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Haiti withdraws offer to host OAS XLV General Assembly - Feb 27, 2015 - 3:48:01 PM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) took note today of the notification of the withdrawal of its offer to host the XLV General Assembly of the Organization due to “financial and logistical constraints” currently experienced by the Government of Haiti, as expressed by the country´s Foreign Minister, Duly Brutus, in a letter sent to the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza.

The Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Suriname to the Organization, Niermala Badrising, informed the representatives of the situation and reported that the discussion on the new site will be on the agenda of the next meeting of the Permanent Council...
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Democracies Must Guarantee the Full Exercise of the Political Rights of Women - Feb 26, 2015 - 12:55:15 AM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today inaugurated the Round Table “Political Violence against Women: a Hemispheric Challenge,” with a speech in which he recalled that democracies face the challenge of guaranteeing the full and effective political participation of women. “Today we are united by the effort to achieve the growth of democracy in the region in its deepest meaning: that of the real exercise of the rights and effective political participation of the women of our Hemisphere,” he said.

The leader of the hemispheric institution opened his address recalling the leadership positions exercised to this point by women in the region, their broad legislative participation and the progress made in parity laws. However, he warned that many countries have not reached 20% participation by women in their legislatures and that in others...
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Commission of Women of the OAS Debated Political Violence Against Women in the Hemisphere - Feb 25, 2015 - 11:14:41 PM

The Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today organized a Roundtable discussion titled "Political Violence Against Women: A Hemispheric Challenge," as part of the activities commemorating Women's Day of the Americas, held on February 18, and International Women's Day, on March 8.

The event was inaugurated by the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza; the Minister of Women of Costa Rica and Chair of the Inter-American Commission of Women, Alejandra Mora; the OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security (SMS), Adam Blackwell; and the Alternate Representative of the Permanent Mission of Canada to the OAS, Brett Alexander Maitland. At the conclusion of the event, the Executive Secretary of the CIM, Carmen Moreno, described the...
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OAS Policy Roundtable Discussed the Regional Agenda to Promote Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - Feb 24, 2015 - 9:27:29 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) today hosted its 65th Policy Roundtable entitled "Regional Agenda for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Look into the Future," with the aim of promoting a dialogue to analyze the implications of public policies, progress in implementing the Protocol of San Salvador, and its inclusion in the discussion of the post-2015 development agenda.

The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, said the Hemisphere must pool its efforts to reduce its social differences, and warned that inequality is a threat to democracy. "The debt of the region in terms of poverty, inequality and social exclusion, as well the citizen demand for social, economic and political equality, points to...
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Carmichael Road Detention Center Report by the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights‏ - Feb 20, 2015 - 5:21:23 PM

The following is the report on the Carmichael Detention Center in Nassau, Bahamas by the Organization of the American States Inter-American Commission on Human Rights:

On December 30, 2014, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter "the Inter-American Commission", "the Commission" or "IACHR") received a request for precautionary measures submitted by the Caribbean Institute for Human Rights, the International Human Rights Clinic of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (hereinafter "the applicants"), requesting that the Commission require the Commonwealth of The Bahamas...
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OAS Expresses Condolences to Haiti over Accident at Carnival Festivities - Feb 18, 2015 - 4:36:59 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, expressed his deepest sympathies and solidarity to the Government and people of Haiti over the tragic and horrible accident that marred this morning’s carnival festivities. According to the Haitian authorities, at least 16 people were confirmed dead and 78 were injured.

In doing so, he was joined by Assistant Secretary General and President of the Group of Friends of Haiti, Albert Ramdin, who learned “with great sadness and distress" of this morning’s tragedy...
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OAS Group Notes Electoral Developments in Haiti - Feb 15, 2015 - 11:49:21 AM

The Group of Friends of Haiti at the Organization of American States (OAS) met this week at the headquarters of the institution in Washington, DC under the Chairmanship of OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin.

