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OAS Supports Talks on Renewable Energy Usage in the Caribbean - Feb 10, 2014 - 3:06:15 PM

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The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, met with government officials, private sector leaders and renewable energy experts from around the world this week to promote increased use of renewable energy in the Caribbean.

The meeting on “Creating Climate Wealth” took place on Necker and Moskito Islands, British Virgin Islands, and included the Prime Ministers of Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, as well as government ministers and representatives of Colombia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, the United States Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Aruba and others.
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OAS Anticorruption Mechanism Holds On-Site Visit to Haiti - Apr 15, 2014 - 9:28:00 PM

A Commission of the Anti-Corruption Mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) held an “on-site” visit to Haiti from April 8 – 10 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 Mario Hidalgo Jara, Technical Analyst of the Implementation of International Instruments to Combat Corruption of the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Oversight (CPCCS) of Ecuador and current Chair of the Committee of Experts of MESICIC; Marcela Miranda Pérez, Chief Councilwoman...
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CIDI of the OAS Debates Development Agenda - Apr 15, 2014 - 12:42:44 AM

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The Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today held a general debate on the development agenda of the Organization, in a regular meeting in Washington, DC.

Upon beginning the meeting, the Chair of CIDI and Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the OAS, Diego Pary, said “it is important to recognize the interest expressed by the member states in the pillar of integral development in our Organization,” and that there is also a need to recognize that “we still have not achieved the impetus we had hoped for” in this respect.
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OAS Secretary General Sends Condolences over Passing of Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago - Apr 14, 2014 - 6:52:59 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) José Miguel Insulza, sent a letter of condolences this week on behalf of the Organization he leads to the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, over the passing of the country´s former Premier and President, Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson.

In the letter, Secretary General Insulza notes that, despite facing many challenges in his service to the people of Trinidad and Tobago, Robinson´s “unswerving leadership, perseverance, faith in democracy and good governance and his commitment to regional integration resulted in a much stronger nation.”...
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OAS Statement on the Death of Professor Norman Girvan, Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States - Apr 13, 2014 - 1:10:12 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, issued the following statement on the passing of Professor Norman Girvan, former Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States:

“I wish to express my profound regret at the untimely passing of Dr. Norman Girvan, a unique and outstanding Caribbean intellectual and development economist, who was Professor Emeritus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) and second Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) from 2000 to 2004.
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President of the International Court of Justice Highlights Participation of OAS Countries in the Court - Apr 11, 2014 - 1:31:33 PM

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The President of the International Court of Justice, Peter Tomka, highlighted on Thursday the importance of the participation of several member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the International Court of Justice in The Hague and urged all region’s countries to consider recognizing the jurisdiction of the world court in the future, during his address at the 54th Lecture of the Americas held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC.

Judge Tomka focused his presentation on "The Role of the International Court of Justice in World Affairs: Achievements and Challenges," with special reference to cases involving OAS member countries and the Pact of Bogotá. "It's no secret that American States –particularly those from the Latin...
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OAS Permanent Council Bids Farewell to the Permanent Representative of Haiti - Apr 10, 2014 - 10:37:36 AM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today bid farewell to the Ambassador of Haiti to the hemispheric Organization, Duly Brutus, who will leave the post after ten years to become Minister of Foreign Affairs of his country.

During his last address to the Permanent Council, Ambassador Brutus summarized what he had learned in the Organization, giving as an example what he called one of the most important lessons during his stay in the Organization: "I understood that democracy allows each country in the region to consolidate its national sovereignty..."
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Saint Kitts and Nevis Assumes Chair of the OAS Permanent Council - Apr 9, 2014 - 4:12:17 PM


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The Permanent Representative of Saint Kitts and Nevis to the Organization of American States (OAS), Jacinth Henry-Martin, today assumed the Chair of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric institution, held during the past period by the Dominican Republic.

Upon receiving the gavel that represents the Council's authority from her predecessor, the Dominican Ambassador Pedro Vergés, Ambassador Henry-Martin said it was an "honor" for her country to represent the Organization “at a time of critical introspection with a view towards re-energizing for maximum efficiency."..
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OAS Digitalizes and Catalogues 2.5 million Vital Statistics Records in Seven Countries of the Eastern Caribbean - Apr 7, 2014 - 5:08:17 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas (PUICA), has completed a project to assist the Civil Registries in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to digitalize vital statistical information.

PUICA initiated its Eastern Caribbean Modernization Project three years ago to scan vital statistic certificates and input this information on searchable databases. During the implementation of the project some 2.5 million records of vital statistics were digitalized and catalogued.
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Meeting of Ministers of Culture of the Americas set for Haiti in August - Apr 5, 2014 - 12:42:49 PM

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A delegation from the Organization of American States (OAS) today met with the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, and the country’s new Minister of Culture, Monique Rocourt, during a working visit to the Caribbean country.

The meeting was held with the aim of preparing for the next Meeting of Ministers of Culture of the Americas, to be held in Port-au-Prince on August 12-13.

In addition to President Martelly and Minister Rocourt, the meeting also included the OAS Director of the Department of Economic and Social Development
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OAS Secretary General Sends His Condolences to Chile for Earthquake Victims - Apr 4, 2014 - 1:02:39 AM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, sent his personal condolences and those of the institution he leads to the people and government of Chile for the victims of the successive and violent earthquakes that shook the South American country in the last days.

