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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.

Secretary-General Insulza emphasized the historic character of the agreement in his remarks, stating that this was the “first such agreement that has been signed” between the two organizations since inter-regional cooperation took root two years ago.  

The MOU establishes a higher level of cooperation between the two organizations specifically on issues relating to the promotion of democracy and strengthening of democratic institutions and processes, conflict resolution, protection of human and peoples’ rights and social and economic development, as well as any other areas of common interest that may be defined in the future by the parties. Click here for more info.


 

September 24, 2009

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

The OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, and the Ibero-American Secretary General, Enrique Iglesias, signed a Cooperation Agreement to strengthen relations between the two organizations and jointly develop regional initiatives in areas of common interest. This Agreement was signed during the framework of the Sixty-fourth Session of the United Nations General Assembly, that took place in New York on September 22-26, 2009. Click here for more info.

 


 
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September 22, 2009

THE OAS AND THE CLUB DE MADRID SIGN A COOPERATION AGREEMENT ON DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION AND CONSOLIDATION

On September 22, at the OAS headquarters in Washington D.C., the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and member of the Club de Madrid, Jennifer Mary Shipley; and the OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin, signed an agreement (Spanish version) to collaborate in the areas of support, technical cooperation, implementation of joint projects, and dissemination of knowledge, in the area of democratic transition and consolidation. Click here for more info.
 


 

August 28, 2009

The Academic Council of the Lecture Series of the Americas was established Friday and held its first-ever meeting with the attendance of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and its first seven members.

The Academic Council is chaired by Dr. Raúl Bao, rector of the Universidad San Martín de Porres (Peru). The first members of the Council are the rectors of Arizona State University (United States), Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico), International Organization of Higher Education (Organización de Universidades Interamericanas OUI-IOHE), Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) “José Simeón Cañas” (El Salvador), Universidad Diego Portales (Chile), and University of the West Indies in Mona (Jamaica).

Members of the Council will be invited by the OAS General Secretariat to become participants at their own cost with a rotating bi-annual membership. The Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) will also participate as member of this Council but with a permanent member status.

The Academic Council, with an advisory role to the OAS General Secretariat, will work throughout the year, meeting annually with several goals, such as extending the reach of the Lecture Series and the topics in the Inter-American agenda within the academic community, promoting greater participation of universities in the hemispheric dialogue, facilitating the relationship between the OAS and the academic community in the region, and identifying and securing prestigious high-level speakers for the conferences.

The first meeting of the Council was inaugurated by Secretary General Insulza, who insisted on the value of these debates focused on important topics of the Inter-American agenda and provided by very high-profile speakers.

Secretary General Insulza highlighted that the aim of the Academic Council should be to “widen the reach of the debates taking place at the Lecture Series of the Americas and make it useful as academic material and as a contribution to the design of public policies.” Click here for more info.
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 30, 2009

THE OAS TRAINS FUTURE LEADERS OF THE HEMISPHERE
Courtesy of Caribbean Net News, August 1, 2009

WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) is holding its 4th Model of the Permanent Council for OAS Interns (4th MOAS/PC) at OAS Headquarters. The MOAS Program is designed to promote democratic values among the youth of the Hemisphere through simulation exercises of the OAS main political bodies, in which students represent the Organization’s Member States and negotiate resolutions to promote democracy, human rights, hemispheric security and development in the Americas.

The purpose of this 4th MOAS/PC is to familiarize the 77 interns from throughout the Hemisphere that are doing their Summer internship at the Organization, with the work of the Permanent Council of the OAS, so that they can acquire an integral view of the mission, functions and work of the organization. This is an official activity of the OAS Internship Program.

The keynote speaker at the opening ceremony this morning, was the Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the OAS, Ambassador Anthony Johnson, who provided an overview on the development of democracy in the Hemisphere from the imperial period of the 18th and 19th centuries, to the founding of the Pan American Union in 1889, and how after WWII the OAS was established.

He also summarized the chronology of the Caribbean countries joining the OAS in the 1960’s, as well as the suspension of Cuba during that decade, as well as the derogation of its suspension 2 months ago and suspension of Honduras less than 1 month ago.

Irene Klinger, Director of the Department of International Affairs, which together with the Department of Human Resources of the OAS organizes this event, gave an overview of the OAS and its role as the main political body of the Hemisphere, highlighting the main events and actions taken by the OAS regarding Honduras. She reiterated that the Member States applied articles 20th and 21st of the Inter-American Democratic Chart in their decision for suspending Honduras.

The newly appointed Ambassador of Panama to the OAS, Guillermo Cochez, was a special guest and he briefly addressed the interns to wish them luck in their deliberations pointing out that the work of negotiation and compromise that they would practice throughout the day will serve them well for their professional and personal life.

By the end of the 4th MOAS/PC, this afternoon the interns will have approved 2 resolutions on the following topics: “Strengthening border control among OAS Member States to combat illicit drug trafficking in the Americas,” and “Combating arms trafficking in the Americas.” The interns received technical assistance from OAS experts on these topics, and also from diplomats regarding the policies of the countries they are representing at the MOAS. The Secretary for External Relations of the OAS, Ambassador Adam Blackwell, and the Director of the Department of Human Resources, Rosa Maria Barreiro, were due to be the speakers at the closing ceremony on Friday afternoon.
 


 
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HONDURAS:

The XXXVII Special Session of the OAS General Assembly, which had started on June 30, was resumed on July 4th, and the OAS Member States adopted AG/RES. 2 (XXXVII – E/09), "Resolution on the Suspension of the Right of Honduras to Participate in the OAS", at the second plenary session, held at OAS Headquarters, Padilha Vidal room.

The worsening of the crisis in Honduras had led the Permanent Council to convene in the XXXVII Special Session at the OAS headquarters on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 4:00pm. The result was the adoption of Resolution AG/RES. 1 (XXXVII – E/09) “Resolution on the Political Crisis in Honduras"

The Permanent Council met when this crisis was development on June 28, which resulted in the adoption of Resolution CP/RES. 953 (1700/09) "Current Situation in Honduras".
 


