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OAS and PAHO to Cooperate on Implementation of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals - Aug 19, 2016 - 12:51:00 PM

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(OAS/PAHO)‒ 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.
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Ambassador Highlights Historical Significance of Emancipation Day - Aug 15, 2016 - 3:15:13 PM

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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.

“I 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...”
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Permanent Council of OAS urges action in Haiti to guarantee Elections on October 9 - Aug 14, 2016 - 12:08:19 PM

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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....
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OAS Urges Action to Guarantee the Haiti Elections on October 9 - Aug 11, 2016 - 6:05:29 PM


The 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 October 9.”

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...”
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Bostwick Presents Report on Jamaica Elections - Jul 29, 2016 - 10:12:53 AM

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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...
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Members of OAS Permanent Council Pay Tribute to Liberator Simon Bolivar - Jul 29, 2016 - 5:08:45 AM

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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 Council...
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OAS and PAHO Launch a Plan of Action for People of African Descent - Jul 26, 2016 - 5:02:01 PM

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The organizations will promote inclusion of an Afro-descendant approach in health policies and sexual and reproductive health campaigns.


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...
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Haiti: OAS Secretary General Expresses Concern over Recent Failures of the National Assembly - Jul 16, 2016 - 11:50:12 AM

The 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...
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Rhaming Assumes Chair of OAS Permanent Council - Jul 1, 2016 - 4:31:07 PM

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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...
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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

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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.

On Wednesday, 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...
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OAS Peace Leaders Programme Held at The College at The Bahamas - Mar 11, 2016 - 5:33:51 PM

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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...
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CIM Reports on the Rights of Women living with HIV in the Americas - Mar 2, 2016 - 12:30:07 AM

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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 these rights.
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OAS Holds Black History Lecture in Washington - Feb 27, 2016 - 11:15:39 PM

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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, N.W.

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 organizing committee.
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Dr. Virgill-Rolle Engages the OAS on Competitiveness and Small Business Development - Feb 27, 2016 - 4:04:22 PM

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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 The Bahamas...
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OAS Mission Highlights Good Practices in Jamaica’s General Parliamentary Elections - Feb 26, 2016 - 1:27:18 PM

The 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 electoral process.

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 stations...
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OAS Designates 4 Judges as Goodwill Ambassadors for Environmental Justice in the Americas - Feb 13, 2016 - 9:44:35 AM

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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...

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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.

Twenty 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...
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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 Sanders.

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...
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OAS to Send Special Mission to Haiti to Assess Situation following Suspension of Elections - Jan 28, 2016 - 1:09:29 AM

The 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.”
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New Year's Message from OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro - Dec 31, 2015 - 2:45:44 PM

Dear friends,

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...
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