OAS and PAHO to Cooperate on Implementation of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
- Aug 19, 2016 - 12:51:00 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Health
Organization (PAHO) today signed a declaration of cooperation to support
the countries of the Americas in achieving the 2030 Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs).
The declaration signed by OAS Secretary
General Luis Almagro and PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne establishes
joint activities primarily focused on equity, social inclusion, and
social determinants of health in the region, areas in which both
organizations have high interest.
Ambassador Highlights Historical Significance of Emancipation Day
- Aug 15, 2016 - 3:15:13 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Speaking at the regular meeting of the Organization
of American States (OAS) Permanent Council held on Thursday, August 11,
2016, His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United
States, used the occasion to highlight the historical significance of
Emancipation Day, which was celebrated in The Bahamas on August 1.
think it is only right to celebrate, ponder and mark the 178th
anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire,” Dr.
Newry said. “In effect, 178 years ago, on Monday 1st August, 1838, one
of the greatest holocausts, human tragedies and era of human trafficking
came officially, if not in practice, to an end throughout the British
empire, including Canada...”
Permanent Council of OAS urges action in Haiti to guarantee Elections on October 9
- Aug 14, 2016 - 12:08:19 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Permanent Council of the Organization of American
States (OAS) on Thursday, August 11, 2016, called on all Haitian
political and social actors to fully “assume their responsibilities and
take all necessary measures to conclude the electoral process by holding
free, fair and transparent elections on October 9.”
In a Declaration adopted unanimously during its regular meeting in the
Simon Bolivar Hall at the OAS headquarters at 17th Street and
Constitution Avenue, N.W., the Council called on “appropriate Haitian
authorities to take the decisions on provisional governance, in
accordance with Article 7 of the February 5th 2016 Accord, so as to
promote the holding of general elections at the established dates....
OAS Urges Action to Guarantee the Haiti Elections on October 9
- Aug 11, 2016 - 6:05:29 PM
Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today
called on all Haitian political and social actors to fully “assume their
responsibilities and take all necessary measures to conclude the
electoral process by holding free, fair and transparent elections in
In a Declaration
adopted unanimously, the Council called on “appropriate Haitian
authorities to take the decisions on provisional governance, in
accordance with Article 7 of the February 5th 2016 Accord, so as to
promote the holding of general elections at the established dates...”
Bostwick Presents Report on Jamaica Elections
- Jul 29, 2016 - 10:12:53 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Former Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs Janet
Bostwick, who headed the Organization of American States (OAS) Electoral
Observation Mission (EOM) at the general elections held earlier this
year in Jamaica, officially presented the Mission’s report to the OAS on
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, during a meeting of the Permanent Council in
the Simon Bolívar Hall of the OAS headquarters at 17th Street and
Constitution Avenue, NW.
The meeting was presided over by His
Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and Permanent Representative
of The Bahamas to the OAS and Chair of the Permanent Council...
Members of OAS Permanent Council Pay Tribute to Liberator Simon Bolivar
- Jul 29, 2016 - 5:08:45 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On the occasion of the anniversary of his birth,
members of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States
(OAS) paid tribute to Simón Bolívar (1783-1830) on Wednesday, July 27,
2016, during a meeting of the Permanent Council held in the Simon
Bolívar Hall of the OAS headquarters at 17th Street and Constitution
Avenue, NW, on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
The meeting was presided
over by His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and Permanent
Representative of The Bahamas to the OAS and Chair of the Permanent
OAS and PAHO Launch a Plan of Action for People of African Descent
- Jul 26, 2016 - 5:02:01 PM
The organizations will promote inclusion of an Afro-descendant
approach in health policies and sexual and reproductive health
Washington, D.C. (PAHO/WHO) – Today the
Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Health
Organization (PAHO) presented the new Plan of Action for the Americas
for Implementation of the International Decade for People of African
Descent. This initiative seeks to strengthen public policies to protect
the rights of this population in the Region, and ensure their full and
equal participation between now and 2025.