During the meeting, Ambassador Ramdin, the Permanent Representative of Haiti to the OAS, Bocchit Edmond, and representatives from other member states, observers, and international organizations discussed the status of democratic processes in Haiti including a report on the anticipated timeline for the new electoral calendar.
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OAS Hosts Dialogue with Civil Society and Social Actors in Preparation for the Seventh Summit of the Americas - Feb 7, 2015 - 7:23:06 AM

The Organization of American States (OAS) today organized a series of consultations with civil society and social actors with the aim of offering contributions to the Heads of State and Government that will meet in Panama on April 10 and 11 at the Seventh Summit of the Americas. These inputs deal with the central theme of the meeting in Panama City, “Prosperity with Equality: Challenges to Cooperation in the Americas.”

At OAS headquarters in Washington, the Secretary for External Relations of the Organization and Executive Secretary of the Summits Secretariat, Alfonso Quiñonez, inaugurated the dialogue titled “the Road to Panama: Mandates for Action,” expressing his conviction that “The active participation of civil society and social actors in the preparation for a Summit, and during the implementation of its mandates...
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CIM celebrates the Day of the Women of the Americas and the anniversary of its creation in 1928 - Feb 18, 2015 - 9:35:49 PM

Today marks an important milestone in the calendar of the countries of the Americas. Eighty seven years ago the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) was founded. The Commission has grown as the main forum for the promotion of women’s human rights.

The OAS General Assembly, during its tenth period on November, 20th 1982 in Washington, DC declared February 18th as the Day of the Women of the Americas. This date coincides with the creation of the CIM in 1928, “the first official intergovernmental agency created for the achievement of women’s civil and political rights”...
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OAS/EOM in St. Kitts and Nevis Calls on All Actors to Respect the Official Results Announced by Electoral Authorities - Feb 17, 2015 - 5:09:40 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) in St. Kitts and Nevis, led by Ambassador Frank Almaguer, would like to congratulate the citizens of the country for their active participation in yesterday's General Election, reflected in a high voter turnout, and the civil and peaceful exercise of their franchise on Election Day.

The Mission observed that the counting and transmission of results was extremely slow, stemming from a series of procedural difficulties. More than 12 hours after the closing of the polls, there was no information on the outcome of the election, leading to speculation and uncertainty among Kittitians and Nevisians...
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OAS Approves the Plan of Action of the Social Charter of the Americas - Feb 11, 2015 - 8:19:32 PM

The member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) today approved the Plan of Action of the Social Charter of the Americas, which “reflects the member states' determination and commitment to eradicate poverty and hunger and urgently address the serious problems of social exclusion and inequality at all levels to achieve equity, inclusion, and social justice.”

The approval of the Plan is the culmination of a process of nearly 11 years of work. The negotiations over the Social Charter of the Americas , began in 2003 and the document was approved in 2012 during the XLII OAS General Assembly held in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In addition to approving the document, The Ministers of Foreign Affairs at that time instructed the Joint Working Group of the Permanent Council and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI)...
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CONACYT-AMEXCID 2015 Scholarship Program for Students of the Americas - Feb 10, 2015 - 4:41:37 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the government of Mexico today announced the launch of the 2015 edition of its scholarship program for post-graduate studies, under the agreement signed in 2012 by the hemispheric institution, the Council of Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACYT) and the Mexican Agency for Development Cooperation (AMEXCID).

At that time, the institutions undertook to grant, over five years, 500 postgraduate scholarships to students from throughout the region, a figure that was increased last year to 800. The scholarships guarantee fellows room and board, health insurance, substantive tuition discounts and the possibility of research stays in their home countries. Altogether, 392 of these scholarships have already been awarded, of which in 2014, 72 were for doctoral studies, 191 for master´s and nine for...
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OAS Secretary General Highlights Key Role of Education for Economic Growth and Equality - Feb 10, 2015 - 4:01:30 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today highlighted the role of education as a central factor in advancing toward economic development and social equality, during the opening ceremony of the Third University Internationalization Seminar, organized by the hemispheric institution and the Coimbra Group of Brazilian Universities (GCUB) at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC.

