OAS Hosts Hemispheric Dialogue on Disaster Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change
- Nov 27, 2014 - 11:50:58 AM
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
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...
Inter-American Committee on Natural Disaster Reduction Divides Tasks among Members in Meeting at the OAS
- Nov 26, 2014 - 1:26:03 PM
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)...
OAS Hosts Regional Consultation of United Nations System “Toward the Global Humanitarian Summit”
- Nov 26, 2014 - 1:19:31 PM
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
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.
Sustainability Week begins at the OAS with Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development
- Nov 25, 2014 - 8:33:18 PM
Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the Organization of
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
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...
OAS Addresses Issues of Migration and Identification
- Nov 25, 2014 - 5:50:20 PM
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...
OAS Calls on Member States to Sign and Ratify the Inter-American Convention to Facilitate Disaster Assistance
- Nov 25, 2014 - 4:18:00 PM
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."
OAS on the Occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
- Nov 25, 2014 - 2:05:31 PM
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
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.
OAS Secretary General Congratulates U.S. President on Immigration Measures
- Nov 21, 2014 - 3:32:06 PM
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.”
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 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 and UNEP Sign Agreement on Environmental Rule of Law and Sustainable Development
- Nov 20, 2014 - 2:30:29 PM
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.
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...
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