"Celebrating The Black Experience in The Americas"
- Mar 29, 2017 - 3:14:06 PM
His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador and Permanent
Representative to the United Nations and the Organization of American
States (OAS), made a strong case during an address at the OAS on
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in support of his contention that there “is
cause to celebrate the black experience in and contributions to the
“And while we celebrate how far we have come from the
vestiges of ancient slavery, let us use this decade to dismantle modern
slavery in all its ugly forms: forced labor, human trafficking and
gender bias,” Dr. Rahming said, adding that it is “only by so doing that
we make a recognizable dent in closing our hemisphere’s black hole...
Hemispheric Report on Sexual Violence and Child Pregnancy
- Mar 28, 2017 - 7:25:59 PM
The Committee of Experts of the Follow-Up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI), prepared a
Hemispheric Report on Sexual Violence and Child Pregnancy in the States Party to the Belém do Pará Convention, the regional reality of pregnancy among girls younger than 14 and its relation to sexual violence.
What is the purpose of the report?To bring visibility
to the issue, provide a space for discussion, formulate recommendations
to the States Party to the Convention and promote the right of all girls
to live free from violence...
OAS Assistant Secretary General Receives Award in Recognition of his Commitment to Organization’s Values
- Mar 15, 2017 - 1:22:06 PM
The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States
(OAS), Nestor Mendez, today received the Medal of Honor for Merit
presented by the Sociedad de Estudios Internacionales (SEI) of Panama,
in recognition of his work to promote democracy, strengthening human
rights, and fostering peace and security and integral development.
high honor was presented to Ambassador Mendez during a ceremony in
Panama City, Panama, within the framework of the First International
Conference on Global Threats and their Regional Impact, organized by the
SEI. During the same event, attended by diplomats, security experts and
representatives from international and regional organizations...
OAS Celebrates Black History Month and International Decade of People of African Descent
- Feb 24, 2017 - 4:18:27 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) joined the celebration of
"Black History Month and the International Decade for People of African
Descent" with a celebration on "Afro-Inspired Culture in the Americas"
on Thursday, February 23, 2017, in the Hall of the Americas at OAS
headquarters, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
featured several specialists on the influence of African culture in the
Americas, including Demont Hussey, from Jamaica, who spoke about the
history of reggae music; James Lovell and Vincent Martinez of Belize,
who played Afro-Garifuna jazz music; Von Martin, from Trinidad and
Tobago, who spoke about the history of the Trinitarian drums; Dr. Miguel
Vilar, from National Geographic's "Ancestral Discoveries" team...
Education Ministers Approve Inter-American Education Agenda at OAS Meeting in Bahamas
- Feb 12, 2017 - 4:54:10 PM
Ministers of Education of the member states of the Organization of
American States (OAS) meeting in Nassau, Bahamas, today approved the
Inter-American Education Agenda (IEA), the culmination of a two-year
process of negotiations to define common priorities aimed at improving
quality education in the region, in line with the Sustainable
Development Goals agreed by the United Nations in 2015.
The approval of the Inter-American Education Agenda is a milestone
achievement in improving quality education in the Americas, as it
codifies agreement on three concrete priorities: Quality, inclusive, and
equitable education; Strengthening the teaching profession; and
Comprehensive early childhood care...
Bahamas and OAS Sign MOU for Small Business Development Center
- Feb 10, 2017 - 1:05:25 PM
The Bahamas is the beneficiary of a Small Business Development Center
(SBDC) as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed
Thursday between The Bahamas and the Organization of American States
The Hon. Michael Halkitis, the Bahamas’ Minister of State
for Finance, and His Excellency Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the
OAS, signed the agreement during the 9th Inter-American Meeting of
Ministers of Education at Atlantis, Paradise Island.
attendance was His Excellency Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to
the United Nations in New York and Permanent Representative to the OAS...
Bahamas & OAS sign MOU for scholarships & training
- Feb 9, 2017 - 6:37:27 PM
The Bahamas Ministry of Education, Science and
Technology (MOEST) and the General Secretariat of the Organization of
American States (OAS), today, signed a Memorandum of Understanding that
will provide scholarships and training programs for Bahamian students.
Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome
Fitzgerald and His Excellency Luis Almagro, OAS Secretary General,
signed the understanding, Thursday, February 9th during the official
opening ceremony of the 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of
Education (9IAMME) at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island...
OAS observes conclusion of the electoral cycle in Haiti
- Jan 30, 2017 - 4:34:31 PM
Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States
(OAS) to the legislative and local elections in Haiti this Sunday,
January 29, commended the country on the organization of a very complex
election, but expressed concern over low turnout, particularly in urban
The OAS Mission, headed by Uruguayan Ambassador Juan Raúl
Ferreira, observed elections for 570 local administration councils
(CASEC), 568 local assemblies (ASEC) and 139 city delegates, as well as
run-off votes for eight senate seats and one seat in the lower chamber.
The Mission deployed 77 observers and specialists from 21 countries who
visited a total of 285 voting centers in all 10 departments...
Commonwealth of Dominica assumes Chairmanship of OAS Council for Integral Development (CIDI)
- Jan 12, 2017 - 8:00:26 AM
The Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the
Organization of American States, Ambassador Dr. Vince Henderson, assumed
the Chairmanship of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development
(CIDI) on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The ceremony took place at the
OAS headquarters. Ambassador Henderson thanked the exiting Chair,
Ambassador Rogelio Sotela, from Costa Rica, and pledged to continue
working to take advantage of the forum for meaningful discussion of the
development agenda and how SEDI can better focus its efforts for greater
impact while keeping in mind its comparative advantages and available
The appointment of Mrs. Kim Osborne, a national of the
Commonwealth of Dominica, as Executive Secretary for Integral
Development, was confirmed today by acclamation by OAS Member States
during the regular CIDI meeting...
OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Haiti Congratulates Haitian People and Electoral Authorities on Conclusion of Presidential Electoral Process
- Jan 4, 2017 - 1:29:49 PM
The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States
(EOM/OAS) in Haiti welcomes the announcement of the final results of
the presidential election held on November 20, 2016. The EOM commends
the conclusion of an electoral process that, despite having been long
and complex, has allowed the country to continue down the path of
The verification process of 12% of the
returns, ordered by the Electoral Disputes Tribunal at the request of
different political actors, concluded that the returns analyzed did not
show irregularities that could have affected the electoral process. The
use of established legal processes to clarify questions about the
Rahming joins in Tributes to Late Venezuela Envoy
- Dec 2, 2016 - 11:24:26 AM
Washington, D.C. - His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas
Ambassador to the United Nations and Permanent Representative to the
Organization of American States (OAS), was among those paying tribute to
the late Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuela’s Permanent
Representative to the OAS during a special meeting of the OAS Permanent
Council in the Simon Bolívar Hall of the OAS headquarters at 17th Street
and Constitution Avenue, N.W., on Thursday, December 1, 2016.
behalf of the government and people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
I express profound condolences to the government and people of the
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the passing of H.E. Ambassador
Bernardo Alvarez,” Dr. Rahming said...
OAS donates $25,000 towards Bahamas hurricane recovery
- Dec 1, 2016 - 6:37:44 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Organization of American States (OAS) has made a
contribution of $25,000 to The Bahamas to
assist with recovery efforts from the massive damages caused by Hurricane
Matthew early in October.
His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations
and Permanent Representative to the OAS, was presented with a cheque by OAS Assistant
Secretary General Nestor Mendez on
Thursday, December 1, 2016
, in the Assistant
Secretary General’s office at OAS main building at 17th Street and Constitution
Uruguay first to ratify Inter-American Convention on Protection of Human Rights of Older Persons
- Nov 22, 2016 - 8:52:04 PM
Uruguay became the first member state of the Organization of American
States (OAS) to deposit the instrument of ratification of the
Inter-American Convention on the Protection of the Human Rights of Older
The Permanent Representative of Uruguay, Hugo Cayrús,
recalled that the legislature of his country ratified the Convention in
September. “Uruguay believes the region has taken a fundamental step,
because it is the first legally binding Convention related to the
protection of the human rights of older persons,” said the Uruguayan
OAS Electoral Mission in Haiti Completes Deployment Ahead of Sunday´s Elections
- Nov 18, 2016 - 12:23:48 AM
Organization of American States’ Electoral Observation Mission
(OAS/EOM) in Haiti completed today its deployment across the country. A
team of 130 experts and observers of 24 nationalities, headed by former
Uruguayan senator Juan Raúl Ferreira, will be observing
election in all ten departments of Haiti.