Secretary General Insulza noted that to make progress in reducing poverty and inequality and to overcome the title of the world's most unequal region, Latin America and the Caribbean must understand that education "is an engine for integral growth and also for social inclusion and equity...
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OAS Secretary General Stresses the Importance of Trust in International Relations - Feb 4, 2015 - 6:42:25 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today opened the Global Ties 2015 Meeting: "Latin America Dialogue: Strengthening Relationships in the Western Hemisphere through Exchange" with a speech in which he stressed the importance of international cooperation "based on trust, understanding and friendly relations between governments and people."

Secretary General Insulza highlighted the links between the spirit of the meeting’s – focused on promoting dialogue in the region - and at the OAS, where the meeting takes place. "This is a very appropriate place for this dialogue, as this room has been used for over 100 years to foster peaceful democratic discussion and the promotion of..."
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OAS Calls for Greater Integration and Expanding Domestic Markets at Opening of CELAC Summit - Jan 29, 2015 - 11:08:52 AM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, urged the countries of the region to further integrate and to expand their domestic markets to restore the economic growth of the past decade, in his speech today at the opening ceremony of the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Costa Rica.

Secretary General Insulza said that the first challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean today is to restore the growth levels seen in the early twenty-first century, which allowed tens of millions of people to escape from poverty. “Many of the commercial and financial factors that allowed for the expansion of the last decade are no longer present in the global economy,” he warned...
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Chile and Mexico are the First States to Consent to On-Site Visits in Fifth Round of OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism - Jan 28, 2015 - 11:11:06 PM

The governments of Chile and Mexico confirmed to the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) their consent to receive on site visits as part of the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the OAS.

Both countries, the first to formally express their consent, notified the MESICIC Technical Secretariat of their decisions in accordance with the Methodology for Conducting On-site Visits. Both also consented to and received on-site visits during the Fourth Round of Review...
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OAS Secretary General remarks at 3rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) - Jan 28, 2015 - 4:35:42 PM

I would like to thank you first of all, Mr. President, for the hospitality that The Republic of Costa Rica has once again offered us, and for the opportunity to be here again, in this generous land that for many in our region, in our world, is a symbol of peace, democracy tolerance, and justice.

I would also like to thank you for the opportunity to attend this latest meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. In the years that have elapsed since it was founded, CELAC has established itself as an indispensable frame of reference for developing shared policies and our region's role in the world...
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OAS Secretary General Participates in Caribbean Energy Security Summit - Jan 26, 2015 - 11:22:07 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today participated in the Caribbean Energy Security Summit, in which the countries of the Caribbean exchanged ideas on strategies for energy diversification, among other issues.

In his address to the event, Secretary General Insulza highlighted that “over the past 5 years, we have witnessed an unprecedented push by Caribbean leaders and Governments towards the development of their renewable sources.” That commitment is doubly impressive, said the OAS leader, in a time of low oil prices like the present...
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OAS Launches Small Business Development Center Model in Jamaica - Jan 24, 2015 - 3:35:45 AM

The Organization of American States (OAS) today launched the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Model in Jamaica, in a ceremony that took place in Kingston.

The model, organized in partnership with Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, the Caribbean Export Development Agency and the University of Texas at San Antonio, focuses on one-one and long-term assistance to help clients generate sustained economic impact through the establishment of new businesses, job creation...
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OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security Presents Cyber Security Policies at Davos Forum - Jan 22, 2015 - 9:44:15 AM

The Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States (OAS), Adam Blackwell, today presented at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the OAS Cyber Security Program for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, the region in the world where internet access is most rapidly expanding.

In the context of his attendance at the Davos Forum, Secretary Blackwell presented the work the OAS is carrying out with many countries of the region to address the potential hazards posed by new technologies...
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