 
 

DIALOGUE ON COOPERATION BETWEEN THE HEADS OF DELEGATION, THE OAS SECRETARY GENERAL AND THE HEADS OF DELEGATION OF THE PERMANENT OBSERVER COUNTRIES-
June 1st, 2009

San Pedro Sula -  Honduras

On June 1, representatives from 35 Permanent Observer countries met for a luncheon at the Hotel Intercontinental in San Pedro Sula, Honduras with the Heads of Delegation of the 34 Member States of the OAS and the Assistant Secretary General to dialogue on the cooperation between the Permanent Observers and the Organization, as well as to discuss points of interest relating to this topic of this year’s General Assembly, “Toward a Culture of Nonviolence.” The Dialogue began with introductory remarks by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Honduras, Patricia Licona Cubero, who offered her welcome on behalf of Honduras and invited the Permanent Observer participants to exchange opinions and points of view with the Member States and Assistant Secretary General on themes of the Inter-American Agenda. Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin, then provided a brief overview of the role Observers play in the Organization, noting that the Permanent Observers in 2008 contributed a total of US$25.8 million in cash, and US$354,732 in kind – an increase of 21.4% from 2007 – and provided contributions in all areas of the OAS, ranging from democracy promotion, security, human rights and development. For more info, click here.

 


 
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Dialogues of Civil Society
May 31st
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San Pedro Sula-Honduras

Nearly 200 representatives from more than 100 civil society, private sector and workers’ organizations participated in the XXXIX OAS General Assembly.  The Informal Conversation between the Secretary General of the OAS and the Representatives of Civil Society Organizations and the Dialogue of Heads of Delegation with Representatives of Civil Society, which took place in the headquarters of the General Assembly “Centro Social Hondureño Árabe” on May 31st and June 1st respectively, offered spaces for dialogue, in which the participants exchanged opinions regarding the theme of the General Assembly “Toward a Culture of Non-Violence” and the four priority areas of the OAS, democracy, human rights, multidimensional security and integral development.

These dialogues contributed to strengthening citizen participation in the Inter-American agenda and in the policymaking process, highlighting the importance of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which defines civil society organizations as agents of democracy, and promotes the continued cooperation between civil society and Member States in the economic, social and cultural development of the region.

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April 27th, 2009

The opening ceremony of the 27th Model OAS General Assembly (MOAS) for Universities of the Hemisphere took place this morning in the campus of Universidad de San Pedro Sula (USPS), Honduras. This Model, held from April 27- 30, 2009, is organized jointly by the Department of International Affairs (DIA) of the Secretariat for External Relations of the Organization of American States (OAS), the USPS and the Government of Honduras. This MOAS brings together approximately 400 students and 50 teachers from 15 universities in Honduras, as well as 13 universities from Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. The participating students will represent the 34 OAS Member States and 5 Permanent Observer countries of the OAS. This Model is financed by the OAS, the USPS and the Government of Spain, and seeks to familiarize the youth and general population of Honduras, as well as the youth of the Hemisphere, with the priorities in the inter-American agenda in anticipation to the celebration of the 39th Regular Period of Sessions of the General Assembly of the OAS, to be held in that same city from June 1-3, 2009. The main purpose of the MOAS Program is the promotion of democratic values among the youth of the Hemisphere, through this role-playing exercise, where the students represent each of the 34 OAS Member States. For more information about this Model please visit www.moea.usps.edu. For more information about the MOAS, please visit www.moas.oas.org


 

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April 9, 2009

The OAS Secretary General Insulza met today with more than 39 representatives from the35  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.
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April 8, 2009

The Secretary General provided welcoming remarks during the inauguration of the 30th Anniversary year of the Washington Model General Assembly, a program undertaken jointly with the Inter-American Institute for Diplomacy (IAID). More than 350 university students and teachers from 19 universities in the United States, 10 in Latin America and 1 in the Caribbean are participating in this model, representing the 34 OAS member states.  For more info, click here
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The OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, spoke at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank. The Fiftieth Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Twenty-fourth Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation took place in the city of Medellín, Colombia, from March 27 – 31 2009.
 

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March 27 , 2009

The OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin, signed an agreement to organize the Model OAS General Assembly for students in San Pedro Sula. The XXVII model for universities of the hemisphere will take place in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, from April 27 to the 30th. For more info about this model, please click here.

 


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On March, 27th, the III Model of the Permanent Council for the OAS Interns was held at the OAS Headquarters in Washington, DC. This model aimed at sensitizing students with respect to the upcoming Summit of the Americas, to be held in Trinidad and Tobago from April 17-19, 2009. The III model addressed some of the issues of the V Summit: energy security and environmental sustainability.
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  March 24, 2009

The DIA held the Fifteenth OAS Policy Roundtable on March 24th. The Director of the Director of the OECD Development Centre, Javier Santiso, presented the Latin American Economic Outlook Report 2009 of the OECD.


                            

 

March 23-24, 2009

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

 


                        

 

 

 

 

 

March 20, 2009

On March 20, the Council of the Americas presented the report: "Building the Hemispheric Growth Agenda: A New Framework for Policy" to the Ambassadors of the OAS Member States in a working breakfast, hosted by the Secretary General.

During his introduction, the Secretary General of the OAS highlighted the need for the leaders of the hemisphere to use the upcoming V Summit of the Americas and the XXXIX OAS General Assembly as opportunities to reshape the inter-American agenda for regional growth and integration. He called on the Ambassadors of the OAS to work with the private sector leaders, such as those of the Council of the Americas, to generate real solutions to the present economic challenges that are slowing, or even reversing advancements in other areas such as energy security, climate change, poverty alleviation and access to public services.

Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Council of the Americas/Americas Society, echoed many of the remarks of the Secretary General in his presentation of the report. The economic crisis, he observed, is prompting an urgent need for leaders to re-evaluate hemispheric trade policy and broader US relations with the Americas. The report highlights how trade expansion is a critical component to revitalizing the economy of the hemisphere, and that this expansion must occur in the context of goodwill and mutual interest. This includes the creation of a subgroup of willing nations to lead the hemispheric energy security and climate change initiatives, increased engagement with the Asia-Pacific region through participation in the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership, and more open cooperation with the larger economies of the hemisphere, such as Brazil.

