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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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OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism Releases Report on Grenada - Sep 23, 2014 - 12:25:17 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 the report on Grenada on the implementation of that treaty in the framework of the Fourth Round of Review, during its twenty-fourth meeting held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC.

The report on Grenada provides a comprehensive review of the structure, operation, and administration of the Integrity Commission (IC); the Public Service Commission (PSC); the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP); and the Audit Department (AD)—four of the main...
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OAS, PAHO, and Trinidad and Tobago Organize Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases - Sep 22, 2014 - 1:12:28 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) will host, together with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, a high level meeting in Washington, DC on September 30, titled “Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) In the Americas: Awareness, Access, Action.”

The OAS event will discuss policy and practical mechanisms to raise awareness and address the prevalence of NCDs in the Americas. The half-day meeting at OAS headquarters will take place on the sidelines of the week-long PAHO Directing Council Meetings, and will bring together stakeholders from the healthcare industry, educators, medical groups, representatives of OAS member states and other groups. PAHO Director Carissa Etienne will address a special private breakfast gathering for Health Ministers, ahead of the official start of the meeting.
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OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism Released Report on Jamaica - Sep 17, 2014 - 2:37:05 PM

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 the Jamaica report on the implementation of this treaty in the framework of the Fourth Round of Review of the Mechanism, during its Twenty-Fourth Meeting held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, D.C.

The report provides a review of oversight bodies in Jamaica with the responsibility for the prevention, detection, punishment and eradication of acts of corruption. In this regard, the report examines the Office of the Contractor General; the Integrity Commission; the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, and the Auditor General’s Department...
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Kazakhstan Envoy calls on Bahamas Ambassador Rahming - Sep 9, 2014 - 12:58:06 PM

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NEW YORK - Ambassador Kairat Abdrakhmanov (right), Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, recently paid a courtesy call on H.E. Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United Nations and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the Organisation of American States (OAS).

The two envoys discussed a broad range of issues aimed at furthering and deepening cooperation between the two countries. High on the agenda was the impending signing of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries, possible internship opportunities for Bahamians to study renewable energy in Kazakhstan, and the benefits of strengthening both countries' blue and green economies...
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OAS Roundtable Discusses Drug Problem in the Americas and the Challenges of Reducing Incarceration - Sep 8, 2014 - 8:23:23 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) today held its policy 60th Roundtable entitled "Multisectoral Perspectives on the Drug Problem in the Americas: The Challenges of Reducing Incarceration" on the eve of the celebration of the Special General Assembly that will be held in Guatemala on September 19, and whose central theme is "For a Hemispheric Drug Policy in the Twenty-first Century".

This debate on drug policy in the region started with the report prepared by the OAS on the Drugs Problem in the Americas, led by the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, and presented 18 months ago to the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos. The report responded to a mandate from the VI Summit of the Americas that took place in Cartagena, Colombia, in April 2012...
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OAS Permanent Council Urged Haiti to Hold Overdue Elections and Convened a Special General Assembly on Strategic Vision - Aug 28, 2014 - 8:47:14 AM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today adopted a Declaration calling on the three branches of government of Haiti to comply with the agreement knows as El Rancho and to call legislative and municipal elections by the end of 2014, and also convened a Special General Assembly on the Strategic Vision for the Organization to be held on Friday, September 12.

The Chair of the Permanent Council and Representative of Saint Lucia, Ambassador Sonia Johnny, said the Declaration on Haiti supports “the efforts of a member state to be able to hold elections in accordance with the terms of its constitution and with other agreements."
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OAS Launches Virtual Course on Open Government for Public Officials in the Americas - Aug 25, 2014 - 5:01:36 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) will launch, on Tuesday, August 26, the virtual course "Strategies for Open Government in the Americas" for 217 officials from the region, in order to enable them to implement strategies for the consolidation of more participatory, transparent and open government.

The course will last seven weeks, and although it is aimed at public officials, it is open to the general public.

Taught from the Virtual Campus of the Department for Effective Public Management of the Secretariat for Political Affairs of the OAS, the course has the support of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the...
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OAS Secretary General Sends Condolences to Saint Lucia on the Passing of Judge Suzie D'Auvergne - Aug 20, 2014 - 5:23:15 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today sent a letter of condolences to the Government and people of Saint Lucia expressing his solidarity for the passing on August 18, of Judge Suzie D 'Auvergne, member of the Administrative Tribunal of the Organization.

In the letter, addressed to the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Kenny Anthony, Secretary General Insulza said that Judge D'Auvergne "lived an exemplary life in the public service and was a leader in promoting access to justice and the rule of law in Saint Lucia and the Caribbean." He also recalled that the OAS "recognized her distinguished career and commitment to justice with her election in 2009 and re-election 2014 as a member of the Administrative Tribunal where she played an important role in ...
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Meeting of Culture Ministers of the Americas Convened by the OAS Opens in Haiti - Aug 12, 2014 - 4:29:56 PM

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The VI Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities, convened by the Organization of American States (OAS), opened this morning in Port au Prince, Haiti, with a ceremony that featured the participation of the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, and the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Albert Ramdin.

During the two-day meeting, ministers and senior officials responsible for culture from 22 OAS member countries, as well as representatives from regional and international agencies, the private sector, academia and civil society will debate the topic "Cultural Interdependence in the Context of Globalization," the central theme of the meeting...
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New Permanent Representative of Haiti Presented Credentials - Aug 8, 2014 - 10:14:50 PM

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The new Permanent Representative of Haiti to the Organization of American States (OAS), Bocchit Edmond, today presented his credentials to the Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, during a ceremony held in the Hall of Heroes at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC.

