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
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.
Haitian Minister of Culture advises on 6th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Culture
- Jul 23, 2014 - 11:16:08 AM
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...
OAS Participates in Inauguration of First National Meeting of Judicial Facilitators of Honduras
- Jul 14, 2014 - 10:31:12 PM
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
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...
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.
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
OAS Pays Tribute to Former Haitian President Lesly Manigat
- Jul 10, 2014 - 12:35:23 PM
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.
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...
Trinidad and Tobago Assumes Chair of the OAS Inter-American Council for Integral Development
- Jul 10, 2014 - 11:19:11 AM
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.
Saint Lucia Assumes Chair of the OAS Permanent Council
- Jul 4, 2014 - 12:44:24 PM
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.
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.”..
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
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.
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
Haiti Signs Conventions against Racism and Discrimination at the OAS
- Jun 25, 2014 - 7:09:49 PM
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
The Haitian Foreign Minister said that by signing both agreements his
country puts itself at the forefront of the fight against racism and
OAS Secretary General Receives President of Haiti
- Jun 25, 2014 - 11:14:34 AM
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
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...
OAS and Florida International University Sign Scholarship Agreement
- Jun 24, 2014 - 6:51:37 PM
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.
Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister addresses OAS Regular Session
- Jun 6, 2014 - 5:15:34 AM
(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.
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...”
Mitchell says issue of inclusive development is central to Economic and social objectives of Bahamas Government
- Jun 5, 2014 - 2:09:53 PM
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.”...
Dominican Republic OAS Ambassador Delivers Law 169-14 to Secretary General Insulza
- Jun 2, 2014 - 2:41:48 PM
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...
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
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...
OAS Permanent Council elevates draft resolutions to the General Assembly of Asunción
- May 28, 2014 - 11:59:48 AM
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...
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.
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...
OAS Mission to the elections in Colombia visited voting centers
- May 25, 2014 - 5:08:38 PM
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.
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...
OAS Holds Roundtable on Political Implications of Economic Growth in the Americas
- May 22, 2014 - 12:05:25 PM
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
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...