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OAS Member States Approved the Organization's Budget for the 2015- 2016 Biennium - Oct 29, 2014 - 7:53:35 PM

The Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS), gathered today at the 48th Special General Assembly unanimously approved the the Program Budget of the regular fund of the Hemispheric Organization for the 2015-2016 biennium, which assigns a total of 84.324 million dollars annually for the operation and implementation of the institution’s activities.

The General Assembly, which took place today in the OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, was led by the Permanent Representative of Chile to the OAS, Ambassador Juan Pablo Lira, who chairs the Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Affairs (CAAP) of the Permanent Council. Ambassador Lira welcomed the adoption of the resolution stating that "after intense and fruitful discussions, we have achieved a consensus document..."
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OAS Anticorruption Mechanism Holds On-Site Visit to The Bahamas - Oct 3, 2014 - 6:14:24 AM

A Commission of the Anti-Corruption Mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) held an “on-site” visit to The Bahamas from September 23 to 25 with the country’s consent, as part of the analysis that the mechanism carries out in accordance with the methodology adopted by consensus among its member countries.

The Commission of the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) was made up of Tatiana Gutiérrez Delgado, Lead Expert of Costa Rica to the Committee of Experts of the MESICIC and Public Ethics Prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Office, and Rodrigo Silva, Officer in the Department of Legal Cooperation of the OAS General Secretariat...
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OAS Condems Attacks in Ottawa, Canada - Oct 23, 2014 - 12:41:38 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today condemned "the cowardly shooting of a soldier dutifully guarding Canada’s war memorial and the subsequent armed attack on Canada’s Parliament, which represent an affront to the very symbols of Canadian democracy,” and expressed his support and the Organization's for the Government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The Secretary General offered his condolences to the family of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was killed in the attack at the Cenotaph, and said he stood in solidarity with all Canadians during this difficult time. He also noted the courage of members of the security services who risked their lives...
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IDB and OAS join to promote better Cyber Security Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean - Oct 22, 2014 - 4:22:33 PM

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Some 600 million individuals were victims of a cybercrime in 2013

More than 100 participants from 35 countries are taking part in a workshop that kicked off today, to improve public policies to better prevent cyber crime. The event was organized jointly by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS).

The aim of the workshop is for individuals responsible for cyber security to share their knowledge and experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean, with experts from countries with more experience in the field such as Canada, Spain, the United States, Estonia and Israel...
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OAS Lecture Series Examines Universal Abolition of the Death Penalty - Oct 16, 2014 - 3:37:47 AM

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The 56 Lecture of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) discussed on Tuesday in Washington DC the issue of the abolition of the death penalty, as part of the commemoration of the International Day Against this punishment on October 10. The event featured a keynote address by the President of the International Institute of Human Rights and former President of the European Court of Human Rights, Jean-Paul Costa, entitled "Reflections on the Abolition of the Death Penalty."

Opening the event, the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, said that the issue "is no stranger to the OAS, particularly to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that recently issued a new call for the abolition of the death penalty," recalling in this regard the significant contribution that the Commission has made to the topic. In this regard, the Secretary...
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OAS Assistant Secretary General Calls for Universal Access to Education - Oct 15, 2014 - 10:50:28 PM

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The Sixth Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Education (CIE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) opened today at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC, where the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization, Albert Ramdin, called for universal access to quality education.

Assistant Secretary General Ramdin said the promotion of universal access to inclusive quality education is at the heart of development policies, adding that one of the main challenges facing the region is "development and successful implementation of effective public policies to promote equal opportunity through education...”
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OAS Calls on Countries of the Region to Join Forces for Sustainable Development - Oct 8, 2014 - 6:38:04 PM

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The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, today highlighted the importance of the countries of the region working together to achieve sustainable development, during an event in the framework of the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF), which will be inaugurated tonight in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

In an address to a working lunch with business leaders from the region, whose central theme was business interaction, the OAS Assistant Secretary General said he realized that “acting on their own, the governments of the hemisphere, our Member States, can only achieve, so much.” “I firmly believe that development cannot be sustainable, if it's achieved in isolation,” he added...
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OAS Assistant Secretary General and Caribbean Authorities Discuss the Future of Energy - Oct 7, 2014 - 12:13:54 AM

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, joined ministers and high-level authorities on energy in the Caribbean in Miami today to address energy and climate challenges in preparation for a meeting of ministers in 2015 under the umbrella of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).

