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OAS Members Call for Cease Fire and End to the Violence in Gaza - Jul 24, 2014 - 5:10:44 PM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), during the regular meeting held Wednesday, heard the positions of member states and the Secretary General of the institution, José Miguel Insulza, on the escalation of violence in Gaza, which has claimed more than 700 lives to this point.

The representatives, who read the official positions of their governments, and Secretary General Insulza, mentioned the need for an immediate cease fire, an end to the violence that fundamentally affects innocent civilians, and support for the measures of the United Nations.
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Haitian Minister of Culture advises on 6th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Culture - Jul 23, 2014 - 11:16:08 AM

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The Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the Organization of American States (OAS), chaired by the Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago, Neil Parsan, today hosted the Minister of Culture of Haiti, Monique Rocourt, who made a presentation on the process of preparations for the Sixth Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Culture, to be held in Port au Prince on August 12-13.

Minister Rocourt said her country would like for the Declaration of Port-au-Prince –which will be negotiated at the ministerial meeting- to be adopted by consensus and to reflect the commitment of the nations of the Hemisphere to the promotion of culture. "I anticipate that the statement should reflect the intrinsic value of culture as something unique and inseparable, and therefore should be a driving element of the process of economic development by strengthening identity as a factor in social inclusion and the fight against poverty through the creation of income," she said...
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OAS Participates in Inauguration of First National Meeting of Judicial Facilitators of Honduras - Jul 14, 2014 - 10:31:12 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) participated today in the inauguration of the First National Meeting of Judicial Facilitators of Honduras, where he highlighted the role played by the program of the hemispheric institution in the region in increasing the trust in judicial systems and improving democratic governance.

Secretary General Insulza said the Inter-American Program of Judicial Facilitators is one of the most successful of the OAS, because it addresses the problem of the lack of access to justice that is suffered by many citizens in the region, particularly in rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, which affects the credibility of the institutions of the state, limits the exercise of human rights, and affects the conditions of citizen security...
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OAS Sends Condolences to Belize on the passing of Ambassador Alfredo Martínez - Jul 11, 2014 - 11:08:11 AM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, offered his condolences today, on his behalf and that of the institution he leads, to Belize on the passing of Ambassador Alfredo Martínez, who represented Belize in the conversations that the OAS facilitated with Guatemala over the territorial differendum between the two countries.

In a letter to the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, Secretary General Insulza communicated to the people and government of the country his “heartfelt condolences on the untimely passing of this great son of Belize." “Alfredo was no ordinary public servant,” said the OAS leader, who recalled the numerous public offices held by Martínez in the course of his long career, among them those of Senator, Minister of Trade and Ambassador to Guatemala...
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Trinidad and Tobago Welcomes First Group of Graduates from Pilot Drug Treatment Court, with Support from the OAS - Jul 11, 2014 - 11:03:40 AM

The first group of participants in Trinidad and Tobago’s Drug Treatment Court (DTC) program, part of the Drug Treatment Courts for the Americas Initiative of the Organization of American States (OAS), today completed the program after meeting rigorous treatment and legal requirements.

The graduation ceremony for the group of five participants, which took place this afternoon at the Hilton Hotel in Port of Spain, represents the culmination of a nearly three-year effort in the development and implementation of the DTC model. The OAS, through its Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) has worked with Trinidad and Tobago, providing technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation in order to fully understand the efficacy of the pilot program as the country and region consider expansion of the model based on positive results.
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OAS Pays Tribute to Former Haitian President Lesly Manigat - Jul 10, 2014 - 12:35:23 PM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today appointed a committee to consider the resolution to be sent to the Special General Assembly on drugs to be held on September 19 in Antigua, Guatemala, re-elected the Permanent Representative of Mexico to chair the Working Group on Strategic Vision of the hemispheric institution, and paid  tribute to former Haitian President Lesly Manigat, who recently passed away.

In the corresponding point on the agenda, the Council decided to form a Working Group to consider the proposed resolution for the Special General Asembly to be held in Guatemala City. The event is convened for the purpose of implementing the provisions of the "Declaration of Antigua Guatemala: “For a Comprehensive Policy Against the World Drug Problem in the Americas , approved at the Annual General Assembly in 2013...
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Trinidad and Tobago Assumes Chair of the OAS Inter-American Council for Integral Development - Jul 10, 2014 - 11:19:11 AM

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The Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Neil Parsan, assumed today the Chair of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the institution, at a ceremony during which the importance of advancing in a development agenda that responds to the changing needs and particularities of the countries of the region was highlighted.

