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OAS Opens Scholarship Application Period for Undergraduate, Graduate and Research Studies in 2016 - Dec 19, 2014 - 11:29:02 AM

The Organization of American States (OAS) announces the opening of the application period for the OAS Academic Scholarship Program, which offers students the opportunity to pursue undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees or graduate research, leading to a university degree at institutions of higher education throughout the Hemisphere.

The scholarships, which are open to all citizens and permanent residents of OAS member states, offer up to $30,000 per year in total benefits that may cover all or part of tuition and mandatory fees, living costs, study materials, airfare and health insurance, for up to two academic years...
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Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas Explains his Country's New Immigration Policy at the OAS - Dec 16, 2014 - 8:26:03 PM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) received today during a special meeting the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of The Bahamas, Frederick Mitchell, who explained to member states the details of the new immigration policy adopted by the government of his country last November.

In his introduction to the Council’s meeting, the OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin, said The Bahamas "is a valuable member of the OAS and plays a critical role in the discussions of major issues on the hemispheric agenda," and that the visit of Minister Mitchell to the OAS is important as a way to "open up a broader and deeper discussion on the issue of migration based on the work the Organization is already doing."
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OAS Deploys Team of Experts to Support Cyber Security Efforts in Jamaica - Dec 18, 2014 - 3:41:22 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) has deployed a team of experts to Kingston, Jamaica, at the request of the country´s government, to provide cyber security incident management support and to help establish the country’s National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), as part of a broader initiative by the OAS Cyber Security Program which includes the creation of a National Cyber Security Strategy.

The request to deploy this team of experts came from the highest level at the Jamaican Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM) and involved cooperation from the Hemispheric Network of CERTs of the OAS, specifically technical support from the Uruguayan National Cyber Security Response Team (CERTuy). Experts from Uruguay and the OAS General Secretariat are currently providing guidance to local officials on cyber security incident management procedures...
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OAS Celebrates “Historic Announcement” of Resumption of U.S. and Cuba Diplomatic Relations - Dec 17, 2014 - 2:22:51 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today welcomed the “historic announcement” made by the Presidents of Cuba and the United States, Raúl Castro and Barack Obama, of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries, as well as the re-opening of embassies in Washington and Havana, the lifting of certain commercial restrictions and the beginning of new paths for cooperation on issues of mutual interest, among other measures.

The OAS leader congratulated President Barack Obama “for having taken these historic steps, as necessary as they are courageous, to restore diplomatic relations broken off in 1961...”
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(Audio) Fred Mitchell briefs the OAS Permanent Council on Bahamas Immigration - Dec 16, 2014 - 1:28:00 PM

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Washington, DC - The Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration spoke in the House of the Americas on  16th December, 2014 during a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States in the Hall of the Americas. He was accompanied by H.E. Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the Organisation of American States (OAS).

The following is the audio stream from the gathering featuring Fred Mitchell, and representatives from Haiti, Jamaica and St. Lucia...
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OAS Secretary General Met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas - Dec 16, 2014 - 1:43:19 AM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of The Bahamas, Frederick A. Mitchell, in his office in Washington, DC.

During the meeting, the two discussed migration flows in the Hemisphere and the policies that countries apply in the area. They also discussed the election of the next Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General of the Organization, to be held on March 18 next year. In addition, they discussed the 7th Summit of the Americas, to be held in Panama in April 2015...

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OAS to Launch New Young Leaders Program to Promote Transparency and Citizen Participation in the Region’s Public Administrations - Dec 15, 2014 - 4:43:26 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) today launched a new initiative called “the OAS Fellowship on Open Government in the Americas,” opening a space for the exchange of knowledge and experiences between the region’s young professionals and international experts on the matter, which aims at supporting public administrations in the region in their efforts to achieve more transparency, participation, and efficiency.

The goal of the initiative, being carried out by the Department of Effective Public Management of the OAS Secretariat for Political Affairs, is to create a network of young professionals bringing together the next generation of leaders from the region, offering them a space for reflection, debate and exchange of knowledge and experiences in Open Government...
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Mitchell in Washington DC to meet with the OAS - Dec 14, 2014 - 8:01:38 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Fred Mitchell flies to Washington DC on Sunday to attend a series of meetings that will culminate with his address to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS). This address, scheduled for Tuesday 16th December, will be live streamed on the OAS’ official website.  

The new administrative measures being taken by the government of The Bahamas to strengthen the country’s immigration policy and eliminate fraud are expected to take center stage during these meetings. These administrative measures that took effect on 1st November 2014 have been the subject of much commentary both locally and internationally, much of which were based on misinformation.

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OAS Awards 80 Scholarships for Study in Member State Institutions - Dec 11, 2014 - 11:22:09 AM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, recently approved the award of 80 scholarships under the OAS Academic Scholarship Program for citizens of member States to pursue graduate and undergraduate studies at institutions throughout the Hemisphere.

