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Education Ministers Approve Inter-American Education Agenda at OAS Meeting in Bahamas - Feb 12, 2017 - 4:54:10 PM

Ministers of Education of the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) meeting in Nassau, Bahamas, today approved the Inter-American Education Agenda (IEA), the culmination of a two-year process of negotiations to define common priorities aimed at improving quality education in the region, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the United Nations in 2015.

The approval of the Inter-American Education Agenda is a milestone achievement in improving quality education in the Americas, as it codifies agreement on three concrete priorities: Quality, inclusive, and equitable education; Strengthening the teaching profession; and Comprehensive early childhood care...
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Bahamas and OAS Sign MOU for Small Business Development Center - Feb 10, 2017 - 1:05:25 PM

The Bahamas is the beneficiary of a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed Thursday between The Bahamas and the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Hon. Michael Halkitis, the Bahamas’ Minister of State for Finance, and His Excellency Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS, signed the agreement during the 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education at Atlantis, Paradise Island.

In attendance was His Excellency Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations in New York and Permanent Representative to the OAS...
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Bahamas & OAS sign MOU for scholarships & training - Feb 9, 2017 - 6:37:27 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), today, signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide scholarships and training programs for Bahamian students.
The Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald and His Excellency Luis Almagro, OAS Secretary General, signed the understanding, Thursday, February 9th during the official opening ceremony of the 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education (9IAMME) at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island...
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OAS observes conclusion of the electoral cycle in Haiti - Jan 30, 2017 - 4:34:31 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to the legislative and local elections in Haiti this Sunday, January 29, commended the country on the organization of a very complex election, but expressed concern over low turnout, particularly in urban areas.

The OAS Mission, headed by Uruguayan Ambassador Juan Raúl Ferreira, observed elections for 570 local administration councils (CASEC), 568 local assemblies (ASEC) and 139 city delegates, as well as run-off votes for eight senate seats and one seat in the lower chamber. The Mission deployed 77 observers and specialists from 21 countries who visited a total of 285 voting centers in all 10 departments...
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Commonwealth of Dominica assumes Chairmanship of OAS Council for Integral Development (CIDI) - Jan 12, 2017 - 8:00:26 AM

The Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the Organization of American States, Ambassador Dr. Vince Henderson, assumed the Chairmanship of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  The ceremony took place at the OAS headquarters.  Ambassador Henderson thanked the exiting Chair, Ambassador Rogelio Sotela, from Costa Rica, and pledged to continue working to take advantage of the forum for meaningful discussion of the development agenda and how SEDI can better focus its efforts for greater impact while keeping in mind its comparative advantages and available resources.

The appointment of Mrs. Kim Osborne, a national of the Commonwealth of Dominica, as Executive Secretary for Integral Development, was confirmed today by acclamation by OAS Member States during the regular CIDI meeting...
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OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Haiti Congratulates Haitian People and Electoral Authorities on Conclusion of Presidential Electoral Process - Jan 4, 2017 - 1:29:49 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) in Haiti welcomes the announcement of the final results of the presidential election held on November 20, 2016. The EOM commends the conclusion of an electoral process that, despite having been long and complex, has allowed the country to continue down the path of democratic strengthening.

The verification process of 12% of the returns, ordered by the Electoral Disputes Tribunal at the request of different political actors, concluded that the returns analyzed did not show irregularities that could have affected the electoral process. The use of established legal processes to clarify questions about the results...
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Rahming joins in Tributes to Late Venezuela Envoy - Dec 2, 2016 - 11:24:26 AM

Washington, D.C. - His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), was among those paying tribute to the late Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuela’s Permanent Representative to the OAS during a special meeting of the OAS Permanent Council in the Simon Bolívar Hall of the OAS headquarters at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

“On behalf of the government and people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, I express profound condolences to the government and people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the passing of H.E. Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez,” Dr. Rahming said...
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OAS donates $25,000 towards Bahamas hurricane recovery - Dec 1, 2016 - 6:37:44 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Organization of American States (OAS) has made a contribution of $25,000 to The Bahamas to assist with recovery efforts from the massive damages caused by Hurricane Matthew early in October.

His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations and Permanent Representative to the OAS, was presented with a cheque by OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez on Thursday, December 1, 2016, in the Assistant Secretary General’s office at OAS main building at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
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Uruguay first to ratify Inter-American Convention on Protection of Human Rights of Older Persons - Nov 22, 2016 - 8:52:04 PM

Uruguay became the first member state of the Organization of American States (OAS) to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Inter-American Convention on the Protection of the Human Rights of Older Persons.

The Permanent Representative of Uruguay, Hugo Cayrús, recalled that the legislature of his country ratified the Convention in September. “Uruguay believes the region has taken a fundamental step, because it is the first legally binding Convention related to the protection of the human rights of older persons,” said the Uruguayan diplomat...
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OAS Electoral Mission in Haiti Completes Deployment Ahead of Sunday´s Elections - Nov 18, 2016 - 12:23:48 AM

The Organization of American States’ Electoral Observation Mission (OAS/EOM) in Haiti completed today its deployment across the country. A team of 130 experts and observers of 24 nationalities, headed by former Uruguayan senator Juan Raúl Ferreira, will be observing Sunday’s election in all ten departments of Haiti.