Farnsworth concluded by saying that the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) proved too ambitious for its time, however, it should remain a long-term goal of the United States. In the meantime, the US needs to work to harmonize the rules of origin within existing US trade agreements in order to help accelerate trade expansion. Similarly, while bilateral trade negotiations are likely to be unsuccessful given the pervasive economic and political conditions throughout the world, this is certainly not the time for the US and other hemispheric leaders to stop working toward this solution.

The full text of the Council of the Americas report is available on their website. It includes a series of recommendations on issues related to US-Latin America relations and trade policy.

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March 18, 2009

On March 18, the Right Honorable Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, addressed the Permanent Representatives of the Member States of the OAS and the public-at-large in the Hall of the Americas at OAS Headquarters regarding "The Universality of Human Rights and the Work of the Council of Europe." He spoke briefly on the structure of the Council of Europe and noted the importance of the Council's work in assistance programs and communications campaigns. He stated of these campaigns and programs: "[It] is of the most importance to our work, as I have invested much effort and time in establishing the Council of Europe as a defender and promoter of the values of Europe; the effectiveness of our work depends on the public perception of our activities."

Regarding the universality of human rights, Secretary Davis alluded to the Singapore Argument, which criticizes developed countries for attacking the authoritarianism of underdeveloped nations for many argue that authoritarianism facilitates effective development. He noted that those who ignore human rights in defense of this argument should realize that for every case similar to Singapore, there are ten in contradiction. Davis emphasized the importance of multiculturalism as a tool for human rights. Indeed, he commented, human rights cannot be ignored in the name of cultural differences - every human deserves human rights regardless of their ethnicity, sexual preference, color or creed.

Davis concluded that the intercultural dialogue must continue, as it is the "social glue" that society needs and it is the antidote for intolerance and violence. The Council of Europe, for their part, is working to develop a focus in which human rights and intercultural tolerance are not perceived as mutually exclusive. This dialogue and re-focus is what he believes will allow human rights to be a universally accepted concept with citizens actively seeking to preserve and protect one another from its abuse.

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February 20, 2009

On February 20, 2009, OAS Secretary General received a courtesy visit from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovnia, Sven Alkalaj. The two leaders met to discuss the role of the OAS in the Americas and expanding Bosnia's stance in global affairs through increased cooperation with the OAS Member States.

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February 11, 2009

Ambassador Aziz Mekouar, Permanent Observer of Morocco to the Organization of American States (OAS) and Dr. Klinger, Secretary for External Relations, a.i., met on February 11, 2009 at the Moroccan Embassy to discuss the possibilities for enhancing collaboration between the OAS and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco. 

Dr. Klinger opened the meeting by sharing the priorities, work areas, and pillars of the OAS.  Within the Organization’s four pillars – strengthening democracy, integral development, multidimensional security, and the protection of human rights – Dr. Klinger detailed a number of the noteworthy OAS programs being implemented throughout the Americas.

Ambassador Mekouar underscored the importance of bilateral relations between the Government of Morocco and various countries throughout the Americas, particularly those that maintain diplomatic relations with Morocco.  The Ambassador also highlighted the interest of the Moroccan Government in the work carried out by the OAS in the areas of economic growth, the promotion democracy, and sustainable development and expressed the intent to explore avenues for increased support these crucial endeavors.

 


                     

    
February 4, 2009

On February 4, 2009, the President of the Universidad San Martín de Porres of Lima, Perú, Raúl Bao García and OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza met at OAS Headquarters to renew the cooperation agreement for the Lecture Series of the Americas. The renewed agreement will help facilitate the continuation of the OAS Lecture Series of the Americas, an initiative organized by the Department of International Affairs since 2004.

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January 28, 2009

On January 28, 2009, representatives from the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), hosted by the Department of International Affairs, met with donor country representatives to discuss the Commission’s 2009-2010 Biennial Work Plan, and highlight the important contributions made in advancing the rights of women in the hemisphere.

The Biennial Work Plan, presented by the President of CIM, Laura Albornoz Pollman, Minister of the National Service for Women in Chile, features advancements in much of the work already done by CIM in the past several years, in addition to new programs on women and voting rights, access to the judiciary and violence prevention. According to Minister Albornoz, the CIM intends to build discussion of the role of women’s rights throughout the various political organs and technical areas of the OAS. Minister Albornoz underscored the need to view women’s rights as a cross-cutting issue, and how the Biennial Work Plan aims to take advantage of this understanding by increasing the visibility and awareness of the Commission’s work through the creation of a space for dialogue between the Member States in the context of the General Assembly and the Summits of the Americas.

Representatives from donor Permanent Observer countries as well as Mexico, Chile, the United States and
Canada were also on hand to strengthen to the dialogue on CIM’s commitments in the coming years. The Ambassadors and representatives from Spain, the European Commission, Canada, the USA and Mexico took the opportunity to discuss their countries’ programs with regard to advancing women’s rights in the hemisphere, and ask questions regarding CIM’s programmatic outline for the two years. Of those countries who offered commentary, all reiterated their assurances of support to the work of the Commission in the biennial.        

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November 19, 2008

On November 19, 2008 at OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Miguel Angel Moratinos, joined OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza, to sign the 2009 Operative Plan for the Spanish Fund of the OAS. For the 2009 fiscal year, the Spanish Government has generously reaffirmed its cooperation with the General Secretariat with a contribution to the Spanish Fund of US$13.5 million, an increase of over US$3 million from the previous year.

The Spanish Fund of the OAS, established in 2006, was designed to strengthen collaboration between Spain and the OAS in the areas of democracy, security, human prosperity and integral development, as well as to support reinforcement of the institutional and human resources of the OAS General Secretariat. Contributions to the Spanish Fund are made annually to the General Secretariat, and are distributed to the various technical areas on the programmatic basis.

