Message from OAS Secretary General on Venezuela
- May 20, 2017 - 12:12:37 PM
Desmond Tutu once said "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."
boxer Archie Moore, referring to Muhammad Ali, also said, "He is a
fighter who stands for something. He is a rights fighter also, like me.
The man who stands neutral stands for nothing."
The beginning of this message is based on quotes from two people of African descent.
OAS Electoral Observation Mission to The Bahamas Issues Preliminary Recommendations
- May 12, 2017 - 11:57:51 PM
The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States
(OAS/EOM) to The Bahamas congratulated the people of the Caribbean
country on their continued commitment to democracy and on their
determination to exercise their constitutional right to vote, as
reflected in the high turnout rate in the General Elections of
Wednesday, May 10. The Mission, led by OAS Ombudsman Ms. Sherry Tross,
also extended congratulations to the new Government.
Day, the EOM, comprised 11 observers of 8 nationalities, was present in
29 constituencies and visited 157 polling stations. The Mission´s
preliminary report highlighted the steps taken to ensure that citizens
living abroad could have the opportunity to exercise their franchise.
This is unique in the region...
OAS Electoral Observation Mission Begins Deployment in The Bahamas
- May 4, 2017 - 6:41:19 PM
Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States
(OAS/EOM) to The Bahamas, led by its Chief of Mission Sherry Tross,
began its deployment today ahead of the
who is also the Ombudsperson of the Organization, arrived today in
Nassau and will lead a team comprised of 11 experts from Antigua and
Barbuda, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and
Tobago, United States and Venezuela. This afternoon, the Chief of
Mission and Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall signed the Electoral
Procedures Agreement that establishes the conditions for the work of
the Mission in The Bahamas...
OAS to send Electoral Observer Mission to Bahamas
- May 2, 2017 - 7:32:21 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Organization of American States (OAS) will
deploy an Electoral Observation Mission to the general elections in The
Bahamas on May 10, 2017, according to the agreement signed on Tuesday,
May 2, 2017 between OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro and the Interim
Representative of The Bahamas to the OAS, Mr. Chet Neymour, Deputy Chief
of Mission at The Bahamas Embassy.
The Mission will be headed by the Ombudsperson of the Organization, Sherry Tross, and began its deployment on Wednesday...
OAS Executive Secretariat With Recent Appointment
- Apr 25, 2017 - 12:28:15 AM
The Organization of American States (OAS) has fulfilled the wishes of
OAS Member States to strengthen the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control
Commission (CICAD) Executive Secretariat by appointing Ambassador Adam
Namm to the post of Executive Secretary of CICAD.
was made in December 2016. Ambassador Namm enjoyed a distinguished
30-year career at the U.S. State Department. CICAD was without an
Executive Secretary for more than 18 months following the departure of
Ambassador Paul Simons in May 2015.
His Excellency Nestor Mendez, Assistant Secretary-General of the OAS, said the appointment is already paying dividends.
OAS Sec. General Remarks at Pindling Bust Unveiling
- Apr 21, 2017 - 8:08:07 PM
Remarks by OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez At The
Unveiling Ceremony For A Memorial Bust of the Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden
Pindling in The Hall of Heroes at OAS Headquarters, on April 20, 2017 in Washington, DC:
is an honor for me to address you this afternoon at today’s ceremony to
unveil a bust dedicated to the late Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling,
Former Prime Minister and the Father of the Nation of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas. I am equally honored to be in the presence of his wife,
Dame Marguerite Pindling and son, Mr. Obafemi Pindling – I welcome you
both to the OAS, the House of the Americas...
Bust of Sir Lynden Pindling Unveiled at OAS
- Apr 20, 2017 - 5:23:08 PM
I bring greetings from our Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G.
Christie and our Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Fred Mitchell.
Both of them today have taken the first step, Nomination, in the process
of free and fair elections, - the hallmark of democracy in The Bahamas.
The hero is someone who inspires people and effects change across racial, social and cultural barriers and across generations.