The Mission includes a number of specialists that are analyzing in depth key aspects of the electoral process, including electoral organization and technology, electoral registration, electoral justice and the participation of women. On Election Day the OAS will observe the process from the opening of the polls to the counting of the votes. A team will remain in the country until the tabulation process has concluded...
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OAS Secretary General Congratulates Colombia on a Decisive Step toward an Inclusive Peace Agreement - Nov 14, 2016 - 8:37:52 AM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today congratulated Colombia for taking a decisive step toward an inclusive peace agreement, convinced that a broad and participatory dialogue is the way to build a sustainable peace.

Almagro welcomed "the willingness and the efforts of the Government of President Santos, the promoters of the 'No,' the FARC-EP and the different sectors of society that, through long days, managed to overcome the complexities, debated the different proposals of the 'No' backers, and found points of consensus, strengthening the initial peace agreement..."
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Bahamas Chairs CICAD 60th Regular Session - Nov 10, 2016 - 3:24:39 PM

Washington D.C. - The 60th Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), was held from 2nd to 4th November, 2016, at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.

The Session brought together Commissioners, Ambassadors and other high-ranking officials of OAS Member States, including representatives from civil society, to discuss the world drug problem.  Bringing remarks at the inauguration ceremony were Carmen Masias Claux, Executive President of the National Commission for Development and Life Without Drugs (DEVIDA) of Peru; Mr. Luis Almagro...
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OAS Secretary General Urges Government Partnerships in Drug Trafficking Fight - Nov 4, 2016 - 3:50:33 PM

PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas – Significant interventions must be taken in order to curb or eliminate drug trafficking in the region. This, according to Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro, will be the best course of action. Mr. Almagro said that drug trafficking and the associated actions that support the trade are a ‘threat to democracy.’

He was speaking at the Inauguration Ceremony of the 60th Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) at Atlantis, Paradise Island, November 2-4, 2016...
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PM Christie Welcomes OAS' CICAD to The Bahamas for Important Sessions - Nov 4, 2016 - 1:48:34 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie congratulated the Organization of American States and, more specifically, its Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), on November 2, 2016, for the decision to spend its "30th birthday" in The Bahamas.

"Over the last three decades, your hemispheric objective for the goal of a drug free world and your endeavours to assist member states in addressing drug use and abuse in the hemisphere has been meaningful, full and impactful," Prime Minister Christie said during the Inauguration Ceremony for the 60th Regular Session of CICAD, at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island...
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Peace Process in Colombia: Statement from the OAS Secretary General - Oct 10, 2016 - 11:34:20 AM

We have supported the peace process promoted by President Juan Manuel Santos from the beginning and we are deeply committed to the desire of the Colombian people to live in peace.

The recent majority decision by the voters not to support the Peace Agreements of Havana between the government and the FARC, in a plebiscite which included the electoral observation of the OAS, opens the doors to a peace process anchored in a great national dialogue.

The result of the referendum, being the voice of the people, must be respected by the participants in the ongoing dialogue...
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OAS holds meeting on Hurricane Matthew - Oct 7, 2016 - 6:19:03 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Hurricane Matthew continued its destructive rampage along Florida’s Atlantic Coast, after inflicting tremendous damage in The Bahamas throughout Thursday and Friday morning, the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Emergency Aid Committee convened a second meeting at the OAS on Friday, October 7, 2016,  to address the situation in the affected nations of the Caribbean.

Representatives of Member States affected by Hurricane Matthew, including The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, were invited to the meeting that was also attended by representatives of the OAS, PAHO/WHO, Inter-American Defense Board (IADB) and the Pan American Development Fund... 
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MAPP/OAS Urges Colombians to Continue the Search for Peace - Oct 6, 2016 - 10:23:18 AM

Following the results of the plebescite on Sunday, the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia of the Organization of American States (MAPP/OAS) welcomes the willingness of the Colombian government, the FARC-EP, and the campaigners for the “No” vote to open a frank dialogue to continue moving forward in peacebuilding efforts.

In particular, the MAPP/OAS highlights the series of meetings President Juan Manuel Santos has begun with several sectors in the country, including meetings held with former Presidents Andres Pastrana and Alvaro Uribe, which give continuity to this effort...

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OAS Secretary General Calls on Member States to Strengthen the Inter-American Human Rights System - Oct 3, 2016 - 1:19:32 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today expressed his support for a proposal to double the budget of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

The Secretary General welcomed the September 30 communiqué from the Commission announcing that it had overcome the immediate and severe financial crisis which threatened to limit its capacity to comply with basic duties in 2016. At the same time, the Secretary General remains focused on the need to place both the Commission and the Court of Human Rights on a sound, long-term financial...

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Hon. Fred Mitchell makes Special Presentation at OAS - Sep 14, 2016 - 4:54:27 PM

Washington, D.C - Following is the full text of a special presentation by the Hon. Fred Mitchell, Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, during the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) Conversation on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, in the Ruben Dario Room of the OAS General Secretariat Building, 1889 Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

I am delighted to join you here at this Conversation. I commend you Mr. President for organizing this dialogue which is taking place at a timely juncture – it is opportune as it has now been almost one year since the global Agreement on the bold and transformative 2030 Agenda...
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Joint Statement of the General Secretariat of the OAS and the Carter Center - Sep 2, 2016 - 9:39:43 AM

This afternoon former President Jimmy Carter and OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro met in Plains, Georgia, to exchange ideas on matters relating to democracy and human rights in the region.

In the course of the meeting, they discussed possibilities of cooperation and agreed on some of the principal challenges facing the Hemisphere:

Venezuela - September first protest – We congratulate the peaceful protest carried out by the Venezuelan people today in Caracas, which confirms their will to reach a democratic resolution with a recall referendum...
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