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November 17, 2008

On November 17, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza met with Ambassador Alexandros Mallias,
Permanent Observer of Greece to the OAS. Secretary General Insulza and Ambassador Mallias discussed
Greek cooperation in the Americas and with the OAS. The Greek ambassador expressed his intention to strengthen Greek cooperation with the Organization and in the Americas. He was particularly interested in learning of the OAS perspective on challenges in the region, and concluded the meeting by offering his congratulations to the OAS Secretary General on the achievements of his OAS administration in strengthening democracy, human rights, security and promoting integral development in the Americas. Recently, Greece announced its intentions to finance programs of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).

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November 14, 2008

From November 10 to 14 2008, Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Albert Ramdin, and the Director of International Affairs, Dr. Irene Klinger, traveled to Europe to meet with governmental officials in an effort to establish priorities for strengthening collaboration with the OAS.

In London, the OAS delegation met with Parliament Member, Gillian Merron, Permanent Under-Secretary of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in addition to 15 ambassadors from Latin American and the Caribbean at a gathering hosted by the Colombian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Noemi Sanín.

Similarly, Assistant Secretary General Ramdin delivered the keynote speech at the conference “Making Trade Work for Development in Latin America,” that took place at the Chatham House, an internationally renowned think tank. High level officials and experts attended the event in which Ramdin talked about new approaches to trade policy in the Americas.

In Netherlands, OAS officials also attended the three-day “Global Forum on Leadership for Shared Societies: Building a world safe for difference,” hosted by the Club de Madrid in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The delegation also met with Ambassador Joke Brandt, Deputy Director of International Cooperation for the Ministry of Development Cooperation, to discuss opportunities for collaboration in the areas of fragile states, economic distribution and growth, environmental sustainability, and women’s rights.

The meeting was viewed as largely successful in advancing support from the Foreign Ministry of the Netherlands to OAS activities in the areas of democracy and human rights.

      
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November 11, 2008

On November 11, 2008, OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin called on Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma, Deputy Secretary General Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba and a group of senior officials to review relations between both organizations.

The Commonwealth and the OAS promote development, democracy, and political stability. Both organizations are very concerned with the state of food, fuel, and finance in today’s global economy, especially in the wake of recent and current events that are driving markets down and levels of human anxiety up. A major objective of both organizations is to mitigate the effects of environmental degradation, and they are striving to ensure that global trade relationships are equitable and sustainable.

They agreed that the Commonwealth and the OAS are organizations whose interests and activities are converging, and that it is in both organizations’ interests to define new ways in which they could cooperate, especially on issues and in regions where their interests and mandates intersect.

      
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November 3, 2008

On November 3, 2008, OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, met with Italian Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Observer to the OAS, Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta. Ambassador Castellaneta and Secretary General Insulza discussed Italy's ongoing collaboration with the Organization, including the country's continued commitment to the OAS Action Against Antipersonnel Mines Program (AICMA) through the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security. The meeting between the two representatives took place just days following an announcement made by the Government of Italy to contribute over €200,000 to various OAS programs in the region.

      
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October 23, 2008

On October 23, 2008, the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, received a visit from Regina Veronica Maria Jones-Bos, the current Permanent Observer of the Netherlands to the OAS and Ambassador of the Netherlands to the United States. Secretary General Insulza took the opportunity to congratulate Ambassador Jones-Bos on her recent appointment of Permanent Observer and welcomed her to the Organization. The two spoke about various topics on the inter-American agenda, including an exchange on cooperation between the Netherlands and the OAS. The Secretary General spoke to the historically strong degree of cooperation between the Netherlands and the OAS, noting that the Netherlands was the first country to contribute to the OAS Misión de Apoyo al Proceso de Paz en Colombia (MAPP/OEA) program. Secretary General Insulza added the support of the Netherlands to OAS programs is highly valued, but also addressed the challenges the Organization is facing in terms of implementation of its mandates, and appealed to the Ambassador for stronger collaboration.

      
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October 23, 2008


On October 23, 2008, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza welcomed to OAS Headquarters, Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States and current Permanent Observer to the OAS. Secretary General Insulza offered his congratulations to the Ambassador for his recent appointment to the Embassy of Russia in the United States and as Permanent Observer to the Organization. Ambassador Kislyak and the Secretary General discussed the various commercial relationships Russia shares with countries in the region, and spoke of ways to strengthen the capacity of Latin America to compete in the global market. Secretary General Insulza discussed the work of the Organization and Russia’s collaboration with the OAS as Permanent Observer. He emphasized the desire for Russia to become more involved in the work of the Organization and underscored the necessity for increased cooperation between the country and the OAS.

        
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October 22, 2008

On October 22, the Department of International Affairs hosted a luncheon for institutional partners in the Americas. The working lunch featured lively discussions on major institutional developments, priorities in the Hemispheric agenda, host country relations and on areas of collaboration between the partnering institutions and the OAS. Partners in attendance included representatives from the following institutions: the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Bank Group, the UN Development Programme, the UN Information Center DC, and the UN World Food Programme. The program also featured a guided tour of the current exhibit at the Art Museum of the Americas featuring a celebration of the 100th Birthday of Architect Oscar Niemeyer.

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October 21, 2008

On October 14, His Royal Highness Prince Mired bin Ra'ad bin Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan visited OAS headquarters in his capacity as President of the Eighth Meeting of the States Parties (8MSP) to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Antipersonnel Landmines and on their Destruction. During a breakfast meeting with the OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin, Member States and Permanent Observers, the Prince offered his congratulations for its ongoing work in the area of demining and stressed the importance of continued cooperation on this effort by both Member States and Permanent Observers. Secretary General Insulza took the opportunity to highlight the achievements of the OAS Program against Antipersonnel Landmines and concluded by extending his gratitude to the donor countries, including Permanent Observers: Denmark, the European Union, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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October 14, 2008

On October 14, 2008 Benin has been granted the status of Permanent Observer to the Organization of  American States, pursuant to General Assembly resolution AG/RES. 50 (I-O/71) and resolution CP/RES.945 (1666/08) of the Permanent Council.

