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Insulza ensures on departure that OAS “Much stronger than it was when I arrived” - May 22, 2015 - 5:27:35 PM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) bid farewell today to Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, who expressed pride in the work that has been done in the decade that he has led the hemispheric institution. “The Organization is much stronger now than when I arrived,” he said.

In his last appearance before the Council, Secretary General Insulza reiterated the need for the Organization to adapt to the challenges of the present day, and recalled the essence of his proposal on the Strategic Vision that he presented three years ago, and that the Organization approved last year: the OAS must be “an inclusive Organization, of sovereign and diverse countries, legitimized by democracy, acting on the same hemispheric agenda, in full condition of equality. That is what is demanded of the OAS of the 21st century, far from what was demanded of it during the Cold War.”
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Rahming among those paying tribute to outgoing OAS Secretary General - May 22, 2015 - 3:03:55 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the Organization of American States (OAS), was among those paying tribute to OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza during a Protocolary Meeting of the Permanent Council of the OAS on Friday, May 22, 2015, in the Hall of the Americas at OAS headquarters on 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, to bid farewell to the outgoing Secretary General.

Speaking on behalf of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, Dr. Rahming, who is also The Bahamas’ Ambassador to the United Nations, said that on “occasions such as this, I often reflect on the burdens of true leadership, the responsibility and obligations that come with executive management, the personal and professional sacrifices that often accompany authority, the thanklessness that is often all too common, particularly in respect of public service...”
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OAS Presents Report on Evaluation of Drug Policies in the Countries of the Hemisphere - May 1, 2015 - 1:47:53 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) today presented the 2013-2014 Report of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM), an analysis of drug policies of the member states that highlights the high level of compliance in general with the recommendations of the 2011-2015 Plan of Action of the 2010 Hemispheric Drug Strategy. The presentation took place in the context of the 57th Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) in Washington, DC, that concludes today.

The Report, covering the period from 2013 to mid-2014, presents the results of the Sixth Evaluation Round of the MEM, which is the instrument used by the OAS to measure the progress of actions taken by the member states to address the drug problem in the Hemisphere...
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OAS Secretary General Participates in Forum on Advances in Women´s Rights in the Americas - Apr 11, 2015 - 8:31:07 AM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, participated today in the forum “Progress of Women in the Americas: A critical overview of Beijing +20 and perspectives for the post-2015 development agenda,” together with the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama, Isabel Saint Malo, and the Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean of UN Women, Luiza Carvalho.

In the inauguration of the event, co-organized by the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS and UN Women, Secretary General Insulza highlighted the progress made in the legal and political frameworks regarding women’s´ rights in the Americas and the increase in their participation in labor markets...
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Trinidad and Tobago Assumes Chair of the OAS Permanent Council - Apr 2, 2015 - 10:34:57 PM

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The Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the Organization of American States (OAS), Neil Parsan, today assumed the Chair of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric institution, a position he will hold for the next three months and in which he follows the Ambassador of Suriname, Niermala Badrising.

Upon assuming office, Ambassador Parsan expressed the honor he felt at leading the Permanent Council and reiterated the "commitment of Trinidad and Tobago to the values and principles of the OAS," which he promised to defend during his term.

The diplomat from Trinidad and Tobago recalled that with the new mandate, the countries of the Caribbean countries will have held...
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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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OAS Drug Commission Publishes Report on Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug-Related Offenses - May 22, 2015 - 10:07:52 AM

The Executive Secretariat of the Commission for the Control of Drug Abuse (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today released the technical report on "Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug -Related Offenses," which was presented to members states in its recent 57th regular session.

The report argues that the search for alternatives to incarceration can contribute to achieving at least five core objectives in the hemisphere to more effectively address public health problems associated with illicit drug use and provide a more humane and effective response to drug related crimes...
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Secretary General Insulza Participated in Roundtable on Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug Users - May 8, 2015 - 2:52:01 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, took part today in a roundtable on alternatives to incarceration for drug-related crimes, in the context of the High Level United Nations General Assembly Thematic Debate in preparation for the 2016 Special Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on the World Drug Problem.

Secretary General Insulza presented the position of the Americas on the issue, and said there is concern in nearly all the countries of the Hemisphere as to “how to reduce the pressure on prison populations, adjust the proportionality of sentences, and find other options short of incarceration that respect the human rights of drug users and other people involved in small-scale drug crimes.”
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OAS Permanent Council Received the Report of the Board of External Auditors for 2014 - May 7, 2015 - 3:36:37 PM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today received the annual report of the Board of External Auditors for 2014, which includes recommendations on administrative, budgetary and modernization aspects to improve the management of the Organization.