The OAS Assistant Secretary General opened the discussion stressing how the shift toward sustainable energy is critical. “We cannot escape the fact that renewable energy has very high upfront costs and at the moment many of our countries are facing a very serious debt challenge,” said Ambassador Ramdin. The OAS official noted that “we have difficulties striking that balance between investing in the future and dealing with our day-to-day problems; this is a major issue for policy makers in the region...”
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OAS Convenes First Stakeholder Meeting on Natural Disaster Mitigation - Oct 3, 2014 - 12:13:53 PM

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A special stakeholder meeting convened this week by the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, agreed on the need for increased support and focus on natural disaster mitigation and climate change issues.

The Group of Friends on Natural Disaster Mitigation brought together, for the first time, representatives of countries across the Hemisphere, OAS Permanent Observer countries, representatives of several key inter-American institutions, and others to collaborate and co-ordinate mitigation efforts and potential projects, on a regular basis...
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Declaration of the OAS Secretary General on the Situation of the People Detained in Guantanamo - Oct 1, 2014 - 2:45:45 AM

The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), has closely followed for more than a decade the situation of the people detained at Guantanamo Naval Base. The concern of the Organization has been expressed through cautionary measures, resolutions, examinations of cases, hearings and press releases, requesting for these people treatment in strict accordance with universal and regional norms regarding human rights, to which our countries have adhered.

In this framework, in its Resolution of July 2011, the IACHR “urges the United States to close the Guantanamo Bay facility without delay and arrange for the trial or release of the detainees.” More than a year later, this process has not concluded, despite the efforts made by the government of President Obama...
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OAS Receives PAHO Report on the Ebola Outbreak in Africa and the Impact of Chikungunya Virus in the Americas - Sep 25, 2014 - 11:55:06 AM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) held a regular meeting in which it received reports from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in western Africa and the status of Chikungunya virus in the region, and also discussed issues related to the empowerment of women in the Hemisphere and the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States.

During the meeting, the Council received PAHO Director Carissa Ettienne, and PAHO Director of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis, Marcos Espinal. Director Etienne reported that Ebola is active in six countries in West Africa, where 22 million people live, and warned that the virus "is spreading exponentially..."
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OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism Adopted Report on Haiti - Sep 25, 2014 - 10:37:14 AM

The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted its first report on Haiti on the implementation of this treaty in the framework of the Fourth Round of Review of the Mechanism, during its Twenty-Fourth Meeting held from September 8 to 12 at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC.

Bearing in mind that the Republic of Haiti was not party to the MESICIC when the First Round of MESICIC was conducted, the report is a comprehensive review of Haiti’s implementation of the provisions of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption that the Committee of Experts of the MESICIC selected for review in the First Round and the Fourth Round, which is currently being carried out by the MESICIC.
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OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism Releases Report on Grenada - Sep 23, 2014 - 12:25:17 AM

The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the report on Grenada on the implementation of that treaty in the framework of the Fourth Round of Review, during its twenty-fourth meeting held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC.

The report on Grenada provides a comprehensive review of the structure, operation, and administration of the Integrity Commission (IC); the Public Service Commission (PSC); the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP); and the Audit Department (AD)—four of the main...
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OAS, PAHO, and Trinidad and Tobago Organize Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases - Sep 22, 2014 - 1:12:28 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) will host, together with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, a high level meeting in Washington, DC on September 30, titled “Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) In the Americas: Awareness, Access, Action.”

