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OAS Mission to Federal Elections Notes Progress in Participation of Women in Political Activity in Mexico - Sep 2, 2015 - 3:57:54 PM

The considerable increase in women's political participation and efforts of Mexican legislators to reform the rules on political financing were among the main findings of the OAS Mission sent to the federal elections held on June 7 in Mexico.

The report, presented today to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States by the Chief of Mission, former President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla, acknowledged the efforts made through " an in-depth political and electoral reform approved by the Federal Congress in 2013 and 2014, which amended the Constitution, introduced new general election...
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OAS Secretary General Expresses Concern over Effects of Tropical Storm in Dominica - Aug 28, 2015 - 12:08:04 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has expressed his deep concern over the loss of life and damage to infrastructure and property in the Commonwealth of Dominica following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.

Even as the full scope of the devastation wrought was being assessed on the ground, the Secretary General transmitted to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit his personal sadness over the tragic effects of the disaster and his concern for the people of Dominica, and pledged the assistance, solidarity and support of the OAS...
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OAS Proposes Mechanisms for Dominican Republic-Haiti Dialogue and Support for Displaced Persons - Jul 29, 2015 - 6:53:04 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today recommended the establishment of mechanisms of dialogue between the Dominican Republic and Haiti to resolve the situation in the border zone between the two countries, beginning with a meeting between the two sides.

In addition, the OAS leader proposed seeking mechanisms to help the displaced persons, especially the most vulnerable. In particular, Secretary General Almagro proposed that the OAS facilitate the dialogue and that it support the processes of registration of migrants underway through the Universal Civil Identity Project of the Americas...
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Peru to Host the 23rd Inter-American Congress of Tourism, Coordinated by the OAS - Jun 26, 2015 - 12:24:23 PM

The 23rd Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism, coordinated by the Organization of American States (OAS), will be held in Lima on September 3 and 4, according to an agreement signed today by the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, and the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru, Magali Silva.

After signing the agreement, the Secretary General Almagro said "the aspect of community tourism and the historical depth that this perspective has in Peru will allow other states to learn about this experience and enrich it with their own perspectives..."
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(Video) Fred Mitchell remarks at OAS General Assembly "Present and Future of The OAS" - Jun 16, 2015 - 11:54:35 PM

Remarks by the Hon. Fredrick A. Mitchell, MP,  Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration 2015 OAS Regular Session of the General Assembly called, "Present and Future of The OAS" delivered on
June 15, 2015:

At the outset I wish to extend thanks, on behalf of the Government and People of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, for the stalwart leadership of immediate past Secretary General Insulza and outgoing Assistant Secretary General Ramdin over the past decade. We thank you for your stewardship which helped to ensure the OAS weathered the many economic and political storms that have characterized the last ten years...
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The Americas Becomes First Region in the World to Have an Instrument for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Older Persons - Jun 16, 2015 - 12:13:34 AM

The member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) today approved theInter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Personsduring the General Assembly of the institution, which was immediately signed by the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and Uruguay at OAS headquarters in Washington DC.

The purpose of the Convention -the first regional instrument of its kind in the world-, is to promote, protect and ensure the recognition and the full enjoyment and exercise, on an equal basis, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of older persons, in order to contribute to their full inclusion, integration and participation in society. The starting point of the...
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OAS, PAHO and International Institutions Join Forces to Tackle the Leading Causes of Death in the Americas - Jun 13, 2015 - 11:43:30 AM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will launch next Wednesday, June 17 in Washington, DC, the Inter-American Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), a multisectoral effort to combat the causes of 80% of deaths in the countries of the Americas.

The event will be opened by the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, with presentations by the Director of PAHO, Dr. Carissa Etienne, the President of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno, and other representatives of governments and institutions involved.
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Insulza ensures on departure that OAS “Much stronger than it was when I arrived” - May 22, 2015 - 5:27:35 PM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) bid farewell today to Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, who expressed pride in the work that has been done in the decade that he has led the hemispheric institution. “The Organization is much stronger now than when I arrived,” he said.

In his last appearance before the Council, Secretary General Insulza reiterated the need for the Organization to adapt to the challenges of the present day, and recalled the essence of his proposal on the Strategic Vision that he presented three years ago, and that the Organization approved last year: the OAS must be “an inclusive Organization, of sovereign and diverse countries, legitimized by democracy, acting on the same hemispheric agenda, in full condition of equality. That is what is demanded of the OAS of the 21st century, far from what was demanded of it during the Cold War.”
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Rahming among those paying tribute to outgoing OAS Secretary General - May 22, 2015 - 3:03:55 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the Organization of American States (OAS), was among those paying tribute to OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza during a Protocolary Meeting of the Permanent Council of the OAS on Friday, May 22, 2015, in the Hall of the Americas at OAS headquarters on 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, to bid farewell to the outgoing Secretary General.

Speaking on behalf of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, Dr. Rahming, who is also The Bahamas’ Ambassador to the United Nations, said that on “occasions such as this, I often reflect on the burdens of true leadership, the responsibility and obligations that come with executive management, the personal and professional sacrifices that often accompany authority, the thanklessness that is often all too common, particularly in respect of public service...”
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OAS Presents Report on Evaluation of Drug Policies in the Countries of the Hemisphere - May 1, 2015 - 1:47:53 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) today presented the 2013-2014 Report of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM), an analysis of drug policies of the member states that highlights the high level of compliance in general with the recommendations of the 2011-2015 Plan of Action of the 2010 Hemispheric Drug Strategy. The presentation took place in the context of the 57th Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) in Washington, DC, that concludes today.