Mission includes a number of specialists that are analyzing in depth
key aspects of the electoral process, including electoral organization
and technology, electoral registration, electoral justice and the
participation of women. On Election Day the OAS will observe the process
from the opening of the polls to the counting of the votes. A team will
remain in the country until the tabulation process has concluded...
OAS Secretary General Congratulates Colombia on a Decisive Step toward an Inclusive Peace Agreement
- Nov 14, 2016 - 8:37:52 AM
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis
Almagro, today congratulated Colombia for taking a decisive step toward
an inclusive peace agreement, convinced that a broad and participatory
dialogue is the way to build a sustainable peace.
welcomed "the willingness and the efforts of the Government of President
Santos, the promoters of the 'No,' the FARC-EP and the different
sectors of society that, through long days, managed to overcome the
complexities, debated the different proposals of the 'No' backers, and
found points of consensus, strengthening the initial peace agreement..."
Bahamas Chairs CICAD 60th Regular Session
- Nov 10, 2016 - 3:24:39 PM
Washington D.C. - The 60th Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug
Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States
(OAS), was held from 2nd to 4th November, 2016, at the Atlantis Resort
on Paradise Island.
The Session brought together Commissioners,
Ambassadors and other high-ranking officials of OAS Member States,
including representatives from civil society, to discuss the world drug
problem. Bringing remarks at the inauguration ceremony were Carmen
Masias Claux, Executive President of the National Commission for
Development and Life Without Drugs (DEVIDA) of Peru; Mr. Luis Almagro...
OAS Secretary General Urges Government Partnerships in Drug Trafficking Fight
- Nov 4, 2016 - 3:50:33 PM
PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas – Significant interventions must be taken
in order to curb or eliminate drug trafficking in the region. This,
according to Secretary General of the Organization of American States
(OAS) Luis Almagro, will be the best course of action. Mr. Almagro said
that drug trafficking and the associated actions that support the trade
are a ‘threat to democracy.’
He was speaking at the Inauguration
Ceremony of the 60th Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse
Control Commission (CICAD) at Atlantis, Paradise Island, November 2-4,
PM Christie Welcomes OAS' CICAD to The Bahamas for Important Sessions
- Nov 4, 2016 - 1:48:34 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt.
Hon. Perry Christie congratulated the Organization of American States
and, more specifically, its Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission
(CICAD), on November 2, 2016, for the decision to spend its "30th
birthday" in The Bahamas.
"Over the last three decades, your
hemispheric objective for the goal of a drug free world and your
endeavours to assist member states in addressing drug use and abuse in
the hemisphere has been meaningful, full and impactful," Prime Minister
Christie said during the Inauguration Ceremony for the 60th Regular
Session of CICAD, at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island...
Peace Process in Colombia: Statement from the OAS Secretary General
- Oct 10, 2016 - 11:34:20 AM
We have supported the peace process promoted by President Juan Manuel
Santos from the beginning and we are deeply committed to the desire of
the Colombian people to live in peace.
The recent majority
decision by the voters not to support the Peace Agreements of Havana
between the government and the FARC, in a plebiscite which included the
electoral observation of the OAS, opens the doors to a peace process
anchored in a great national dialogue.
The result of the referendum, being the voice of the people, must be respected by the participants in the ongoing dialogue...
OAS holds meeting on Hurricane Matthew
- Oct 7, 2016 - 6:19:03 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Hurricane Matthew continued its
destructive rampage along Florida’s Atlantic Coast, after inflicting tremendous
damage in The Bahamas throughout Thursday and Friday morning, the Organization
of American States (OAS) Inter-American Emergency Aid Committee convened a
second meeting at the OAS on Friday, October 7, 2016, to address the situation in the affected
nations of the Caribbean.
Representatives of Member States affected by
Hurricane Matthew, including The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Haiti,
were invited to the meeting that was also attended by representatives of the
OAS, PAHO/WHO, Inter-American Defense Board (IADB) and the Pan American