"My thoughts are with my fellow Chileans and, in particular, with the victims and families of those killed in this disaster," said the Secretary General. "Although Chileans are sadly familiar with these phenomena, we never get used to the consequences of death and destruction that we suffer every time the earth shakes," Insulza said. "That is why I’m sending everyone a fraternal embrace," added the OAS Secretary General from Panama, where he arrived from Chile to participate in an international meeting.
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OAS and Association of Caribbean States Seek to Strengthen Cooperation Ties - Mar 27, 2014 - 4:22:16 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today with the Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Alfonso Múnera Cavadía, with whom he discussed how to build a more active and dynamic partnership between the OAS and the ACS, based on the programs and initiatives in which both organizations have the potential to work more effectively.

At the meeting held at the OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, both leaders commented on the importance of taking a step forward in the joint work carried out and expanding the coordinated efforts on issues such as migration, sustainable development, education, culture, and tourism security. In this regard, they agreed to hold an inter-institutional meeting with experts of each institution in order to establish lines of action for such cooperation...
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Model OAS General Assembly for Students Opens with a Call for Participants to Commit to Seek a Better Life for All - Mar 27, 2014 - 4:17:22 PM

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The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, today opened the new edition of the Washington Model OAS General Assembly (WMOEA) for university students, a program designed to promote democratic values among the youth of the Hemisphere through a simulation of the Assembly, in which they become familiar with the work of the Organization and with its member states.

The annual event, which on this occasion gathers nearly 270 students from 25 universities—17 from the United States, 7 from Latin America and one from Canada—, was inaugurated with a call from the Assistant Secretary General to seize the opportunity presented to the young participants to contribute and exercise their social responsibility to provide better opportunities to those in need "by making efforts to build consensus and reach compromises acceptable to all."...
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Caribbean Chief Justices and Multidisciplinary Teams Participated in Workshop on Drug Treatment Courts - Mar 27, 2014 - 2:28:19 AM

The Organization of American States (OAS), in cooperation with the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals (CADTCP), held this week in Vancouver, Canada, a Drug Treatment Court (DTC) Exchange and On-Site Study Program event for four Caribbean countries: Jamaica, Belize, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Each country participating in the event sent a team made up of judges, magistrates, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, and treatment providers, as well as chief magistrates and chief justices.
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OAS Permanent Council Convenes High-level Meetings on Hemispheric Security - Mar 10, 2014 - 6:45:30 PM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today approved in its regular session convening two meetings of high-level officials and groups of experts on hemispheric security, which will take place at the Organization's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Council approved the holding of the Meeting of National Authorities on Transnational Organized Crime during April 24 and 25. The Vice Chair of the Committee on Hemispheric Security of the Permanent Council and Alternate Representative of the Dominican Republic, Flavio Medina, said the meeting will discuss "the implementation of the Hemispheric Plan of Action against Transnational Organized Crime, and efficient cooperation between member states."
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OAS and Paraguay Signed Agreement for the Celebration of the XLIV Regular Session of the General Assembly - Mar 6, 2014 - 5:46:27 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, Eladio Loizaga, today signed an agreement for the celebration of the Forty-Fourth Regular Session of the General Assembly in Asunción from June 3 to 5, 2014.

At the ceremony, held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, Secretary General Insulza thanked the Government of Paraguay and President Horacio Cartes for their generosity in offering their country as host and organizer of the hemispheric annual meeting. He recalled that the last time that Paraguay hosted the Assembly "was in 1990, almost a quarter of a century ago, when Paraguay had just returned to democracy and the inter-American system celebrated one hundred years of existence."
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OAS Secretary General Receives EU Special Representative for Human Rights‏ - Feb 27, 2014 - 4:24:39 PM
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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today received the Special Representative of the European Union (EU) for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis, at his office at the headquarters of the institution in Washington, DC.

During the meeting, the two discussed about the human rights situation in the region and the current context in the Hemisphere. In particular, Secretary General Insulza outlined to Representative Lambrinidis the process of strengthening the Inter-American Human Rights System conducted by OAS Member States which ended in March 2013...
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OAS to Host Meeting of Governmental Experts on Cyber Crime to Strengthen Legal Cooperation - Feb 25, 2014 - 3:37:26 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) will host, on February 27 and 28, national authorities and other governmental experts of the Americas on international legal cooperation to fight cyber crime, at an event to be inaugurated by the Secretary General of the Organization, José Miguel Insulza.

During the Eighth Meeting of the Working Group on Cyber Crime of the process of the Meetings of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA), a package of recommendations and concrete actions on cyber crime is expected to be adopted, which will be presented for the consideration and approval of the Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the member states of the OAS during their next meeting (REMJA X).
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OAS Meets to Analyze Sources of Terrorist Financing and Strengthening of Criminal Justice Systems - Feb 24, 2014 - 7:04:32 AM

The Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today inaugurated its fourteenth regular session in Washington, DC highlighting the importance of countering crimes committed by terrorist groups to finance their activities, and of strengthening justice systems in the region.

In the inaugural ceremony of the event, which will conclude tomorrow, the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Albert Ramdin welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of security and combating terrorism for the countries of the Hemisphere. “The leaders of our member states have made it clear by word and deed that terrorism undermines the pillars that this hemispheric Organization defends and promotes,” said Ambassador Ramdin...
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OAS-led Quality Management Standard on Electoral Processes Officially Approved by ISO - Feb 19, 2014 - 9:03:53 PM
The first ever international quality management standard for electoral processes, developed under the leadership of the Organization of American States (OAS), was officially published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on February 14th, 2014.

The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, expressed his satisfaction with the publication of the ISO standard which will allow electoral bodies on a global level to be certified against the standard. “The promotion and defense of democracy is a fundamental pillar of the OAS, and for that reason we in the Organization work persistently to improve electoral systems, an essential part of any democracy,” he said...
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