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OAS Elects New Leadership - Mar 19, 2015 - 3:23:07 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday, March 18, elected a new Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General during a Special General Assembly held at the main building of the OAS on 17th Street, N.W.

Representatives of the 34-member states of the organization elected former Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro as the next Secretary-General during a morning session that continued well into the afternoon and later during the day, they elected His Excellency Nestor Mendez, Belize Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the OAS, as the next Assistant Secretary-General of the hemispheric institution...
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Gomez addresses OAS Committee - Mar 19, 2015 - 5:22:01 AM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Declaring that the Government of The Bahamas is currently working on an Anti-corruption Action Plan which will build on existing initiatives, Minster of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez told a committee of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday, March 17, that the Bahamas Government is aware that the “attainment of values such as morality, trust and ethics in Government involves the integrated effort of the entire society and its constituent elements and institutions – legislative, executive, political, judicial, religious, and civil – all engaging with each other to ensure transparency, accountability, and good governance...”
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OAS Member States Highlight the Importance of Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug Related Offenders - Mar 14, 2015 - 12:48:40 PM

The Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), Paul Simons, this week moderated a debate held in Vienna, Austria, in the framework of the meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) of the United Nations, in which several member states of the OAS emphasized the importance of alternatives to incarceration for drug-related offenses.

During the meeting of high-level officials from Colombia, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States, as well as several OAS observer countries, participants discussed the development and implementation of alternatives to incarceration for drug-related offenders. Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) of the United States; Roberto Campa...
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Haiti withdraws offer to host OAS XLV General Assembly - Feb 27, 2015 - 3:48:01 PM

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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

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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 Begins First Edition of Fellowship on Open Government in the Americas - Mar 24, 2015 - 1:48:29 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) began on Monday the first edition of its OAS Fellowship on Open Government in the Americas, with a meeting that brought together 24 young leaders from 16 countries of the Americas in the U.S. cities of Osprey Point, Maryland and Washington, DC, to debate ideas, exchange experiences and work on projects designed to increase governmental transparency, participation and citizen collaboration.

During this first seminar, which will conclude on March 28, the participants – who come from public administration, the private sector and civil society – will define proposals for projects that they will carry out together in the next phase of the program...
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OAS Secretary General Meets with the President of Haiti - Mar 23, 2015 - 3:09:53 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel insulza, met today with the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, in the context of his official visit to the country.

During the meeting, the two discussed the preparations for the upcoming legislative elections in the country, the importance of the presence of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) during the process, and the issue of migration between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

During his official visit, Secretary General Insulza has also met with the Prime Minister, Evans Paul, and the Minister of Defense...
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Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Suriname Communicate their Consent to Receive On-Site Visits - Mar 23, 2015 - 2:41:20 PM

The governments of Canada, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Suriname confirmed this week 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.

The five countries notified the MESICIC Technical Secretariat of their decisions in accordance with the Methodology for Conducting On-site Visits. The five countries also consented to and received on-site visits during the Fourth Round of Review.
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Defense of Peace and Democracy through Political Dialogue are Principal Assets of the OAS - Mar 21, 2015 - 5:28:37 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, said that maintaining peace and promoting democracy through political dialogue are the cornerstones of the hemispheric institution, Thursday night at the opening of the Washington Area Model United Nations Conference (WAMUNC), in Washington DC.

In his speech, Secretary General Insulza said the OAS is the world's oldest multilateral Organization, and like the other institutions of its kind, its primary mission is to maintain peace through dialogue and cooperation...
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OAS Elected the Ambassador of Belize as the next Assistant Secretary General of the Hemispheric Institution - Mar 20, 2015 - 12:03:05 PM

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The General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) today elected the Permanent Representative of Belize, Ambassador Nestor Mendez, as the next Assistant Secretary General of the hemispheric institution.

The election of Ambassador Mendez took place in a vote in which he obtained 24 votes from the member states, compared with 10 received by the Permanent Representative of Guyana, Bayney Karran. The vote took place following the election of the former Foreign Minister of Uruguay, Luis Almagro to the position of Secretary General, which he will assume on May 26, succeeding the current leader of the hemispheric Organization, José Miguel Insulza. Ambassador Mendez will succeed Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin on July 12...
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Former Foreign Minister of Uruguay elected as the next OAS Secretary General of the Hemispheric Institution - Mar 18, 2015 - 7:15:25 PM

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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay Luis Almagro was today elected by the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) as Secretary General for the next five years, during the XLIX Special General Assembly held this morning at the headquarters of the Organization in Washington DC. In his first speech, Almagro said he would work to ensure that the Organization is guided by the interests of the billion people who inhabit the Americas with pragmatism, the search for unity and solidarity as the pillars of his administration.

The Secretary General-elect of the hemispheric institution announced he will work with all the countries of the region "without exception" and expressed his conviction that "it is time to put an end to unnecessary fragmentations. Beginning on May 26...
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OAS Condemns Attack on Hospital and Killing of Journalists in Guatemala - Mar 13, 2015 - 12:29:58 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today expressed his condemnation of the armed attack that took place outside the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Guatemala City, which left two people dead and 27 injured.

Likewise, he expressed his condemnation of the deaths of two journalists, as a result of an armed attack in a park in Mazatenango, Suchitepequez.

"The violence perpetrated by criminal gangs is always reprehensible," said the Secretary General, adding that he expects a prompt...
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OAS and ORITEL Promote the Integration of People with Disabilities with the "Let's Move the Limits" Campaign - Mar 13, 2015 - 12:00:18 AM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the International Telethon Organization (ORITEL) today launched the "Let's Move the Limits" campaign, at the headquarters of the OAS in Washington, DC, with the objective of promoting the rights of people with disabilities in the region, through simple and direct messages to be broadcast by major television networks in the hemisphere.

The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, said the initiative seeks "the full integration of people with disabilities in all facets of society," which is linked to overarching themes of the Organization he leads, such as "education, leisure and work, in particular inclusive education, community inclusion and the workforce inclusion of people with disabilities..."
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OAS Assistant Secretary General Says Inclusive Governance is Necessary for Prosperity with Equity - Mar 12, 2015 - 4:13:37 PM

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The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, participated last week in Pachuca, Hidalgo State, Mexico in the III Inter-American Conference on “Innovative Experiences for Effective Public Management” and the II Meeting of High-Level Authorities of the Inter-American Cooperation Mechanism for Effective Public Management (MECIGEP), together with Ministers, Deputy Ministers and High-Level Public Management Authorities from OAS member states.

Ambassador Ramdin, said the main challenge for democratic governance is the “exercise of democracy,” and highlighted the importance of modernization of public institutions and capacity building both within and outside public administration. Ramdin said that creating prosperity with equity will not be possible without inclusive governance...
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OAS Organizes Training Course for Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) in the Americas - Mar 9, 2015 - 4:51:32 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) today began a training course on Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) aimed at technical staff responsible for the development and management of CSIRTs from Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, at its headquarters in Washington, DC.

The opening of the event, organized by the Cyber Security Program of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the OAS, with the support of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) and the GEANT Association, included remarks by the Interim Representative of Canada to the OAS, Jennifer Loten...
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