Message from OAS Secretary General on World Refugee Day
- Jun 20, 2019 - 1:42:25 PM
Today, World Refugee Day, is not a reason to celebrate for the more than
4 million Venezuelans who have fled from hunger, disease, and the
persecution of the inhuman dictatorship of Maduro...
OAS Secretary General Condemns Antisemitic Attack in Rosario, Argentina
- Jun 11, 2019 - 1:20:21 PM
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis
Almagro, today condemned the attack against Rabbi Shlomo Tawil in
The Secretary General denounced the attack
and expressed his solidarity with Tawil and his family. "From the OAS we
strongly condemn antisemitism in any form," said Almagro...
ViaSat and the OAS join efforts to reduce the digital divide in the Americas
- Jun 4, 2019 - 4:56:40 PM
The satellite services company ViaSat officially joined today the 2030
ICT Alliance, an initiative led by the Inter-American Telecommunications
Commission (CITEL) of the Organization of American States. This
alliance seeks to connect 1.5 billion people globally by 2020, connect
all public schools to the internet to by 2030, promote digital training,
develop talents for the digital economy, and strengthen democratic
participation through new technologies.
During the signing of the
agreement, the Vice President and General Manager of ViaSat Inc,
Prakash Chitre, highlighted the company´s work in operating community
Wi-Fi services “in thousands of previously unattended communities...
OAS to Provide Training to University of Sao Paulo on Electoral Observation
- Jun 3, 2019 - 10:50:21 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the University of Sao
Paulo (USP) today signed a cooperation agreement to assist the study
center in the development of tools and training for observing the
upcoming electoral processes in Brazil.
The Secretary General of
the OAS, Luis Almagro, recalled that on May 15, the USP, in coordination
with the OAS Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation
(DECO), inaugurated the first National Electoral Observatory in Brazil...
OAS to Advise Paraguay on Electoral Matters
- Jun 1, 2019 - 7:30:32 AM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Superior Tribunal of
Electoral Justice (TSJE) of Paraguay today signed an agreement for the
provision of technical cooperation in electoral matters during a
ceremony held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in
The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro,
explained that the agreement will allow the Organization to provide
technical support to the TSJE in the reforms it is carrying out. "The
OAS and the Tribunal have a long history of collaboration, both in terms
of electoral observation and cooperation," said the Secretary General...
Statement by the OAS Secretary General: Colombia and the Peace
- May 24, 2019 - 7:30:06 PM
The Government of President Duque has done everything to maintain peace,
to deepen peace with justice and at the same time eradicate plantations
and fight drug trafficking. It has not been nor will it be an easy
task. It is a proven fact that when the government assumed power in
August, the cultivation of coca had reached record levels...
OAS to Collaborate with ProFuturo on Interactive Education in Guyana and with Telefónica to Reduce the Digital Divide in Women and Rural Areas
- May 24, 2019 - 3:05:56 PM
The Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) of the
Organization of American States (OAS), Telefónica, and Fundación
ProFuturo today signed two agreements to promote digital inclusion and
education in the region, as part of the commitments made in the
framework of the TIC 2030 Alliance.
The agreement signed with
ProFuturo is focused on digital education in Guyana, where 5,435 primary
school students and 449 teachers in the country will have access to
interactive content and materials to improve their learning experiences...
MACCIH/OAS Presented Sixth Report of the Mission to the Permanent Council of the Organization
- May 15, 2019 - 7:35:17 PM
The Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in
Honduras (MACCIH) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today
presented to the Permanent Council of the institution the Sixth
Quarterly Report on the Mission's management in Honduras, in compliance
with the commitments acquired at the signing of the agreement between
the OAS and the Government of Honduras...
OAS Mission in Colombia highlights progress and challenges to the Peace Agenda
- May 15, 2019 - 1:15:14 PM
The Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia of the Organization
of American States (MAPP/OAS) today presented its XXVI Report to the
Permanent Council of the hemispheric body, coinciding with the
commemoration of its 15 years of work in the territories most affected
by the armed conflict in Colombia. The document is the result of 1,358
missions in 720 rural villages, carried out between August 7 and
December 31, 2018...
OAS to support Attorney General of the Dominican Republic to Implement New Penitentiary Model
- Apr 26, 2019 - 10:41:12 AM
The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) and
the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic (PGR) today signed a
cooperation agreement to strengthen the PGR's capacity to promote
Through agreement, the Department of Public
Security (DPS) of the OAS will support the PGR through the exchange of
experiences and the design and implementation of strategies to
strengthen and consolidate the progress that the Dominican Republic has
made in the modernization of its penitentiary system...