Bahamians are most grateful that the Organization of American States
has seen fit to recognize, as such a person, the Father of our Nation,
our national hero, Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling...
Western Illinois University Confirms Partnership in the Lead-up to Launch of OAS – Bahamas Scholarship
- Apr 13, 2017 - 1:02:29 PM
In the lead-up to the April 18th launch of the OAS - Government of The
Bahamas Scholarship, Ms. Kim Osborne, OAS Executive Secretary for
Integral Development, and Dr. Jack Thomas, President of Western Illinois
University, held a signing ceremony on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the
OAS Administration Building in Washington, D.C., to concretize the
agreement of Western Illinois University to partner with the OAS and The
Bahamas to offer scholarship opportunities for Bahamians.
The Bahamas, Second Secretary Mikhail Bullard thanked Western Illinois
University for its willingness to partner and underscored that the
trilateral cooperation the partnership demonstrated could be a model
going forward for OAS Member States...
OAS Secretary General Condemns Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria
- Apr 5, 2017 - 4:47:08 PM
Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis
Almagro, condemned the inhuman chemical weapons attack against the
civilian population in Syria on Tuesday.
join the wave of international outrage that calls for an investigation
to find those guilty of this criminal attack against civilization," said
"Celebrating The Black Experience in The Americas"
- Mar 29, 2017 - 3:14:06 PM
His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador and Permanent
Representative to the United Nations and the Organization of American
States (OAS), made a strong case during an address at the OAS on
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in support of his contention that there “is
cause to celebrate the black experience in and contributions to the
“And while we celebrate how far we have come from the
vestiges of ancient slavery, let us use this decade to dismantle modern
slavery in all its ugly forms: forced labor, human trafficking and
gender bias,” Dr. Rahming said, adding that it is “only by so doing that
we make a recognizable dent in closing our hemisphere’s black hole...
Hemispheric Report on Sexual Violence and Child Pregnancy
- Mar 28, 2017 - 7:25:59 PM
The Committee of Experts of the Follow-Up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI), prepared a
Hemispheric Report on Sexual Violence and Child Pregnancy in the States Party to the Belém do Pará Convention, the regional reality of pregnancy among girls younger than 14 and its relation to sexual violence.
What is the purpose of the report?To bring visibility
to the issue, provide a space for discussion, formulate recommendations
to the States Party to the Convention and promote the right of all girls
to live free from violence...
OAS Assistant Secretary General Receives Award in Recognition of his Commitment to Organization’s Values
- Mar 15, 2017 - 1:22:06 PM
The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States
(OAS), Nestor Mendez, today received the Medal of Honor for Merit
presented by the Sociedad de Estudios Internacionales (SEI) of Panama,
in recognition of his work to promote democracy, strengthening human
rights, and fostering peace and security and integral development.
high honor was presented to Ambassador Mendez during a ceremony in
Panama City, Panama, within the framework of the First International
Conference on Global Threats and their Regional Impact, organized by the
SEI. During the same event, attended by diplomats, security experts and
representatives from international and regional organizations...
OAS Celebrates Black History Month and International Decade of People of African Descent
- Feb 24, 2017 - 4:18:27 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) joined the celebration of
"Black History Month and the International Decade for People of African
Descent" with a celebration on "Afro-Inspired Culture in the Americas"
on Thursday, February 23, 2017, in the Hall of the Americas at OAS
headquarters, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
featured several specialists on the influence of African culture in the
Americas, including Demont Hussey, from Jamaica, who spoke about the
history of reggae music; James Lovell and Vincent Martinez of Belize,
who played Afro-Garifuna jazz music; Von Martin, from Trinidad and
Tobago, who spoke about the history of the Trinitarian drums; Dr. Miguel
Vilar, from National Geographic's "Ancestral Discoveries" team...
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...
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
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.
attendance was His Excellency Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to
the United Nations in New York and Permanent Representative to the OAS...
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.
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...
OAS observes conclusion of the electoral cycle in Haiti
- Jan 30, 2017 - 4:34:31 PM
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
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...
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
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...
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
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
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.
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...