       


 

 

October 14, 2008

On October 14, 2008 Iceland has been granted the status of Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States, pursuant to General Assembly resolution AG/RES. 50 (I-O/71) and resolution CP/RES.944 (1666/08) of the Permanent Council.

      


 

 

  October 10, 2008

 On October 10, the OAS Permanent Council held a Protocolary Meeting to commemorate "The Discovery of the Americas: Encounter of Two Worlds." Supported by the Government of Spain, the event was held to honor the 1492 discovery of the Americas by Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus, and featured insights by members of the Permanent Council and others on the evolution of the Americas since its discovery by the Spanish in the fifteenth century.

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   October 9, 2008

On October 9, Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin, received a courtesy visit from the Permanent Observer from the United Kingdom to the OAS, Ambassador Dominick Chilcott. The two sat to discuss the United Kingdom's role as Permanent Observer with the Organization and worked to discover additional areas of mutual collaboration.

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September 25, 2008

During the framework of the sixty-third session of the United Nations General Assembly, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza took the opportunity to meet with numerous heads of state, representatives and foreign ministers from the Americas and Europe.

Included in those meetings were talks with Fernando Lugo, President of Paraguay, President Evo Morales of Bolivia; as well as the Foreign Ministers of Belize, Guatemala, Ecuador, Brazil. Also, Secretary General Insulza attended meetings of the Grupo de Amigos de Colombia and the Key Players of Haiti. Additionally, Secretary General Insulza sat down with the Secretary General of the European Council, Terry Davis, and the Commissioner for External Relations for the European Commission, Benita Ferrero-Waldner. Topics of discussion between Insulza and the various global leaders ranged across topics impacting the hemisphere from democratic governance to trade to public security.

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September 17, 2008

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 will took 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


 

   

 

August 14, 2008

On August 14, the Department of International Affairs received from the Government of Italy a Verbal Note indicating a generous contribution of €37,000 (approximately US$55,021.07) to finance the project "Civil Registry Information Reconstruction and Registration of Populations Affected by the Internal Armed Conflict - Huancavelica, Peru."


August 4, 2008

On August 4, Assistant Secretary General welcomed the new Permanent Observer of Spain to the OAS, H.E. Ambassador Javier Sancho. Spain has held the status of Permanent Observer to the OAS since January 1972.

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July 29, 2008

OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin, met with the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, in the framework of the XXIX Lecture of the OAS Lecture Series of the Americas.

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July 29, 2008

XXIX Lecture Series of the Americas: "Confronting the Challenge of the Global Food Crisis in 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

The Secretariat for External Relations, Department of International Affairs is pleased to announce the Twenty-Ninth Lecture of the OAS Lecture Series of the Americas featuring Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, who will speak on "Confronting the Challenge of the Global Food Crisis in the Americas" on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

As the current global food crisis is one of the most urgent problems facing the region, Ms. Sheeran's views and ideas on how to confront this challenge will undoubtedly contribute to enriching the hemispheric debate on this important issue.

Announcement (English)
Announcement (Spanish)

More about Ms. Sheeran (English)
More about Ms. Sheeran (Spanish)
Press Advisory (English)
Aviso de Prensa (Español)
Press Release (English)
Speech (English)
Speech (Spanish)
Video Transmission
Photo Gallery
For more information on the Lecture Series


July 18, 2008

On July 18, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza met with United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Edmond Mulet, to discuss areas of mutual cooperation.

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July 14, 2008

On July 14, the XXVI Model OAS General Assembly for Universities began in Santiago, Chile. The MOAS will take place from the 14th to the 17th of July at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile with cooperation from the OAS and Corporación PARTICIPA. The XXVI MOAS was inaugurated by Secretary General José Miguel Insulza and the Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alejandro Foxley. For more information on the MOAS in Santiago (Spanish only) and other MOAS in the Hemisphere, visit the Secretariat for External Relations' MOAS webpage.

Press Release
Insulza inauguró XXVI° Modelo de la Asamblea General de la OEA para universidades (cortesía de Publimetro Chile) (Español)
Speech of Irene Klinger, Director of the Department of International Affairs, at the closing ceremony of the XXVI MOAS in Santiago (Spanish only)


July 9, 2008

On July 9, the Government of Italy announced a contribution to OAS Demining Programs in the Americas. Specifically, the 100,000 Euro donation will finance the ongoing demining and reconstruction efforts of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security in the Peru-Ecuador, Colombia and Nicaragua regions of Latin America.

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July 3, 2008

The People's Republic of China recently pledged a generous contribution of US$100,000 to fund projects on "Education for Children in Rural, Indigenous and Border Regions," to be implemented by the Department of Education and Culture, and the forthcoming publication entitled, "Sustainable Development in the Caribbean; Contemporary Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities" to be issued by the Department of Sustainable Development and Environment.

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June 26, 2008

At the request of the Permanent Mission of Peru (CP/doc.4322/08), a Special Permanent Council Meeting was held on June 26, 2008, at 10:30 a.m., in the Simón Bolívar Room at OAS Headquarters. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the recently approved "Rule of Return of Illegal Immigrants" by the European Parliament. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Peru, Colombia as well as the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay addressed the Permanent Council on this complex issue. The Permanent Representatives of the OAS Member States also expressed their views on the impact of this directive, followed by remarks from the Permanent Representatives of the European Union and Slovenia. 

Ambassador John Bruton, Permanent Observer of the European Union to the OAS, addressed his concern over the apprehension of the citizens of the Americas regarding the new directive. He noted that the regulation does not criminalize migration, but rather seeks to help the EU better regulate both illegal and legal migration. He concluded by underscoring the necessity for comprehensive immigration reform in order to develop more appropriate safeguards against the exploitation of illegal immigrants.