The initiative also
aims to improve the health and well-being of the more than 150 million
people of African descent estimated to live in the Western Hemisphere...
Haiti: OAS Secretary General Expresses Concern over Recent Failures of the National Assembly
- Jul 16, 2016 - 11:50:12 AM
Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis
Almagro, today expressed his deep concern over the demonstrated
inability of Haitian parliamentarians to meet in the National Assembly
to decide on how best to guarantee institutional stability and encourage
the continuation of the electoral process.
“Given the importance
of the challenges and the serious risks to the country’s stability, it
is particularly troubling that the meeting of the National Assembly set
for yesterday, July 14, was cancelled, once again, due to a failure to
reach quorum,” he said...
Rhaming Assumes Chair of OAS Permanent Council
- Jul 1, 2016 - 4:31:07 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and
Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the Organization of American
States (OAS) and Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations, assumed the
Chair of the OAS Permanent Council and the General Committee in a
ceremony held at the OAS headquarters at 17th Street & Constitution
Avenue, NW, on Friday, July 1, 2016.
Ambassador Rahming takes
over from His Excellency Juan José Arcuri, Ambassador and Permanent
Representative of Argentina to the OAS, who presented him with a gavel,
the symbol of his authority...
Bahamas elected Chair of Inter-American Committee on Education for 2016-2018L: Will host 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education
- May 2, 2016 - 12:38:41 PM
Washington, DC - The Minister of Education, Science and Technology of
The Bahamas, Hon Jerome Fitzgerald, was in Washington DC for a series of
education-related meetings from 27-28 April, 2016.
27th April, 2016, Minister Fitzgerald was a panelist in the First Round
Table on Education in the Americas at the OAS and he presented on the
topic: "Science and technology as catalysts for education and life
opportunities". During his statement he implored OAS Member States to
"advance the national development agenda of our respective countries
through the architect and construction of robust national science,
technology and innovation policies and systems...
OAS Peace Leaders Programme Held at The College at The Bahamas
- Mar 11, 2016 - 5:33:51 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas - On February 24th and 25th, leaders from different
institutions of the Bahamian community – the Ministries of Education,
Youth and Foreign Affairs, The College of The Bahamas (COB), and Young
Marine Explorers - came together for a workshop on Peace and Citizenship
Education delivered at The College of The Bahamas by facilitators of
the Department of Human Development, Education and Employment of the
Organization of American States (OAS).
Dr. Eslyn Jones,
Coordinator and Vice President of Student Affairs at The College of The
Bahamas, explained how the workshop attendees were invited...
CIM Reports on the Rights of Women living with HIV in the Americas
- Mar 2, 2016 - 12:30:07 AM
On Zero Discrimination Day, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS is pleased to launch a new report entitled "Human rights of women living with HIV in the Americas" developed by the CIM and UNAIDS, with the collaboration of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS.
TheReport seeks to identify advances in and challenges to the
protection and exercise of the human rights of all ofthe diverse women
living with HIV, as well as to promote the development of regional and
national strategies for the promotion, protection and realization of
OAS Holds Black History Lecture in Washington
- Feb 27, 2016 - 11:15:39 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Organization of American States (OAS) hosted a
lecture on “The Afro-Diaspora in the Americas” as part of the
celebrations of Black History Month and the International Decade for
People of African Descent .on Thursday, February 25, in the Hall of the
Americas at the OAS headquarters at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue,
The Bahamas was one of the seven countries along with National
Geographic Magazine that were recognized as the primary sponsors of the
event, with Miss Tracee Dorestant, Second Secretary/Vice Consul and
Alternate Representative to the OAS, representing The Bahamas on the
Dr. Virgill-Rolle Engages the OAS on Competitiveness and Small Business Development
- Feb 27, 2016 - 4:04:22 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Although in Washington DC primarily for
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) high-level discussions, Dr.
