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OAS Urges Giving Young Offenders a Path to Reintegration at Launch of Program in Jamaica - Nov 20, 2014 - 2:36:32 PM

The 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.

The 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...
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OAS wants more Bahamian scholarship seekers - Nov 20, 2014 - 1:02:46 AM

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Development, Education 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...

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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...
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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.

The 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...
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OAS Permanent Council Holds Special Meeting to Debate “Diplomacy, Development and Governance” - Nov 12, 2014 - 6:00:22 PM

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The 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...
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Dominica Celebrates 36 years of Independence at the OAS - Nov 10, 2014 - 8:32:54 PM

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Dominica 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).
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Bahamian Educators Benefit from OAS Opportunities - Nov 6, 2014 - 1:50:42 AM

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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...
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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

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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...
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OAS Member States Approved the Organization's Budget for the 2015- 2016 Biennium - Oct 29, 2014 - 7:53:35 PM

The 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 institution’s activities.

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 consensus document..."
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OAS Condems Attacks in Ottawa, Canada - Oct 23, 2014 - 12:41:38 PM

The Secretary 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 Canada’s Parliament, 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...
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IDB and OAS join to promote better Cyber Security Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean - Oct 22, 2014 - 4:22:33 PM

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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 and Israel...
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OAS Lecture Series Examines Universal Abolition of the Death Penalty - Oct 16, 2014 - 3:37:47 AM

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The 56 Lecture of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) discussed on Tuesday 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...
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OAS Assistant Secretary General Calls for Universal Access to Education - Oct 15, 2014 - 10:50:28 PM

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The 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...”
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OAS Calls on Countries of the Region to Join Forces for Sustainable Development - Oct 8, 2014 - 6:38:04 PM

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The 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...
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OAS Assistant Secretary General and Caribbean Authorities Discuss the Future of Energy - Oct 7, 2014 - 12:13:54 AM

The Assistant 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 preparation 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...”
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OAS Convenes First Stakeholder Meeting on Natural Disaster Mitigation - Oct 3, 2014 - 12:13:53 PM

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A 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 change issues.

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 basis...
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OAS Anticorruption Mechanism Holds On-Site Visit to The Bahamas - Oct 3, 2014 - 6:14:24 AM

A 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 (MESICIC) 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...
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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 of 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...
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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

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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.

During 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..."
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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.

Bearing 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.
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