The leadership of the Inter-American Council was received from the Permanent Representative of Bolivia, Ambassador Diego Pary, whose work was focused on enhancing the analytical dialogue between countries on the Organization’s development agenda. Upon handing over the leadership of CIDI, Ambassador Pary recalled that in the last six months, “it was possible to reflect on important themes that allowed progress in consolidating the CIDI as a central organ of the Organization.
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Saint Lucia Assumes Chair of the OAS Permanent Council - Jul 4, 2014 - 12:44:24 PM

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The Permanent Representative of Saint Lucia to the Organization of American States (OAS), Sonia Merlyn Johnny, today assumed the Chair of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric Organization, held during the previous period by Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Upon receiving the gavel that represents the Council's authority from her predecessor, the Ambassador of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Jacinth Lorna Henry-Martin, Ambassador Johnny noted that chairing the Council for the next three months represents a "high honor and great responsibility" for her and her country, and highlighted the importance having a woman lead the body once again. "For us, females in the Caribbean, in some places the ceiling of leadership is sometimes pushed very high.”..
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OAS and President of Haiti Discuss Elections and Action Plan to Register Haitian Migrants in the Dominican Republic - Jun 26, 2014 - 12:30:33 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today received the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, who reiterated his firm commitment to hold elections on October 26 of this year, in accordance with the political agreements made with other political forces in his country.

During the meeting, President Martelly explained that he has taken the necessary steps to make certain that these elections are held and requested the support of the OAS to ensure that the electoral process complies with all due guarantees. In addition, he asked the Secretary General to send an Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) to the elections, in which Haitians will choose 20 Senators, 112 Deputies, and local authorities...
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Haiti Signs Conventions against Racism and Discrimination at the OAS - Jun 25, 2014 - 7:09:49 PM

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Haiti, Duly Brutus, today signed the Inter-American Agreement against Racism, Racial Discrimination and related forms of Intolerance and the Inter-American Convention against all forms of discrimination, in the presence of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly.

Foreign Minister Brutus expressed the great satisfaction of his country at signing both conventions. “Haiti was the pioneering country in fighting against the colonial slavery system,” recalled the chief of Haitian diplomacy.

The Haitian Foreign Minister said that by signing both agreements his country puts itself at the forefront of the fight against racism and racial...
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OAS Secretary General Receives President of Haiti - Jun 25, 2014 - 11:14:34 AM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today received the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, in his office in Washington DC.

During the meeting, the Secretary General and President Martelly discussed the advances made in the Caribbean country, the preparations for the 2015 General Assembly of the Organization, to be held in Haiti, and the current regional political context.

Also present at the meeting were the Foreign Minister of Haiti, Duly Brutus; the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Albert Ramdin...
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OAS and Florida International University Sign Scholarship Agreement - Jun 24, 2014 - 6:51:37 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) today signed an agreement with Florida International University (FIU) that will enable students from the Western Hemisphere to apply for scholarships in undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs at the institution based in Miami.

The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, said that with the understanding with FIU, there are now 41 U.S. universities that have educational agreements with the hemispheric institution. "The five-year agreement with FIU will offer ten partial scholarships to doctoral students and an unlimited number of partial scholarships to undergraduate and master’s degree students," said the Secretary General.
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Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister addresses OAS Regular Session - Jun 6, 2014 - 5:15:34 AM

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ASUNCION, Paraguay (June 4) -- Published reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation in The Bahamas were bought to the attention of Organization of American States (OAS) today by Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell in his address to the 44th regular session of the General Assembly of the OAS currently being held in Asunción, Paraguay, from June 3 to 5, 2014.

“The Bahamas wishes to underscore the most worthy principles of this Organization, as expressed in the OAS Charter: that international law is the standard of conduct of States, the primacy of sovereignty, maintenance of territorial integrity, freedom from undue external intrusion and influence, safeguarding the rights of our citizens, and a reaffirmation of the importance of good faith for relations...”
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Mitchell says issue of inclusive development is central to Economic and social objectives of Bahamas Government - Jun 5, 2014 - 2:09:53 PM

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ASUNCION, Paraguay – Fred Mitchell, Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, today told fellow delegates attending the Organization of American States (OAS) 44th regular session of the general assembly in Asuncion, Paraguay, that the issue of inclusive development is central to the economic and social objectives of the Bahamas Government, particularly given the lingering effects of the global recession which left as vestiges significant unemployment and underemployment across the hemisphere.