The report presented by the Chair of the Board of Auditors and General Comptroller of the Republic of Ecuador, Carlos R. Pólit, outlines ten specific recommendations related to the definition of a budget that considers the operational and strategic needs of the Organization; the timely payment of quotas by member states; introducing measures...
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OAS Anti-Drug Commission Opened its Biannual Meeting Highlighting Advances in the Americas - Apr 30, 2015 - 5:42:40 PM

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The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) began today in Washington, DC its 57th Regular Session, in which member states will discuss the status of the problem of drugs in the hemisphere, debate progress made in the reports of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM), and reflect on issues related to alternatives to incarceration, networks for assets forfeiture from drug trafficking, the challenge of new psychoactive substances and policies aimed at the decriminalization of drug use, among others.

The meeting, chaired by the Minister of Interior of Guatemala, Hector Mauricio Lopez Bonilla, who serves as Chair of CICAD, was opened by the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, who praised the work that is underway in the framework of the CICAD..
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OAS Member States Begin Negotiations on the New Hemispheric Plan of Action on Drugs 2016 - 2020 - Apr 27, 2015 - 7:18:51 PM

The member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) today began their work to prepare the 2016 – 2020 Plan of Action of the Hemispheric Drug Strategy, a document with which they seek to address the main hemispheric challenges on the issue of drugs, considering its causes, the available scientific evidence and the particular context in each country.

The first meeting of the Working Group for the Elaboration of the Plan of Action 2016 takes place this week within the framework of the 57th Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).
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Trust for the Americas of the OAS Launches “DIA” Initiative to Promote Innovation in Vulnerable Communities - Apr 13, 2015 - 11:16:47 AM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today signed a letter of intent to support the initiative “DIA – Democratizing Innovation in the Americas”- together with representatives of CAF, Microsoft, AES Corporation, and the Seattle International Foundation, in a ceremony that took place in the framework of the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama.

The signing ceremony included the participation of the Executive President of the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), Enrique García; the Secretary for External Relations of the OAS, Alfonso Quiñonez; the Director for International Organizations for Microsoft Latin America, Pedro Julio Uribe; and the Executive Director of The Trust for the Americas, Linda Eddleman...
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OAS Welcomes the Birth of a New Era of Inter-American Relations - Apr 12, 2015 - 9:52:08 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today welcomed during the inauguration of the Seventh Summit of the Americas the new era of “dialogue, respect for freedom, inclusion and cooperation” that has begun with the meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the Hemisphere taking place today and tomorrow in Panama,
a “historic moment” in which for the first time the 35 independent nations of the Hemisphere are represented.

“Sometimes, in real life, our simultaneous commitments toward respecting sovereign equality, full inclusion, and respect for democracy and human rights pose dilemmas that are difficult to resolve. But intervention, exclusion, political repression, and confrontation are no longer acceptable or useful in inter-American relations..."
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The Organization of American States on Pan American Day and Week - Apr 12, 2015 - 6:41:53 PM

On the occasion of Pan American Day, celebrated on April 14, and Pan American Week, from April 12-18, the Organization of American States (OAS) reiterates its strong political commitment to uniting our Americas to achieve peace, prosperity, justice and democracy.

That commitment to come together has just been demonstrated at our Summit of the Americas, held on April 10 and 11 in the center of our Hemisphere, in Panama. The Summit process not only brings together political leaders of our countries but our businesses, civil society groups and social actors in a spirit of sharing ideas, finding areas for cooperation and airing our differences through peaceful discourse...
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Seventh Summit of the Americas Concludes in Panama - Apr 12, 2015 - 12:40:32 PM

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The Seventh Summit of the Americas, the first in history that included representatives of the 35 independent countries of the Hemisphere, concluded today in Panama City, Panama following addresses by the 27 Heads of State and Government, five Foreign Ministers and three Permanent Representatives to the OAS.

The first plenary session included the presentation of the host, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, and the presence of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, included addresses by 14 Heads of State.
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OAS Commends Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs for Advancing Goals of the VII Summit of the Americas: “Prosperity with Equity” - Apr 12, 2015 - 12:37:06 PM

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Speaking to more than 400 youth participants and entrepreneurs, including 40 young Cubans participating for the first time, at the Opening of the IV Youth Forum of the Americas, the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Albert Ramdin, recognized the high level of innovation, creativity, and leadership that young people brought to the Summit of the Americas.

Ambassador Ramdin applauded the talent and enthusiasm of the group of young entrepreneurs. “I believe your hard work, business ideas and proposals demonstrate your level of commitment to the future development of your countries,” he said...
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First Plenary Session of the Summit of the Americas Witnessed Historic Presence of Cuba - Apr 12, 2015 - 12:34:59 PM

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The first plenary meeting of the Seventh Summit of the Americas took place today in Panama City, Panama and included addresses from 13 Heads of State and Government, among them President Raúl Castro, the first speech by a Cuban President at the meeting that brings together the 35 independent nations of the Hemisphere.

Following the presentation of the host President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, and with Secretary General José Miguel Insulza of the Organization of American States (OAS) in attendance, the session featured presentations by the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos; the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa; the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff; the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto...
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