 Remarks by Ambassador John Bruton, Permanent Observer of the European Union to the OAS

Press Releases:
OAS Permanent Council to Discuss Immigration Law Passed by European Union
Insulza Rejects European Measures against Immigrants
La OEA decide enviar una misión de alto nivel a la Unión Europea para discutir implicancias de la nueva normativa migratoria (Español)

Resolutions:
OAS Action on the European Union's Returns Directive on Migration Issues (English)
Acción de la OEA sobre la Directiva de Retorno de la Unión Europea en materia migratoria (Español)  

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June 13, 2008

On June 13, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza met with former United States Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright and United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Albright and Justice Kennedy spent time at the OAS that day in their roles as members of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, an independent commission hosted by the United Nations Development Programme. The Commission launched it's latest report: "Making the Law Work for Everyone" in the framework of the Ninth OAS Policy Roundtable on June 13 at OAS Headquarters.

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June 13, 2008

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)
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June 12, 2008

On June 12, representatives from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany convened at OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to sign an agreement marking German support to the Program for the Strengthening of Electoral Management Bodies' Institutional Capacity. The program operates through the OAS' Department for Cooperation and Electoral Observation.

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June 9, 2008

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

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May 21, 2008

On May 21, 2008, the Model OAS General Assembly (MOAS) for Colombian Universities began in Medellín, Colombia proceeding the upcoming 38th OAS General Assembly, being held in the same city from June 1-3. The Colombian Model was organized by the EAFIT University of Medellín, with support from Universidad del Norte of Barranquilla, the Organization of American States and the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Colombia. For more information on the MOAS for Colombian Universities, visit here.

Video Clip (courtesy of Teleantioquia) (Spanish only)
News about the MOAS Colombia from: Portafolio; El Mundo; El Colombiano (Spanish only)
Press Release (Spanish only)

 



 


 

May 19, 2008

On Monday, May 19, 2008 the Department of International Affairs of the Secretariat for External Relations  held a Special Ambassadors Briefing breakfast during which the Council on Foreign Relations’ Task Force presented the report: U’S’-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New reality.

Among the attendees of this breakfast were: General J. Thomas Hill (ret.), former member of Congress Jim Kolbe, and Project Director, Shannon O’Neil, presented on behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force. Ambassadors from The Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and the United Status participated in the event.

Program
Remarks by the Assistant Secretary General
Council on Foreign Relations Report: U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality
Council on Foreign Relations News Release

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May 8, 2008

On May 9, 2008 Iceland was been granted the status of Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States, pursuant to General Assembly resolution AG/RES. 50 (I-O/71) and resolution CP/RES. 936 (1650/08) of the Permanent Council.

 

 


May 8, 2008

On May 8, the Government of France announced a contribution to the Organization of American States totaling US$125,384.61 with the goal of supporting the work of the Organization in strengthening democracy and human rights in the Hemisphere. The funds will be used to aid the following programs:

            Support for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on its Activities in Haiti
            Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) - US$60,000

            Course on Empowerment, HIV and violence against Women in the Caribbean - Comisión
            Interamericana de Mujeres (
CIM) - US$23,000

            •Strengthening Freedom of Expression in the Americas - Special Rapporteaur for Freedom of
            Expression,
Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) - US$15,000

            •Working Group in charge of preparing the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
            Peoples - Secretariat for Juridical Affairs - US$12,384

            •Support for the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism - Inter-American Committee
            Against Terrorism (CICTE) - US$10,000

            •Lecture Series of the Americas - Secretariat for External Relations, Department of
            International Affairs - US$5,000

 Press Release

 



April 17, 2008

XXVIII Lecture Series of the Americas: "Indigenous Peoples and their Contribution to the International Human Rights System"
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

More about Mr. Anaya (English)
More about Mr. Anaya (Spanish)

Program (English)

Program (Spanish)

 


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
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Press Release
Testimony
Video Transmission

 


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 4, 2008

On April 4, the Korean government announced a cash contribution to the OAS of US$100,000. The funds will support the following projects: the MOAS in the Caribbean (US$21,000); Project on Strengthening Access to Justice in the Americas 2008 (US$25,000); Project on Empowerment, HIV and Violence against Women in the Caribbean (US$24,000); and support for the activities of Paraguay election observers (US$30,000).

Press Release

 


April 1, 2008

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

Announcement (English)
Press Release - Governor Richardson named as Special Envoy
More about Governor Richardson (English)
More about Governor Richardson (Spanish)
For more information on the Lecture Series

 


  March 26, 2008

On March 26, the OAS General Assembly formalized the establishment of two new Secretariats within the organization: one for Legal Affairs and another for External Relations. The new Secretariat for External Relations will be headed by Suzanne Laporte, with continued direction of the renamed Department of International Affairs (formerly the Department of External Relations) by Irene Klinger.

Press Release
Permanent Council Resolution calling for the Convocation of the Thirty-Fifth Special Session of the General Assembly (CP/RES. 932 (1634/08))
Draft Resolution on the Establishment of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs and the Secretariat for External Relations (AG/doc. 6 (XXXV-E/08))


March 25, 2008

On March 25, OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza forwarded to the Permanent Council for its approval the request of His Excellency Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, to be granted the status of Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States. For its part, Iceland's foreign policy objectives fully support the efforts of the OAS in strengthening cooperation on democratic values, promoting human rights, fostering the environment and sustainable development, as well as advancing fair trade and confronting shared problems such as poverty, terrorism and corruption.
 


March 25, 2008

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

More about Dr. Stein (English)
More about Dr. Stein (Spanish)
Press Advisory
For more information on the Lecture Series


  March 17, 2008

The OAS hosts Ministers of Foreign Affairs for Meeting of Consultations

On March 5, the OAS Permanent Missions and some Permanent Observers met to discuss the situation between Colombia and Ecuador that took place on March 1, 2008. On March 17, the Missions and Observers reconvened to receive the report of the report of the Commission headed by the Secretary General regarding these events.

Press Advisory
Press Release
Permanent Council Resolution RC.25/REST.1/08: Resolution of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (English)
Resolución de la Vigésimo Quinta Reunión de Consulta de Ministros de Relaciones Exteriores (Spanish)

Report of the OAS Commission that Visited Ecuador and Colombia


  March 5, 2008

The Permanent Observers participate in the Special Meeting to treat the Situation between Colombia and Ecuador

On March 5, the Permanent Observers participated along with delegations from the OAS Member States in the Special Meeting convened by the OAS Permanent Council seeking to resolve the situation between Colombia and Ecuador that took place on March 1, 2008. The Permanent Observers engaged in dialogue with the OAS representatives, actively seeking to help the OAS delegations seek a resolution to this matter.

