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OAS Permanent Council Urged Haiti to Hold Overdue Elections and Convened a Special General Assembly on Strategic Vision - Aug 28, 2014 - 8:47:14 AM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today adopted a Declaration calling on the three branches of government of Haiti to comply with the agreement knows as El Rancho and to call legislative and municipal elections by the end of 2014, and also convened a Special General Assembly on the Strategic Vision for the Organization to be held on Friday, September 12.

The Chair of the Permanent Council and Representative of Saint Lucia, Ambassador Sonia Johnny, said the Declaration on Haiti supports “the efforts of a member state to be able to hold elections in accordance with the terms of its constitution and with other agreements."
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OAS Launches Virtual Course on Open Government for Public Officials in the Americas - Aug 25, 2014 - 5:01:36 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) will launch, on Tuesday, August 26, the virtual course "Strategies for Open Government in the Americas" for 217 officials from the region, in order to enable them to implement strategies for the consolidation of more participatory, transparent and open government.

The course will last seven weeks, and although it is aimed at public officials, it is open to the general public.

Taught from the Virtual Campus of the Department for Effective Public Management of the Secretariat for Political Affairs of the OAS, the course has the support of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the...
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OAS Secretary General Sends Condolences to Saint Lucia on the Passing of Judge Suzie D'Auvergne - Aug 20, 2014 - 5:23:15 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today sent a letter of condolences to the Government and people of Saint Lucia expressing his solidarity for the passing on August 18, of Judge Suzie D 'Auvergne, member of the Administrative Tribunal of the Organization.

In the letter, addressed to the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Kenny Anthony, Secretary General Insulza said that Judge D'Auvergne "lived an exemplary life in the public service and was a leader in promoting access to justice and the rule of law in Saint Lucia and the Caribbean." He also recalled that the OAS "recognized her distinguished career and commitment to justice with her election in 2009 and re-election 2014 as a member of the Administrative Tribunal where she played an important role in ...
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Meeting of Culture Ministers of the Americas Convened by the OAS Opens in Haiti - Aug 12, 2014 - 4:29:56 PM

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The VI Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities, convened by the Organization of American States (OAS), opened this morning in Port au Prince, Haiti, with a ceremony that featured the participation of the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, and the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Albert Ramdin.

During the two-day meeting, ministers and senior officials responsible for culture from 22 OAS member countries, as well as representatives from regional and international agencies, the private sector, academia and civil society will debate the topic "Cultural Interdependence in the Context of Globalization," the central theme of the meeting...
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New Permanent Representative of Haiti Presented Credentials - Aug 8, 2014 - 10:14:50 PM

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The new Permanent Representative of Haiti to the Organization of American States (OAS), Bocchit Edmond, today presented his credentials to the Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, during a ceremony held in the Hall of Heroes at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC.

During the ceremony, Ambassador Edmond said that Haiti "will always be a friend of the OAS," and reaffirmed the commitment of his country to "continue working with the Organization in all projects that we share."

Ambassador Edmond, who for the past three years was the Deputy Permanent Representative of his country to the Organization, said that Haiti "has faith in the OAS" and in the future of the hemispheric institution.
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OAS and OWASP Sign Agreement on Cyber Security - Aug 5, 2014 - 12:45:26 PM

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) to facilitate a closer level of collaboration on the issue of cyber security and allow each partner to reach a broader audience.

The agreement signed will allow OWASP, a global non-profit organization focused on informing and educating users on the security risks and solutions associated with computer programming, to participate in more OAS events, while the two organizations explore future opportunities for organizing joint events and/or issuing joint publications on topics related to cyber security and security programming. In the past, representatives of OWASP chapters...
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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 Wednesday, 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.
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Haitian Minister of Culture advises on 6th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Culture - Jul 23, 2014 - 11:16:08 AM

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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...
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OAS Participates in Inauguration of First National Meeting of Judicial Facilitators of Honduras - Jul 14, 2014 - 10:31:12 PM

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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 security...
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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...
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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.

The graduation 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 results.
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OAS Pays Tribute to Former Haitian President Lesly Manigat - Jul 10, 2014 - 12:35:23 PM

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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.

In the 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...
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Trinidad and Tobago Assumes Chair of the OAS Inter-American Council for Integral Development - Jul 10, 2014 - 11:19:11 AM

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The 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.
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Saint Lucia Assumes Chair of the OAS Permanent Council - Jul 4, 2014 - 12:44:24 PM

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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.

Upon 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.”..
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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

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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.

During 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 authorities...
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Haiti Signs Conventions against Racism and Discrimination at the OAS - Jun 25, 2014 - 7:09:49 PM

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The 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 Haitian diplomacy.

The Haitian Foreign Minister said that by signing both agreements his country puts itself at the forefront of the fight against racism and racial...
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OAS Secretary General Receives President of Haiti - Jun 25, 2014 - 11:14:34 AM

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The 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 DC.

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...
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OAS and Florida International University Sign Scholarship Agreement - Jun 24, 2014 - 6:51:37 PM

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The 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.
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Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister addresses OAS Regular Session - Jun 6, 2014 - 5:15:34 AM

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ASUNCION, Paraguay (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.

“The 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...”
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Mitchell says issue of inclusive development is central to Economic and social objectives of Bahamas Government - Jun 5, 2014 - 2:09:53 PM

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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.”...
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