During the ceremony, Ambassador Edmond said that Haiti "will always be a friend of the OAS," and reaffirmed the commitment of his country to "continue working with the Organization in all projects that we share."

Ambassador Edmond, who for the past three years was the Deputy Permanent Representative of his country to the Organization, said that Haiti "has faith in the OAS" and in the future of the hemispheric institution.
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OAS and OWASP Sign Agreement on Cyber Security - Aug 5, 2014 - 12:45:26 PM

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) to facilitate a closer level of collaboration on the issue of cyber security and allow each partner to reach a broader audience.

The agreement signed will allow OWASP, a global non-profit organization focused on informing and educating users on the security risks and solutions associated with computer programming, to participate in more OAS events, while the two organizations explore future opportunities for organizing joint events and/or issuing joint publications on topics related to cyber security and security programming. In the past, representatives of OWASP chapters...
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OAS Members Call for Cease Fire and End to the Violence in Gaza - Jul 24, 2014 - 5:10:44 PM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), during the regular meeting held Wednesday, heard the positions of member states and the Secretary General of the institution, José Miguel Insulza, on the escalation of violence in Gaza, which has claimed more than 700 lives to this point.

The representatives, who read the official positions of their governments, and Secretary General Insulza, mentioned the need for an immediate cease fire, an end to the violence that fundamentally affects innocent civilians, and support for the measures of the United Nations.
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Haitian Minister of Culture advises on 6th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Culture - Jul 23, 2014 - 11:16:08 AM

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The Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the Organization of American States (OAS), chaired by the Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago, Neil Parsan, today hosted the Minister of Culture of Haiti, Monique Rocourt, who made a presentation on the process of preparations for the Sixth Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Culture, to be held in Port au Prince on August 12-13.

Minister Rocourt said her country would like for the Declaration of Port-au-Prince –which will be negotiated at the ministerial meeting- to be adopted by consensus and to reflect the commitment of the nations of the Hemisphere to the promotion of culture. "I anticipate that the statement should reflect the intrinsic value of culture as something unique and inseparable, and therefore should be a driving element of the process of economic development by strengthening identity as a factor in social inclusion and the fight against poverty through the creation of income," she said...
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OAS Participates in Inauguration of First National Meeting of Judicial Facilitators of Honduras - Jul 14, 2014 - 10:31:12 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) participated today in the inauguration of the First National Meeting of Judicial Facilitators of Honduras, where he highlighted the role played by the program of the hemispheric institution in the region in increasing the trust in judicial systems and improving democratic governance.

Secretary General Insulza said the Inter-American Program of Judicial Facilitators is one of the most successful of the OAS, because it addresses the problem of the lack of access to justice that is suffered by many citizens in the region, particularly in rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, which affects the credibility of the institutions of the state, limits the exercise of human rights, and affects the conditions of citizen security...
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OAS Sends Condolences to Belize on the passing of Ambassador Alfredo Martínez - Jul 11, 2014 - 11:08:11 AM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, offered his condolences today, on his behalf and that of the institution he leads, to Belize on the passing of Ambassador Alfredo Martínez, who represented Belize in the conversations that the OAS facilitated with Guatemala over the territorial differendum between the two countries.

In a letter to the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, Secretary General Insulza communicated to the people and government of the country his “heartfelt condolences on the untimely passing of this great son of Belize." “Alfredo was no ordinary public servant,” said the OAS leader, who recalled the numerous public offices held by Martínez in the course of his long career, among them those of Senator, Minister of Trade and Ambassador to Guatemala...
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Trinidad and Tobago Welcomes First Group of Graduates from Pilot Drug Treatment Court, with Support from the OAS - Jul 11, 2014 - 11:03:40 AM

The first group of participants in Trinidad and Tobago’s Drug Treatment Court (DTC) program, part of the Drug Treatment Courts for the Americas Initiative of the Organization of American States (OAS), today completed the program after meeting rigorous treatment and legal requirements.

The graduation ceremony for the group of five participants, which took place this afternoon at the Hilton Hotel in Port of Spain, represents the culmination of a nearly three-year effort in the development and implementation of the DTC model. The OAS, through its Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) has worked with Trinidad and Tobago, providing technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation in order to fully understand the efficacy of the pilot program as the country and region consider expansion of the model based on positive results.
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OAS Pays Tribute to Former Haitian President Lesly Manigat - Jul 10, 2014 - 12:35:23 PM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today appointed a committee to consider the resolution to be sent to the Special General Assembly on drugs to be held on September 19 in Antigua, Guatemala, re-elected the Permanent Representative of Mexico to chair the Working Group on Strategic Vision of the hemispheric institution, and paid  tribute to former Haitian President Lesly Manigat, who recently passed away.

In the corresponding point on the agenda, the Council decided to form a Working Group to consider the proposed resolution for the Special General Asembly to be held in Guatemala City. The event is convened for the purpose of implementing the provisions of the "Declaration of Antigua Guatemala: “For a Comprehensive Policy Against the World Drug Problem in the Americas , approved at the Annual General Assembly in 2013...
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Trinidad and Tobago Assumes Chair of the OAS Inter-American Council for Integral Development - Jul 10, 2014 - 11:19:11 AM

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The Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Neil Parsan, assumed today the Chair of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the institution, at a ceremony during which the importance of advancing in a development agenda that responds to the changing needs and particularities of the countries of the region was highlighted.

The leadership of the Inter-American Council was received from the Permanent Representative of Bolivia, Ambassador Diego Pary, whose work was focused on enhancing the analytical dialogue between countries on the Organization’s development agenda. Upon handing over the leadership of CIDI, Ambassador Pary recalled that in the last six months, “it was possible to reflect on important themes that allowed progress in consolidating the CIDI as a central organ of the Organization.
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