Nicola Virgill-Rolle, Director of Economic Development and Planning in
the Office of the Prime Minister, began her working visit to Washington
DC on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, with a briefing for Ambassador Dr.
Eugene Newry and diplomatic staff at the Embassy on the progress in
developing a National Development Plan, which was followed by a similar
briefing for Consul General Paulette Zonicle and Consular staff during a
luncheon meeting at Consular Annex.
Dr. Virgill-Rolle then engaged in discussions with Ms. Maryse Robert,
Director of Economic Development at the Organization of American States
(OAS), on the provision of technical assistance to support the creation
of a Competitiveness Council and a Small Business development Centre in
OAS Mission Highlights Good Practices in Jamaica’s General Parliamentary Elections
- Feb 26, 2016 - 1:27:18 PM
Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States
(OAS/EOM) to the February 25 General Parliamentary Elections in Jamaica
highlighted good practices and formulated recommendations to further
assist the country in its efforts to continue strengthening its
The OAS/EOM, headed by former Attorney General
and Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas, Janet G. Bostwick, was
composed of 23 international observers from 17 countries, who were
present in thirteen parishes across the country, and visited 367 polling
OAS Designates 4 Judges as Goodwill Ambassadors for Environmental Justice in the Americas
- Feb 13, 2016 - 9:44:35 AM
The Organization of American States (OAS) today presented an initiative
to strengthen the role of the judiciary in the protection of the
environment, which included the designation of four representatives of
the Supreme Courts of the region as Goodwill Ambassadors for
Environmental Justice in the Americas.
The designated judges are: The President of the Supreme Court of Argentina, Ricardo Lorenzetti; The President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Chile, Sergio Muñoz; and The Minister of the Superior Court of Justice of Brazil, Antonio Benjamin...
Haiti: Agreement for Peaceful Transition of Government Accomplished
- Feb 6, 2016 - 1:20:26 PM
The Special Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to Haiti which began on Sunday, January 31 is now completed.
two hours before the end of President Michel Martelly's term without an
elected President to succeed him, an agreement was reached for a
transitional government. Late on February 5th, President Martelly
officially signed the agreement with President Jocelerme Privert and
Vice-President Cholzer Chancy of the National Assembly...
OAS Special Mission to Arrive in Haiti on Sunday
- Jan 29, 2016 - 6:26:55 PM
The Special Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to
Haiti will arrive in Port-au-Prince on Sunday, headed by the Chair of
the OAS Permanent Council Representative of Antigua and Barbuda, Ronald
The Mission will also include Leonidas Rosa Bautista,
Permanent Representative to the OAS, former Foreign Minister and
Attorney General of Honduras; Sonia Johnny, former Permanent
Representative of Saint Lucia to the OAS; Gabriel Bidegain, Principal
Political Adviser to the Secretary General of the OAS; and Steven
Griner, Director of the Department of Democratic Sustainability and
Special Missions of the OAS...
OAS to Send Special Mission to Haiti to Assess Situation following Suspension of Elections
- Jan 28, 2016 - 1:09:29 AM
Organization of American States (OAS) will send a Special Mission to
assess the situation in Haiti in response to a request by Haitian
President Michel Martelly, according to an agreement reached today by
the Permanent Council of the institution.
The Chair of the
Council and Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda, Ronald
Sanders, specified that the Mission will be sent by the Secretary
General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, and that its work will include
engaging in “a dialogue with all appropriate parties.”
New Year's Message from OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro
- Dec 31, 2015 - 2:45:44 PM
We know that we still have hard work ahead of us for this year 2016 that is about to start.
Our plans at the OAS are still part of a dynamic of construction,
but our efforts to facilitate the resolution of hemispheric challenges
will be undeterred.
Justice and ethics must be the rules that guide the coexistence
between countries and, within each country, they should be the basis for
the relationship between government and opposition...