The Report, covering the period from 2013 to mid-2014, presents the results of the Sixth Evaluation Round of the MEM, which is the instrument used by the OAS to measure the progress of actions taken by the member states to address the drug problem in the Hemisphere...
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OAS Secretary General Participates in Forum on Advances in Women´s Rights in the Americas - Apr 11, 2015 - 8:31:07 AM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, participated today in the forum “Progress of Women in the Americas: A critical overview of Beijing +20 and perspectives for the post-2015 development agenda,” together with the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama, Isabel Saint Malo, and the Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean of UN Women, Luiza Carvalho.

In the inauguration of the event, co-organized by the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS and UN Women, Secretary General Insulza highlighted the progress made in the legal and political frameworks regarding women’s´ rights in the Americas and the increase in their participation in labor markets...
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Trinidad and Tobago Assumes Chair of the OAS Permanent Council - Apr 2, 2015 - 10:34:57 PM

The Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the Organization of American States (OAS), Neil Parsan, today assumed the Chair of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric institution, a position he will hold for the next three months and in which he follows the Ambassador of Suriname, Niermala Badrising.

Upon assuming office, Ambassador Parsan expressed the honor he felt at leading the Permanent Council and reiterated the "commitment of Trinidad and Tobago to the values and principles of the OAS," which he promised to defend during his term.

The diplomat from Trinidad and Tobago recalled that with the new mandate, the countries of the Caribbean countries will have held...
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OAS Elects New Leadership - Mar 19, 2015 - 3:23:07 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday, March 18, elected a new Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General during a Special General Assembly held at the main building of the OAS on 17th Street, N.W.

Representatives of the 34-member states of the organization elected former Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro as the next Secretary-General during a morning session that continued well into the afternoon and later during the day, they elected His Excellency Nestor Mendez, Belize Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the OAS, as the next Assistant Secretary-General of the hemispheric institution...
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Gomez addresses OAS Committee - Mar 19, 2015 - 5:22:01 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Declaring that the Government of The Bahamas is currently working on an Anti-corruption Action Plan which will build on existing initiatives, Minster of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez told a committee of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday, March 17, that the Bahamas Government is aware that the “attainment of values such as morality, trust and ethics in Government involves the integrated effort of the entire society and its constituent elements and institutions – legislative, executive, political, judicial, religious, and civil – all engaging with each other to ensure transparency, accountability, and good governance...”
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OAS Member States Highlight the Importance of Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug Related Offenders - Mar 14, 2015 - 12:48:40 PM

The Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), Paul Simons, this week moderated a debate held in Vienna, Austria, in the framework of the meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) of the United Nations, in which several member states of the OAS emphasized the importance of alternatives to incarceration for drug-related offenses.

During the meeting of high-level officials from Colombia, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States, as well as several OAS observer countries, participants discussed the development and implementation of alternatives to incarceration for drug-related offenders. Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) of the United States; Roberto Campa...
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Haiti withdraws offer to host OAS XLV General Assembly - Feb 27, 2015 - 3:48:01 PM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) took note today of the notification of the withdrawal of its offer to host the XLV General Assembly of the Organization due to “financial and logistical constraints” currently experienced by the Government of Haiti, as expressed by the country´s Foreign Minister, Duly Brutus, in a letter sent to the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza.

The Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Suriname to the Organization, Niermala Badrising, informed the representatives of the situation and reported that the discussion on the new site will be on the agenda of the next meeting of the Permanent Council...
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OAS Mission in Haiti: Elections Marked a Step Forward - Aug 10, 2015 - 10:10:51 PM

Despite some incidents

Port Au Prince ---- The Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) that observed the first round of legislative elections in Haiti on Sunday, August 9, highlighted that despite some incidents of violence, most polling stations were able to conclude their operations as planned, and characterized the holding of the elections as a step forward for Haitian democracy...
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OAS Chief of Observation Mission to Haiti Discusses Sunday´s Vote with Electoral Authorities and Head of MINUSTAH - Aug 6, 2015 - 7:52:24 PM

The Chief of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission to the legislative elections in Haiti to be held this Sunday, August 9, today discussed the organization of the process with electoral officials, party representatives and the Head of MINUSTAH, as the Mission completed its deployment.

The Chief of Organization of American States (OAS) Mission, José Enrique Castillo Barrantes, met today with the President of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), Pierre Louis Opont; the United Nations Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Sandra Honoré; and representatives of political parties...
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Nestor Mendez Takes Office as OAS Assistant Secretary General - Jul 20, 2015 - 10:01:40 AM

The former Permanent Representative of Belize to the Organization of American States (OAS) Nestor Mendez took office today as the new Assistant Secretary General of the institution, in a ceremony attended by the Minister of Foreign Relations of Belize, Wilfred Elrington.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, congratulated the new Assistant Secretary General and said “I have nothing short of great expectations for our work together.” The OAS leader added “there are exciting times ahead and our task is one borne of the trust that has been placed in our hands...
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OAS Deploys Mission to Assess Situation of Haitian Migrants - Jul 9, 2015 - 6:50:35 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) sent this Thursday a special mission to the Dominican Republic and Haiti in order to gather information on the situation of Haitian migrants in the field and, following its analysis, to prepare a report for the Secretary General of the hemispheric institution, Luis Almagro.

The mission, headed by the OAS Secretary for Political Affairs, the Mexican Francisco Guerrero, will initiate its work in Santo Domingo this Friday and will end its activities in Haiti on July 14.
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