Press Release
Permanent Council Resolution 930 (1632/08): Convocation of the Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Appointment of a Commission
Videos from the Special Meeting

 


  February 29, 2008

On February 29, OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza praised the U.S. Congress for extending preferential tariffs for the Andean countries in the context of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA).

Press Release

 


February 4, 2008
 

Breakfast between the Secretary General and Permanent Observers: "Assessing the Americas"

On February 4, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza met with more than 40 representatives from the Permanent Observer countries in a breakfast organized by the Department of External Relations. The breakfast was an opportunity for the Secretary General to assess the situation in the Americas as well as express gratitude on behalf of the Organization of American States to the Permanent Observer countries for their continued support to OAS programs. The Secretary General spoke at the breakfast with the underlying theme of continued cooperation between the Permanent Observers and the OAS. He gave an overview of the situation in the Americas and addressed issues of economic growth and challenges affecting the region. Additionally, the Secretary General spoke of poverty and inequality, organized crime, drugs and human trafficking, political change, issues regarding regional integration, free markets and constitutional reforms of Bolivia and Ecuador. The breakfast also provided a forum for open dialogue between the Secretary General and the participating representatives on concerns and issues impacting the hemisphere.

Invitation
Fact Sheet on Permanent Observer Contributions

Press Release Spanish- English
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December 12, 2007

The Twenty-Fifth Model of the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly for Universities of the Americas opened on December 12 on the Pilar Campus of the Universidad del Salvador, in Argentina.

Organized by the OAS Department of External Relations in coordination with Argentine counterparts, including the Asociación Conciencia, Universo Agora Asociación Civil, Universidad de la Matanza and the Fundación Universitaria del Río de Plata, the meeting brings together some 200 students from 26 universities from Argentina and the rest of the hemisphere. During the Model, students will debate key issues of the inter-American agenda, such as energy for sustainable development, labor regulations of free trade agreements, regional cooperation, fight against corruption and transnational crime, cooperation mechanisms between the private and public sectors and civil society, as well as guarantees for the financial stability of the OAS.

The event’s objective is to familiarize the students with the work and duties of the OAS while they study the main problems that affect the citizens of the Americas and the role that the Organization plays in their solution. During the Model, the students who represent the OAS Member States defend the policies and interests of the country they are assigned. Click here to read the entire press release.
For more information about the MOAS, please click here.

Click here for more information about the XXV MOAS.

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October 31, 2007

OAS Secretary General Addresses the World Affairs Council in California

On October 31st, 2007, OAS Secretary General, Jose Miguel Insulza, participated as the main speaker at a monthly event organized by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.  To promote greater understanding of current global issues and their impact on the hemispheric relations, Secretary General Insulza presented his views on the status of democracy in the region and the role of the OAS in the promotion of democratic values. The program was moderated by the Honorable Curtis Mack, President of the Council, who expressed, his and the council’s appreciation of the OAS and its Secretary General being part of this initiative.

 

The World Affairs Council in Los Angeles promotes a broader engagement of the public of Southern California in local and international issues by inviting authoritative, influential figures in world affairs to Los Angeles and providing them an open forum to discuss a broad range of subjects from environment, to security and development.

Click here to read the Secretary General’s speech: “The OAS and the Advance of Democracy”

 


 

October 12, 2007  

His Majesty, the King of Spain, has decided to honor Irene Klinger, Director of the Department of External Relations, for her outstanding work in the international arena. Mrs. Klinger was given this award at a ceremony today on the occasion of the Anniversary of the Discovery of the Americas, which took place after the 11:30 protocolary session in the Patio tropical.

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October 3-6, 2007

From October 3-6, 2007, members of the OAS, the Baker Institute at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and young leaders throughout the Hemisphere participated in the tenth anniversary of the America's Project. This year's meeting took place at Rice University and examined issues relating to "Building Opportunities & Managing Challenges in the Americas." For more information on the America's Project, please see the America's Project webpage.

Press Release
Address by Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin

 


 
October 1, 2007

On October 1st, the OAS Secretary General, Jose Miguel Insulza, paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Robert Zoellick, new President of the World Bank.  The idea was to exchange views on the region and to identify potential areas for collaboration. Participants for the Bank were, in addition to Mr. Zoellick, Mr.Makhtar Diop, Director Strategy & Operations, LAC, and Mr. Auguste Tano Kouame, Assistant to the President. Ms. Irene Klinger, Director of the Department of External Relations and Ms. Paloma Adams, Advisor, accompanied the Secretary General in this meeting.

The meeting included an exchange of views on the situation in the region and some initial identification of potential areas of collaboration in crime; governance & the rule of law; climate Change – e.g. designing creative mechanisms to help countries adapt to climate change (carbon offsetting funds, technology transfer, innovative financial schemes), aid for Trade; and increased work with the Caribbean and reaching out to Central America (through IFC in the latter).

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October 1, 2007

On October 1st, the Korean government announced a contribution of $20,000 to support the Promotion of Democracy Among the Youth of the Americas through the Model OAS General Assembly, as well as a $20,000 contribution to support the Referendum in the Republic of Costa Rica over the ratification of the “Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade” (DR-CAFTA) to be held on October 7, 2007.  Mrs. Klinger, Director of the Department of External Relations of the OAS, welcomed these contributions and commended the Korean delegation for their support to OAS activities.

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September 18, 2007

Spain announces contribution to the OAS aimed at strengthening development cooperation in the Americas.