The scholarships were awarded following the initial ranking of candidates by the high-level education experts of the Academic and Technical Studies Scholarship Selection Committee (ATSSSC) who met in September at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC to review more than 160 pre-selected applications presented by member states for the 2015-2016 cycle.
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OAS to Elect Next Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General on March 18, 2015 - Dec 10, 2014 - 6:10:24 PM

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The member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) determined that the next Assistant Secretary General will be elected on the same day as the election of the next Secretary General – March 18, 2015 – as was decided today by the Permanent Council in a regular meeting at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington DC.

The vote will be held in a Special General Assembly at 16:00 EST ( 21:00 GMT), following the election of the next Secretary General at 10:00 EST ( 15:00 GMT). Previously, the two elections took place on separate dates.
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OAS Secretary General Calls for Unwavering Defense of Human Rights - Dec 10, 2014 - 5:57:53 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, commemorated today Human Rights Day with a call on "the peoples and governments of the member states and the world, to continue to defend unwaveringly the validity and respect for human rights."

Secretary General Insulza reiterated his call on the countries of the Americas that have not yet done so to ratify the American Convention on Human Rights, also known as the Pact of San José, and to accept the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, "for our region to have a truly universal Inter-American system."
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OAS Secretary General: “the Fight against Corruption does not Rest Solely with Public Authorities” - Dec 10, 2014 - 1:31:04 AM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today recognized International Anti-Corruption Day with a call on the countries of the international community to reaffirm their commitment to the fight against corruption, to “jointly tackle this problem that affects us all and that we must all work together to solve.” (Full Message of the OAS Secretary General available here).

The OAS leader recalled that the institution he leads contributed the first international legal instrument on the issue, the Inter-American Convention against Corruption and has continued in its policy of helping member states to improve their legal frameworks to address the problem and to strengthen the institutions charged with applying them, through the Follow-up Mechanism to the Convention (MESICIC).
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OAS and Canada Offer Scholarships to Study Research on Drugs - Dec 7, 2014 - 9:59:44 AM

The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), together with the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) of Canada, have opened the International Research Capacity-Building Program for Health-Related Professionals to Study the Drug Phenomenon in Latin America and the Caribbean for the 2014-2015 period.

Eligible candidates should be professionals with a Master´s or doctoral degree with mathematical training, or professionals in an area related to the issue of drugs that wish to improve their capabilities in research on drugs, including the prevention of their abuse...
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OAS Congratulates New Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie - Dec 5, 2014 - 12:06:32 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) congratulates Mme. Michaëlle Jean on her recent election as Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF). The OAS looks forward to working closely with La Francophonie under the leadership of Secretary General Jean to strengthen cooperation between both organizations.

Prior to her election, Secretary General Jean worked closely with the OAS on issues affecting youth at risk, the global Haitian Diaspora, and other hemispheric issues of critical importance. Her steadfast leadership ability and commitment to democracy and development is noteworthy, and the OAS looks forward to strengthening this partnership as Mme Jean assumes her postion as Secretary General of the IOF...
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Declaration calls on OAS member countries to redouble efforts to combat trafficking - Dec 5, 2014 - 8:24:33 AM

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The Fourth Meeting of National Authorities of the Americas on Trafficking in persons, convened by the Organization of American States (OAS), concluded today in Brazil with the approval of the “Declaration of Brasilia,” which calls on all member countries to redouble their efforts to combat this scourge that affects 1.8 million people in the Hemisphere, and with the adoption of a Work Plan for the 2015-2018 period.

The “Inter-American Declaration to Address Trafficking in Persons,” or “Declaration of Brasilia” condemns “trafficking in persons in all its forms in the Hemisphere as a criminal offense that violates human rights and, in particular, impinges on the liberty, physical integrity, health, and dignity of its victims and their families, and harms the most vulnerable sectors of our societies.”
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OAS Highlights Values and Objectives of the Socialist International at Opening of Meeting at OAS Headquarters - Dec 2, 2014 - 10:00:51 PM
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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today highlighted the continued validity of the principles of the Socialist International (SI) that promote the creation of a society with greater social inclusion, and the defense of democracy and human rights, upon opening a meeting of the SI Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean at the headquarters of the multilateral Organization in Washington, DC.

Secretary General Insulza said that the issues that currently concern the OAS and the SI "are not different," and as an example he noted that both organizations seek to achieve more egalitarian societies. "Just like the International, the OAS endorses the goal of a society with greater solidarity and inclusion and promotes policies for growth in employment and greater equality.
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OAS Hosts Hemispheric Dialogue on Disaster Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change - Nov 27, 2014 - 11:50:58 AM

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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 emergencies.

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...
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Inter-American Committee on Natural Disaster Reduction Divides Tasks among Members in Meeting at the OAS - Nov 26, 2014 - 1:26:03 PM

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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)...
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OAS Hosts Regional Consultation of United Nations System “Toward the Global Humanitarian Summit” - Nov 26, 2014 - 1:19:31 PM

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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 assistance.

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.
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Sustainability Week begins at the OAS with Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development - Nov 25, 2014 - 8:33:18 PM

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The Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the Organization of American 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 environment.

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...
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