Costa Rica Signs Inter-American Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance at the OAS
- Apr 25, 2019 - 5:40:01 PM
Costa Rica signed, at the headquarters of the Organization of American
States (OAS), the Inter-American Convention against All Forms of
Discrimination and Intolerance. The Central American country joins
Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay, as the fifth nation in the
Americas to have signed all conventions related to human rights
of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Manuel Ventura Robles, said that with
the signing of this Convention Costa Rica fulfills "a debt we had with
the Inter-American Human Rights System and we wanted to comply with it
as soon as possible."...
OAS and Latin American Federation of Banks to Cooperate on Cybersecurity
- Apr 15, 2019 - 8:03:09 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Latin American
Federation of Banks (FELABAN) today signed a cooperation agreement for
capacity development on cybersecurity in Latin America, at a ceremony
held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington
General Secretary of FELABAN Giorgio Trettenero said the
agreement "will allow us to unite efforts in a topic of high impact and
importance for the banking of the region such as cybersecurity". He also
recalled that during a recent strategic planning meeting of FELABAN
"Cybersecurity was the issue of highest priority and importance of the
management agenda of the institution."
OAS and Regional Alliance for Free Expression and Information will work together in the Defense of Fundamental Rights
- Apr 12, 2019 - 6:24:32 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Regional Alliance for
Free Expression and Information today signed an agreement to work
together in the defense of fundamental rights such as free expression
and access to information in the Hemisphere.
member of the Executive Secretariat of the Alliance said the slogan of
the OAS of “more rights for more people” should be taken on by civil
society. “At the Regional Alliance we have been working hand in hand
with the OAS promoting freedom of expression and related rights...
Committee of Experts expresses concern over the statements of the Vice President of Guatemala
- Apr 12, 2019 - 11:19:27 AM
The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism to the
Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication
of Violence against Women "Belém do Pará Convention" (MESECVI) expresses
deep concern at the statements made by the Vice President of Guatemala,
Jafeth Cabrera, who normalized, diminished and ignored the seriousness
of violence against women during a speech at the Secretariat for the
Executive Coordination of the Presidency...
OAS and Colombia sign agreement to hold the 49th General Assembly in Medellín
- Apr 11, 2019 - 12:36:24 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Colombia
today signed the agreement to hold the 49th General Assembly on June
26- 28 in Medellín, under the theme: "Innovating to Strengthen
At the signing of the agreement,
the Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs of Colombia, Adriana Mejía,
said her country is ready to receive the Foreign Ministers of the
Hemisphere to discuss common problems and challenges...
New Ambassador of Venezuela Presents Credentials
- Apr 10, 2019 - 3:32:05 PM
The new Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the Organization of
American States (OAS), Gustavo Tarre, today presented his credentials to
the Secretary General of the hemispheric institution, Luis Almagro.
General Almagro welcomed Ambassador Tarre, "with whom we will work to
deepen the path to democratization, peace and justice for Venezuela." He
also recalled that, at the meeting of the OAS Permanent Council on
April 9, "the voices in favor of democracy in the hemisphere" voted for
the resolution that accepted his appointment...
Spain Contributed $2.5 Million to the OAS
- Apr 8, 2019 - 2:50:50 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Spanish Agency for
International Development Cooperation (AECID) today signed the agreement
that makes the Spanish contribution of 2.2 million euros (about 2.5
million dollars) official, to finance projects executed by the OAS in
the areas of human rights, legal development, crisis prevention and
peace building and electoral systems.
The Senior Advisor of the
Strategic Council for Organizational Development and Management for
Results of the OAS, Luis Porto, highlighted the central role that Spain
plays in supporting the Organization's initiatives...
OAS signs agreement on privileges and immunities for Electoral Observation Mission in Panama
- Apr 4, 2019 - 3:28:54 PM
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis
Almagro, and the Permanent Representative of Panama, Salvador Sánchez,
today signed the agreement on privileges and immunities for the
Electoral Observation Mission to the May 5 general elections.
signing the agreement, Ambassador Sanchez stressed that "for all the
countries of the hemisphere, the visits of the OAS Electoral Observation
Missions over the last 50 years have always been important...