“We are aware that a narrow obsession on simply growing the economic pie is counterintuitive to the equality demanded by our citizenry and that such tunnel-vision often produces externalities that offset the gains of increased economic growth,” Mr. Mitchell said. “Our focus, therefore, has been on growing the economic pie alongside ensuring that as many of our citizens benefit from this growth.”...
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Dominican Republic OAS Ambassador Delivers Law 169-14 to Secretary General Insulza - Jun 2, 2014 - 2:41:48 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today received the Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to the institution, Pedro Vergés, who delivered the text of the "Law 169-14 which establishes a special regime for people born in the national territory irregularly registered in the Dominican Civil Registry and on naturalization," enacted by President Danilo Medina on May 23, 2014.

Secretary General Insulza expressed his gratitude and recognized the great efforts taken by the government of President Medina to remedy the problems created by the ruling of the Tribunal Court TC/0168/13. Insulza expressed his hope that the law and other measures adopted on the issue will open a path so that all people affected can find a dignified place in Dominican society...
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Germany Donates 2 Million Euros in Technical Assistance to the OAS for Environmental Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean - May 30, 2014 - 6:46:06 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza, today met with the Permanent Representative of Germany to the OAS, Peter Wittig, whose government donated two million euros in technical assistance to the hemispheric institution for the protection of the climate and biodiversity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Secretary General Insulza thanked Ambassador Wittig for the donation from the German government which will take the form of the personnel and inputs through the National Meteorology Institute of Germany, to jointly implement a project with the OAS on the previously mentioned issues...

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OAS Permanent Council elevates draft resolutions to the General Assembly of Asunción - May 28, 2014 - 11:59:48 AM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today approved the elevation of several draft resolutions to the General Assembly of the institution, to be held from June 3 to 5 in Asunción, Paraguay.

In the last regular meeting before the event in Asunción, the Council agreed to elevate to the Assembly draft resolutions previously approved by its General Committee, Committee on Inter-American Summits Management and Civil Society Participation in OAS Activities (CISC), and on Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP) and Hemispheric Security, as well as open resolutions destined for the General Committee of the Assembly...
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OAS mission praises electoral progress and laments high abstention rate - May 26, 2014 - 9:38:03 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Colombia, led by former Costa Rican President José María Figueres, deployed 64 observers who visited 398 voting centers in 24 of the country’s departments and the Capital District to observe Sunday’s presidential elections.

During the weeks leading up to the voting, the Mission’s experts observed key aspects of the electoral process in detail, including electoral organization and technology, campaign financing, voting abroad, election-related crimes, and dispute resolution. The Chief of Mission, appointed to the task by OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, held meetings with the various actors in the electoral process to get a comprehensive overview of these elections. The Mission’s observations will be presented in a report designed to contribute, in the medium and long term, to strengthening the electoral process in Colombia...
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OAS Mission to the elections in Colombia visited voting centers - May 25, 2014 - 5:08:38 PM

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The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) that is observing the presidential election in Colombia, composed of 64 observers, today visited more than 120 voting centers in 24 departments and the Capital District.

The Chief of Mission, José María Figueres, visited voting centers in Bogotá, where he observed the casting of ballots. In his visits, he was accompanied by the Secretary for Political Affairs of the OAS, Kevin Casas-Zamora, the Director for Electoral Cooperation and Observation, Gerardo De Icaza, and the Deputy Chief of Mission, Alejandro Urizar...
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OAS Holds Roundtable on Political Implications of Economic Growth in the Americas - May 22, 2014 - 12:05:25 PM

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Political and economic experts from the region today highlighted the importance of social inclusion policies to address successfully the coming years in which Latin America will see slower economic growth, during the 58th Policy Roundtable of the Organization of American States (OAS) held at the headquarters of the Organization in Washington DC, under the title “The End of the Affair? The Political Implications of Economic Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2014-2019.”

The Director of the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Alejandro Werner said that Latin America will grow at a slower pace than in the last decade. This is due in part to slower growth in China and India which will have an impact on the price of commodities; and also, to the improved performance of the United States economy, which will lead to a rise in interest rates in the long term, and will lead to more expensive financing terms for the economies of the region...
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