The OAS event will discuss policy and practical mechanisms to raise awareness and address the prevalence of NCDs in the Americas. The half-day meeting at OAS headquarters will take place on the sidelines of the week-long PAHO Directing Council Meetings, and will bring together stakeholders from the healthcare industry, educators, medical groups, representatives of OAS member states and other groups. PAHO Director Carissa Etienne will address a special private breakfast gathering for Health Ministers, ahead of the official start of the meeting.
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OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism Released Report on Jamaica - Sep 17, 2014 - 2:37:05 PM

The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the Jamaica report on the implementation of this treaty in the framework of the Fourth Round of Review of the Mechanism, during its Twenty-Fourth Meeting held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, D.C.

The report provides a review of oversight bodies in Jamaica with the responsibility for the prevention, detection, punishment and eradication of acts of corruption. In this regard, the report examines the Office of the Contractor General; the Integrity Commission; the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, and the Auditor General’s Department...
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Kazakhstan Envoy calls on Bahamas Ambassador Rahming - Sep 9, 2014 - 12:58:06 PM

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NEW YORK - Ambassador Kairat Abdrakhmanov (right), Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, recently paid a courtesy call on H.E. Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United Nations and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the Organisation of American States (OAS).

The two envoys discussed a broad range of issues aimed at furthering and deepening cooperation between the two countries. High on the agenda was the impending signing of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries, possible internship opportunities for Bahamians to study renewable energy in Kazakhstan, and the benefits of strengthening both countries' blue and green economies...
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OAS Roundtable Discusses Drug Problem in the Americas and the Challenges of Reducing Incarceration - Sep 8, 2014 - 8:23:23 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) today held its policy 60th Roundtable entitled "Multisectoral Perspectives on the Drug Problem in the Americas: The Challenges of Reducing Incarceration" on the eve of the celebration of the Special General Assembly that will be held in Guatemala on September 19, and whose central theme is "For a Hemispheric Drug Policy in the Twenty-first Century".

This debate on drug policy in the region started with the report prepared by the OAS on the Drugs Problem in the Americas, led by the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, and presented 18 months ago to the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos. The report responded to a mandate from the VI Summit of the Americas that took place in Cartagena, Colombia, in April 2012...
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OAS Permanent Council Urged Haiti to Hold Overdue Elections and Convened a Special General Assembly on Strategic Vision - Aug 28, 2014 - 8:47:14 AM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today adopted a Declaration calling on the three branches of government of Haiti to comply with the agreement knows as El Rancho and to call legislative and municipal elections by the end of 2014, and also convened a Special General Assembly on the Strategic Vision for the Organization to be held on Friday, September 12.

The Chair of the Permanent Council and Representative of Saint Lucia, Ambassador Sonia Johnny, said the Declaration on Haiti supports “the efforts of a member state to be able to hold elections in accordance with the terms of its constitution and with other agreements."
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OAS Launches Virtual Course on Open Government for Public Officials in the Americas - Aug 25, 2014 - 5:01:36 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) will launch, on Tuesday, August 26, the virtual course "Strategies for Open Government in the Americas" for 217 officials from the region, in order to enable them to implement strategies for the consolidation of more participatory, transparent and open government.

The course will last seven weeks, and although it is aimed at public officials, it is open to the general public.

Taught from the Virtual Campus of the Department for Effective Public Management of the Secretariat for Political Affairs of the OAS, the course has the support of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the...
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OAS Secretary General Sends Condolences to Saint Lucia on the Passing of Judge Suzie D'Auvergne - Aug 20, 2014 - 5:23:15 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today sent a letter of condolences to the Government and people of Saint Lucia expressing his solidarity for the passing on August 18, of Judge Suzie D 'Auvergne, member of the Administrative Tribunal of the Organization.

In the letter, addressed to the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Kenny Anthony, Secretary General Insulza said that Judge D'Auvergne "lived an exemplary life in the public service and was a leader in promoting access to justice and the rule of law in Saint Lucia and the Caribbean." He also recalled that the OAS "recognized her distinguished career and commitment to justice with her election in 2009 and re-election 2014 as a member of the Administrative Tribunal where she played an important role in ...
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