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OAS Hosts Hemispheric Dialogue on Disaster Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change - Nov 27, 2014 - 11:50:58 AM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) today hosted at its headquarters in Washington DC, the Third Hemispheric Meeting of the Inter-American Network for Disaster Mitigation (INDM), gathered under the theme “Integrating Disaster Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Development Agenda,” with the objective of sharing among member states experiences and practices to address the impact of natural phenomena and other types of emergencies.

The event, coordinated by the Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS, looks to promote opportunities for horizontal cooperation and greater collaboration between OAS member states and the agencies of the Inter-American System and that of the United Nations. The debates were divided in three discussion panels, made up of various specialists on the management, mitigation and prevention of risks, especially those associated with natural phenomena...
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Inter-American Committee on Natural Disaster Reduction Divides Tasks among Members in Meeting at the OAS - Nov 26, 2014 - 1:26:03 PM

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The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, today presided over a meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Natural Disaster Reduction (IACNDR), on behalf of the Chair of the Committee and Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, at which members established a new division of labor.

The members of the Committee signed an Aide Memoire in which they reaffirmed their commitment to the body, as the main forum of the Inter-American System for the development of a strategic approach and coordinated action in matters of disaster risk management. Moreover the document established the following division of the labors of the Committee: the Sub-committee for disaster preparedness and response and humanitarian assistance will be led by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)...
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OAS Hosts Regional Consultation of United Nations System “Toward the Global Humanitarian Summit” - Nov 26, 2014 - 1:19:31 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) today hosted at its headquarters in Washington DC, a regional consultation of the United Nations system under the title “Toward the Global Humanitarian Summit,” as part of the preparatory process for the Summit that will be held in 2016 in Turkey, which seeks to strengthen capacity and coordination of the international mechanisms for humanitarian assistance.

Representing the General Secretariat of the OAS, the Director of the Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS, Cletus Springer explained the mandates that the member states have given the Organization to support national efforts in assistance in disasters.
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Sustainability Week begins at the OAS with Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development - Nov 25, 2014 - 8:33:18 PM

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The Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today launched the "OAS Sustainability Week" as part of its regular meeting, with a presentation by the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, followed by a discussion and presentations from invited experts on the construction of more resilient cities and communities and in greater harmony with the environment.

Introducing the meeting, the Chair of CIDI and Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the OAS, Ambassador Neil Parsan, explained that "‘Sustainability Week” at the OAS includes a series of events that seek to promote the coordination of actions and to facilitate exchange of knowledge, lessons learned and good practices in disaster risk reduction in the Americas...
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OAS Addresses Issues of Migration and Identification - Nov 25, 2014 - 5:50:20 PM

The XI Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Council of Civil Registration, Identity and Vital Statistics (CLARCIEV), coordinated by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Civil Registry of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama, brought together representatives of 16 countries leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss progress in increasing registration in the region and successful experiences in delivering better services of registration and identification for all citizens.

The theme for the XI Meeting, managed by the Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas (PUICA) within the OAS, was: “Identification in Regional Migration: A Latin American Challenge.” In the keynote address and panel discussions, participants heard presentations on migration trends...
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OAS Calls on Member States to Sign and Ratify the Inter-American Convention to Facilitate Disaster Assistance - Nov 25, 2014 - 4:18:00 PM

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The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, called today on member states of the institution that have not yet done so, to sign and ratify the Inter-American Convention to Facilitate Disaster Assistance, during the inauguration of the Third Hemispheric Meeting of the Inter-American Network for Disaster Mitigation (INDM),"Integrating Disaster Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Development Agenda," held at the headquarters of the hemispheric Organization in Washington, DC.

Ambassador Ramdin noted that only six OAS member states have so far ratified the Convention and called on those countries that have not signed or ratified it to "begin this process as soon as possible."
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OAS on the Occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:05:31 PM

Secretary General Insulza Calls on the Region to Redouble Efforts for Gender Equality on the Occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, called on the countries in the region to redouble their efforts to end gender-based violence and exploitation, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women."Despite significant progress, much remains to be done. The life, security and integrity of the majority of women and girls in the Americas are consistently threatened and at risk from violence, exploitation and trafficking," said Secretary General Insulza.
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OAS Secretary General Congratulates U.S. President on Immigration Measures - Nov 21, 2014 - 3:32:06 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, welcomed the initiative announced November 20th by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, that benefits nearly five million undocumented people, and said “this is the fruit of the struggle they have carried forward for years to achieve a migratory status that distances them from illegality and brings them closer to a life of dignity in this country.”

Secretary General Insulza highlighted “the courage of the U.S. executive, who decided to move forward toward a fair goal that did not deserve to be further postponed.” He added that, with this action, “President Obama recognizes the contribution that these millions of workers make every day to the greatness of the United States, and the need to normalize their presence in the country.”
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OAS wants more Bahamian scholarship seekers - Nov 20, 2014 - 1:02:46 AM

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Development, Education and Employment Department (DHDEE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) met with Bahamian stakeholders to apprise them of increased education and training opportunities for Bahamians through the expanded scholarship programs offered by the OAS. The meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday November 17.

