Recent Initiatives and Outcomes

The Seventh Council Meeting of the IABIN

Experts identify lessons learned of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN). Washington D.C, September 28-30, 2011. Press release.

Dialogue Series in framework of Rio +20

Renowned specialists participate in Dialogue on Governance for Sustainability in Washington, D.C., September 15, 2011. Read DSD Roadmap to Rio +20
International Year of Forests, 2011.

Under the slogan "Celebrating the International Year of Forests: Sustainable Forest Management for the People of the Americas” the Department of  Sustainable Development of the OAS is pleased to join the United Nations (UN) to increase awareness about the importance of forests. See more in Américas Magazine article in the May/June 2011 issue.

Second Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable Development..
Following-up on a mandate from the Heads of State and Government of the Americas from the Fifth Summit of the Americas, on January 26th member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) officially Convened the Second Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities on Sustainable Development. This meeting, supported by the OAS Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) took place on November 17-19 in Santo Domingo. More...

OAS-DSD Launched a Book on Sustainable Development in the Caribbean
Titled, “Sustainable Development in the Caribbean, Contemporary Issues, Challenges and Opportunities” seeks to gather the diverse initiatives in this area to increase the knowledge base and literature in this field and foster the exchange of information and experiences. On-line bookstore
The Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) supports OAS member States in the design and implementation of policies, programs and projects oriented to integrate environmental priorities with poverty alleviation, and socio-economic development goals. Translating sustainable development and environmental protection goals into concrete actions, DSD supports the execution of multiple-country projects in such diverse areas as integrated water management, Energy and Climate Change Mitigation, Risk Management and Adaptation to climate change, biological diversity and environmental law and policy. The Department also supports transparency and Public Participation, as practical ingredients of good governance. More...

► DSD Director to participate as Chair and Deliver Key Note Address at First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations on Freshwater Governance Beyond Rio+20: Meeting the Sustainability Challenge. October 26-28, 2011. Bangkok, Thailand. Announcement l Draft Agenda l List of Participants

► OAS and Honduras Sign Cooperation Agreements, including Biofuels Project. See Press Release.

► Fund for International Development (OFID)- Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) Programme Cycle. Call for proposal l FAQ's. l General information Eng l Fr.

► The new ECPA site is now live! You can visit it at:

► See available consultation opportunities for Sustainable Energy Technical Assistance (SETA) for a Competitive OECS  2011. Public Education Awareness Consultancy, and Legislative Reform Consultancy.


November 13-19, 2011. Medellin, Colombia. Seventh Inter-American Dialogue on Water Management (D7).