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OAS and Colombia sign agreement to hold the 49th General Assembly in Medellín
Apr 11, 2019 - 12:36:24 PM

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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 Hemispheric Multilateralism."

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. "The objective of the Assembly is to move forward on the main issues on the regional agenda," said the Deputy Minister.

For his part, the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, highlighted the leadership of the President of Colombia, Iván Duque, in regional diplomacy, and said the theme chosen by the Colombian government "combines the need to renew ourselves as a region to reach development with the fact that the Organization is the main political forum of the Americas."

The General Assembly is the principal organ of the OAS and is composed of the delegations of all member states, usually led by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs. It is in charge of defining the policies and mandates of the OAS, as well as the structure and functions of its organs. The Assembly is responsible for the election of the members of the decentralized and autonomous organizations of the OAS, such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Corte-IDH), the Inter-American Juridical Committee, and the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), among others.

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