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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)
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Press Release
For more information on the Lecture Series

 


 
June 14-15, 2007

The Second Meeting of the Government Spokespersons of the Member States of the Organization of American States took place in Montevideo, Uruguay with sponsorship from the OAS, the Open Society Institute and the Governments of China and Uruguay. The two-day conference organized by the OAS Department of External Relations brought to the table the important topic of freedom of expression. Guest panelists and speakers included: Andrés Oppenheimer from the Miami Herald, Matt Cooper from Conde Nast Portofolio, Ignacio J. Álvarez from the OAS Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, and Claudio Grossman of the American University Washington College of Law.
For more information...
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Agenda
Program
List of Participants

 


 
June 3-5, 2007

XXXVII General assembly
The thirty-seventh regular session brought together the hemisphere’s foreign ministers in Panama City from June 3 to 5, under the theme of “Energy for Development.” The meeting adjourned having approved a series of resolutions and declarations tied to key facets of the hemispheric agenda. After receiving a report on the socioeconomic and environmental impact of climate change on the countries of the hemisphere, presented by Antigua and Barbuda, as well as the annual report of the OAS Permanent Council, the General Assembly adopted more than 80 resolutions and declarations. Furthermore, members of the Inter-American Juridical Committee, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights addressed the General Assembly, after which the member states proceeded to elect officials to OAS bodies, agencies, and entities.
For more information...
Speeches
Declarations and Resolutions Adopted by the General Assembly
Press Releases
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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
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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
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April 9, 2007

The Washington Model of the 36th OAS General Assembly (36th WMOAS) for universities began on April 9 and ended on Friday, April 13. The opening and closing plenary sessions were held in the Hall of the Americas and the committee sessions met in the Washington Plaza Hotel from Tuesday through Friday morning. This year, there were 16 universities from the US and 6 from abroad, totaling some four hundred students and faculty. Dr. Irene Klinger, Director of the Department of External Relations, inaugurated this event. 

Speech for the Inauguration of 36th Washington Model Assembly for Universities by Irene Klinger, Director, Department of External Relations, OAS

Press release

Fore more information about the WMOAS...
For more information about the OAS MOAS Program...


March 27, 2007

The Director General for Bilateral Political Affairs in Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vefahan Ocak  met with OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert R. Ramdin at OAS headquarters.
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March 22, 2007

OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza received a courtesy visit from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Elmar Maharram Mammadyarov, whose country has been an OAS permanent observer since 2001.
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March 6, 2007

Secretary General José Miguel Insulza welcomed the Mayor of Washington, D.C., Adrian Fenty, to OAS headquarters.
 


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

Power Point Presentation
Press release
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March 5, 2007

The Department of External Relations organized a visit to the United Nations by the Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza and  Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin. Mrs. Irene Klinger, Director of the Department of External Relations was also part of the OAS Delegation. OAS Secretary General met with the recently-appointed Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon to discuss issues of common interest on the inter-American agenda, exchange information on ongoing joint programs and activities, as well as to identify additional areas of cooperation.





February 22, 2007

Visit by Korean Delegation


The Department of External Relations coordinated the visit to the OAS of a high-level delegation of the Government of Korea which met with the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza. On this occassion, the Secretary General reiterated the importance of strengthening relations with countries from other regions of the world and thanked Korea for the support it has provided to the OAS since becoming a permanent observer in 1981. The delegation was headed by Byung-kil Han, Director General for the Latin American Affairs Bureau in Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, who extended an invitation to the Secretary General to visit that country sometime this year. He also expressed his intention to continue supporting cooperation projects that benefit the Americas.
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February 8, 2007

Denmark presented a donation to support the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, within the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Place: OAS Headquarters; Washington, D.C.

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November 27, 2006

Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Donato Di Santo visited OAS headquarters.
Place: OAS Headquarters; Washington, D.C.

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November 6, 2006

The OAS Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation agreed to carry out joint projects.
Place: OAS Building - Washington, DC
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Seated from left to right are: Ines Bustillo, Director, ECLAC; Irene Klinger, Director, Department of External Relations, OAS; Armand F. Pereira, Director ILO; and Jane Thery, Chief, Institutional Relations, Department of External Relations, OAS.

October 30, 2006

On October 30, Irene Klinger, Director, External Relation, held a luncheon at the Museum of the Americas for external relations and Washington office directors of multilateral institutions.  The purpose of the event was to explore ways to cooperate to increase our impact on achieving our common goals in the Western Hemisphere.  The group agreed to promote participation in each institutions’ events, discuss organizing a conference on hemispheric issues and meet regularly to follow-up on joint initiatives.  


October 16, 2006

The government of Korea presented a contribution to support the OAS mission that will observe Panama's October 22 referendum on the proposed expansion of the Panama Canal.
Place: OAS Building - Washington, DC

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September 27, 2006

The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza hosted a luncheon at his residence for a group of donor countries who actively support OAS programs. Guests included the Ambassadors, Permanent Observers of Spain, H.E. Juan Manuel Romero de Terreros; France, H.E. George Vaugier; Italy, H.E., Geri Schiavoni; and Norway, Knut Vollebaek; as well as the Alternate Observers of Sweden, Ingrid Ask, and Germany, Volker Timmerman. Also present were the OAS Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Ramdin; the Secretary General´s Chief of Staff, Ricardo Dominguez, Irene Klinger, Director of the Department of External Relations, and Magdalena Talamas, Chief of the Public Relations Section at the Department of External Relations.
 


September 20, 2006 - OAS SECRETARY GENERAL AT UN

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, at the invitation of the Chair of the United Nations Security Council, participated today in a meeting of that institution in New York, to debate policies of cooperation and joint collaboration among the UN and regional organizations.

Insulza noted the work carried out in
Haiti by the OAS and the United Nations, and said that this experience demonstrates what can be achieved when regional organizations work together. He cautioned that the lessons learned from the crises in Ecuador and Bolivia show that besides “dialogue and cooperation, we should have held previous consultations before becoming involved in member countries of the organization. I believe it is better to prevent crises and to have common policies toward them.”


August 17th, 2006
 
Meeting to bid farewell to Mr. Cho Byoung-Lip, former Alternate Observer of Korea to the OAS by Irene Klinger, OAS Director of the Department of External Relations (DER) and Magdalena Talamas, Chief of Public Relations of DER. Mr. Byoung-Lip will leave Washington D.C to serve as the new Ambassador of Korea in Costa Rica.


Sunday, June 4, 2006

*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...

*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 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Santo Domingo. For more information, click here.

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