Led by DHDEE coordinator for the partnership program, Juliete Mallet Phillip, the group also discussed ways to improve on the relatively low level of Bahamian participation in the myriad of scholarship opportunities provided by the OAS...

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OAS Urges Giving Young Offenders a Path to Reintegration at Launch of Program in Jamaica - Nov 20, 2014 - 2:36:32 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, highlighted the importance of providing young offenders a path to reintegrate into their communities, in his address at the launch of the Project “A New Path: Promoting a Healthy Environment and Productive Alternatives for Juvenile Remandees and Offenders in Jamaica,” held in Kingston at the Ministry of National Security on Wednesday evening.

The Project, implemented by the OAS and the Trust of the Americas, with resources from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), seeks to help young remandees and offenders to return to wider society to play a productive role, either through returning to school or entering the workplace...
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OAS and UNEP Sign Agreement on Environmental Rule of Law and Sustainable Development - Nov 20, 2014 - 2:30:29 PM

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The Organization of American States and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in fostering respect for environmental laws and sustainable development, in a ceremony that took place in the context of the Global South-South Development Expo of the United Nations, taking place at this week at OAS headquarters in Washington DC.

Representing OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, his Chief of Staff Hugo De Zela signed the document, highlighting that “it is a welcome coincidence that the event is taking place in a global forum that is focusing on scaling up cooperation for sustainable development and in a panel that has discussed innovation for the green economy, neither of which is possible without adherence to the Rule of Law...
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OAS to Elect the Next Secretary General on March 18, 2015 - Nov 19, 2014 - 6:32:23 PM

The member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) will elect its next Secretary General on March 18, 2015, as determined today by the Permanent Council in a special meeting at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC.

The election will take place at a Special General Assembly, which will be formally convened shortly. The current Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, who took office in May 2005, ends his term officially on 25 May 2015. According to the OAS Charter, the Secretary General “shall be elected by the General Assembly for a five-year term and may not be reelected...
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OAS and the United States to Train Judges and Magistrates of the Southern Cone in Legal Cooperation Against Cyber Crime - Nov 15, 2014 - 3:41:00 AM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the United States government will hold on November 18-20, 2014 in Asuncion, Paraguay, a Regional Cyber Crime Training Workshop on legal cooperation against cyber crime focused on the Southern Cone countries.

The event, promoted and conducted by the OAS Department of Legal Cooperation and the United States Department of Justice, through its Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) will bring together judges from Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, and will provide participants with training related to the scope and content of international conventions and provisions on cyber crime...
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OAS Permanent Council Holds Special Meeting to Debate “Diplomacy, Development and Governance” - Nov 12, 2014 - 6:00:22 PM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) met today in the framework of a special meeting to hear presentations from experts in international relations and telecommunications on the topic of “Diplomacy, development, and governance,” which were followed by deliberations by the representatives of the member countries on the importance of these issues in the context of the work being done to formulate and structure a new Strategic Vision for the OAS.

The Chair of the Permanent Council and Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the OAS, La Celia Prince, opened the meeting by setting out her intention that the discussion “should serve to reinforce and promote the opportunity for this Organization to be a pioneer of a new diplomacy...
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Dominica Celebrates 36 years of Independence at the OAS - Nov 10, 2014 - 8:32:54 PM

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Dominica hosted by the Permanent Representative of the country to the OAS, Ambassador Hubert Charles. This year’s celebration was focused on the theme "Our nation, our responsibility," promoted by the government of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit as a call to deepen the contribution that each citizen can make to the country's development.

During the event, Secretary General José Miguel Insulza highlighted the broad historical and cultural legacy that characterizes the Caribbean country and the leadership it has shown in the context of its participation in the OAS through Ambassador Charles as well as the role the country plays within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
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Bahamian Educators Benefit from OAS Opportunities - Nov 6, 2014 - 1:50:42 AM

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Today, educators who participated in a 126-hour professional development course during Summer 2014 paid a courtesy call to OAS Bahamas and received their certificates for successfully completing the OAS International Intel Project Based Learning Course.

Educators, who were scholarship recipients for the course, shined as they represented the Bahamas among more than 30 participants from more than 20 other OAS countries in the web-based course.

The course which focused on using specific classroom scenarios, which allowed teachers to explore characteristics and benefits of Project- Based Learning (PBL) in 21st century classrooms. Throughout the course, teachers reviewed their current integration of ICT and consider methods to...
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OAS Urges US and Latin America to Focus on Addressing their Common Agenda: Democracy, Human Rights, Prosperity, Immigration and Security - Nov 5, 2014 - 10:25:42 AM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS ), José Miguel Insulza, called on the United States and Latin America to accept their diversity and focus their efforts on "developing a common agenda for the region that all its leaders can accept" which would include democracy, human rights and citizens well-being, immigration and security.

“The issues of this agenda are well known, as they have been mentioned several times. What we need is the political will to deal with them together,” said Secretary General Insulza at a conference on the highs and lows of this relationship which he delivered at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC...
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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 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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