilio Cheyre, Director Centro de Estudios Internacionales, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Video transmission
Press release


  

April 9-13, 2007

 

WASHINGTON MODEL OF THE THIRTY SIXTH OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR UNIVERSITIES 36th WMOAS
The WMOAS is taking place in Washington, D.C.
sponsored by the Department of External Relations of the OAS and the Inter-American Institute for Diplomacy
(ENGLISH ONLY)


March 6, 2007

OAS Policy Roundtable: International Law: The U.S. Perspective 
Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm in the Ruben Dario Room, 8th floor, Organization of American States (1889 ‘F’ Street, NW, Washington, D.C. )
Program


 
 

February 16, 2007

 

XIX Lecture Series of the Americas: The Reconciliation Processes in the Americas: El Salvador. Hall of the Americas
Friday, February 16, 2007 - 3:00 PM
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006
Presentation by Dr. Fidel Chávez Mena (Spanish only)
For more information on the Lecture Series...

Photo gallery

 


January 30, 2007

 

OAS Policy Roundtable: SURVEYING THE AMERICAS: INDICATORS AND PERCEPTIONS (Latinobarometro)
January 30, 3:00pm. OAS Simon Bolivar Room
Program
Power Point Presentation
Press release
Photo gallery

 


 

January 23, 2007

 

 

XVIII Lecture of The Series of the Americas
featuring: SOLEDAD ALVEAR, Chilean Senator Speaking on “The Participation of Women in Politics in the Americas”

Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 3:00 PM
Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW. ,Washington, DC  20006
For more information on the Lecture Series...

Photo gallery


Nov 29-Dec 2, 2006

25th MOAS for HIGH SCHOOLS - Washington, D.C.


October 22-26, 2006

Model OAS General Assembly- Barranquilla, Colombia
The Department of External Relations of the OAS and the Universidad del Norte (UNINORTE) of Barranquilla, Colombia, are sponsoring the 24th Model OAS General Assembly (MOAS) for university students of the Americas, from October 22 to 28, 2006. The MOAS is a simulation of the General Assembly of the OAS where, through role-playing, students represent each of the 34 Member States of the OAS and defend each country’s policies and interests. This MOAS will be conducted in Spanish only. An English language Model, the WMOAS, will be held in Washington, D.C., from April 9 to 13, 2007. For more information please contact Nelly Robinson at nrobinson@oas.org or visit the MOAS web page on
www.moas.oas.org


Sunday, June 4, 2006

*Dialogue between the Heads of Delegation, the OAS Secretary General and the Heads of Delegation of the Permanent Observer Countries

In preparation for the XXXVI Regular Session of OAS General Assembly, the Department of External Relations organized a Dialogue between the delegations of the Permanent Observer countries and the delegations of the OAS Member States. This Dialogue took place on June 4, at 10:15 am at the Auditorium, Diplomatic Academy
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Santo Domingo. The following speeches were delivered: Click here for more information...

*Lunch with Representatives of Regional Institutions- XXXVI OAS General Assembly

On June 4, Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza convened the first meeting of multilateral political and development institutions supporting the inter-American agenda of the OAS. Held immediately preceding the 36th General Assembly of the OAS, the informal luncheon dialogue focused on the challenge of translating the benefits from recent economic growth, especially in the commodity exporting countries of the region, into concrete policies and actions to reduce poverty and inequality. This is important to respond to demands by citizens who are increasingly participating in democratic processes. Representatives of ten institutions attended this meeting organized by the OAS Department of External Relations to promote greater cooperation and thereby better serve national needs in the OAS Member States. For more information on DER regional institutions activities...


May 18-21, 2006

“Freedom of Expression in the 21st Century in the Americas”
This year’s Americas Project Colloquium will take place at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. The Americas Project, now in its 10th year, is a collaborative venture uniting the resources and expertise of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and the OAS. This undertaking is designed to create an annual leadership forum where approximately 15 of the hemisphere’s brightest and most promising young leaders can engage in dialogue on important topics of hemispheric consequences during a four-day period. As part of their program, they attend the panel of experts. The panel will convene on the afternoon of Friday, May 19, 2006 at the OAS Headquarters.