OAS Urges Giving Young Offenders a Path to Reintegration at Launch of Program in Jamaica
- Nov 20, 2014 - 2:36:32 PM
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.
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...
OAS wants more Bahamian scholarship seekers
- Nov 20, 2014 - 1:02:46 AM
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...
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...
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.
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...
OAS Permanent Council Holds Special Meeting to Debate “Diplomacy, Development and Governance”
- Nov 12, 2014 - 6:00:22 PM
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...
Dominica Celebrates 36 years of Independence at the OAS
- Nov 10, 2014 - 8:32:54 PM
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).
Bahamian Educators Benefit from OAS Opportunities
- Nov 6, 2014 - 1:50:42 AM
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...
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
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...
OAS Member States Approved the Organization's Budget for the 2015- 2016 Biennium
- Oct 29, 2014 - 7:53:35 PM
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
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
OAS Condems Attacks in Ottawa, Canada
- Oct 23, 2014 - 12:41:38 PM
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
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...
IDB and OAS join to promote better Cyber Security Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Oct 22, 2014 - 4:22:33 PM
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
OAS Lecture Series Examines Universal Abolition of the Death Penalty
- Oct 16, 2014 - 3:37:47 AM
The 56 Lecture of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) discussed
in Washington DC the issue of the abolition of the death penalty, as
part of the commemoration of the International Day Against this
punishment on October 10. The event featured a keynote address by the
President of the International Institute of Human Rights and former
President of the European Court of Human Rights, Jean-Paul Costa,
entitled "Reflections on the Abolition of the Death Penalty."
Opening the event, the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza,
said that the issue "is no stranger to the OAS, particularly to the
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that recently issued a new
call for the abolition of the death penalty," recalling in this regard
the significant contribution that the Commission has made to the topic.
In this regard, the Secretary...
OAS Assistant Secretary General Calls for Universal Access to Education
- Oct 15, 2014 - 10:50:28 PM
Sixth Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Education
(CIE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) opened today at the
headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC, where the
Assistant Secretary General of the Organization, Albert Ramdin, called
for universal access to quality education.
Assistant Secretary General Ramdin said the promotion of universal
access to inclusive quality education is at the heart of development
policies, adding that one of the main challenges facing the region is
"development and successful implementation of effective public policies
to promote equal opportunity through education...”
OAS Calls on Countries of the Region to Join Forces for Sustainable Development
- Oct 8, 2014 - 6:38:04 PM
Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States
(OAS), Albert Ramdin, today highlighted the importance of the countries
of the region working together to achieve sustainable development,
during an event in the framework of the VIII Americas
Competitiveness Forum (ACF), which will be inaugurated tonight in Port
of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
In an address to a working lunch with business leaders from the region,
whose central theme was business interaction, the OAS Assistant
Secretary General said he realized that “acting on their own, the
governments of the hemisphere, our Member States, can only
achieve, so much.” “I firmly believe that development cannot be
sustainable, if it's achieved in isolation,” he added...
OAS Assistant Secretary General and Caribbean Authorities Discuss the Future of Energy
- Oct 7, 2014 - 12:13:54 AM
Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert
Ramdin, joined ministers and high-level authorities on energy in the
Caribbean in Miami today to address energy and climate challenges in
for a meeting of ministers in 2015 under the umbrella of the Energy and
Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).
The OAS Assistant Secretary General opened the discussion stressing how
the shift toward sustainable energy is critical. “We cannot escape the
fact that renewable energy has very high upfront costs and at the moment
many of our countries are facing a very serious
debt challenge,” said Ambassador Ramdin. The OAS official noted that
“we have difficulties striking that balance between investing in the
future and dealing with our day-to-day problems; this is a major issue
for policy makers in the region...”
OAS Convenes First Stakeholder Meeting on Natural Disaster Mitigation
- Oct 3, 2014 - 12:13:53 PM
special stakeholder meeting convened this week by the Organization of
American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, agreed on the need for
increased support and focus on natural disaster mitigation and climate
The Group of Friends on Natural Disaster Mitigation brought together,
for the first time, representatives of countries across the Hemisphere,
OAS Permanent Observer countries, representatives of several key
inter-American institutions, and others to collaborate
and co-ordinate mitigation efforts and potential projects, on a regular
OAS Anticorruption Mechanism Holds On-Site Visit to The Bahamas
- Oct 3, 2014 - 6:14:24 AM
Commission of the Anti-Corruption Mechanism of the Organization of
American States (OAS) held an “on-site” visit to The Bahamas from
September 23 to 25 with the country’s consent, as part of the analysis
that the mechanism carries out in accordance with the
methodology adopted by consensus among its member countries.
The Commission of the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption
was made up of Tatiana Gutiérrez Delgado, Lead Expert of Costa Rica to
the Committee of Experts of the MESICIC and Public Ethics Prosecutor in
the Attorney General’s Office, and
Rodrigo Silva, Officer in the Department of Legal Cooperation of the
OAS General Secretariat...
Declaration of the OAS Secretary General on the Situation of the People Detained in Guantanamo
- Oct 1, 2014 - 2:45:45 AM
The Organization of
American States (OAS), through its Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights (IACHR), has closely followed for more than a decade the
situation of the people detained at Guantanamo Naval Base. The concern
the Organization has been expressed through cautionary measures,
resolutions, examinations of cases, hearings and press releases,
requesting for these people treatment in strict accordance with
universal and regional norms regarding human rights, to which
our countries have adhered.
In this framework, in its Resolution of July 2011, the IACHR “urges the
United States to close the Guantanamo Bay facility without delay and
arrange for the trial or release of the detainees.” More than a year
later, this process has not concluded, despite
the efforts made by the government of President Obama...
OAS Receives PAHO Report on the Ebola Outbreak in Africa and the Impact of Chikungunya Virus in the Americas
- Sep 25, 2014 - 11:55:06 AM
The Permanent Council of the Organization of
American States (OAS) held a regular meeting in which it received
reports from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on the outbreak
of the Ebola virus in western Africa and the status of Chikungunya
virus in the region, and also discussed issues related to the
empowerment of women in the Hemisphere and the designation of 2014 as
the International Year of Small Island Developing States.
the meeting, the Council received PAHO Director Carissa Ettienne, and
PAHO Director of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis, Marcos
Espinal. Director Etienne reported that Ebola is active in six countries
in West Africa, where 22 million people live, and warned that the virus
"is spreading exponentially..."
OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism Adopted Report on Haiti
- Sep 25, 2014 - 10:37:14 AM
The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up
Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention
against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States
(OAS) adopted its first report on Haiti on the implementation of this
treaty in the framework of the Fourth Round of Review of the Mechanism,
during its Twenty-Fourth Meeting held from September 8 to 12 at the
headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC.
in mind that the Republic of Haiti was not party to the MESICIC when
the First Round of MESICIC was conducted, the report is a comprehensive
review of Haiti’s implementation of the provisions of the Inter-American
Convention against Corruption that the Committee of Experts of the
MESICIC selected for review in the First Round and the Fourth Round,
which is currently being carried out by the MESICIC.