Center for Planning and Social Research.
Inter-American Training Center for Formulation and Evaluation of Projects.
Intergovernmental Coordinating Committee.
Inter-American Center for Integrated Development of Land and Water Resources.
Inter-American Center for Regional Development.
National Federation of Small Farmers.
National Development Council.
National Council on Natural Resources.
State Planning Agency of Zulia.
Cochabamba Departmental Development Corporation.
Regional Corporation for the Development of Uraba.
Development Corporation of the Zulia Region.
Development Action Plan for the Northwest Corridor (DELNO).
Department of Regional Development.
Economic Commission for Latin America.
Ecological Development Plan.
Study for the Integrated Development of the Upper Paraguay River Basin.
Latin American Social Science Faculty.
Financial Fund for the Development of the Plata Basin,
Dominican Agrarian Institute.
International Atomic Energy Agency.
International Bank for Reconstrucion and Development (World Bank).
Inter-American Development Bank.
National Colonization Institute.
National Institute for Water Science and Technology.
Dominican Water Resources Institute.
Ecuadorian Water Resources Institute.
National Institute for Price Stabilization.
Inter-Institutional Coordination Committee.
International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
National Housing Board.
National Planning Board.
Ministry of Small Farmer Affairs and Agriculture.
Ministry of Planning and Economic Policy.
Ministry of Transportation.
National Park Service.
Organization of American States.
National Planning Office.
Project for the Integrated Development of the Araguaia-Tocantins River Basin.
National Regionalization Planning Agency.
Renewable Natural Resources Unit.
Subsecretariat for Economic Affairs.
Secretariat of Human Settlements and Public Works.
Secretariat of Agriculture and Water Resources,
Secretariat of Agriculture.
Secretariat of Agrarian Reform.
Autonomous Agrarian University "Antonio Narro."
Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon.
United Nations Development Programme.
United Nations Education, Science, and Cultural Organization.
United Nations Children's Fund.
United States Agency for International Development.
THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES
The purposes of the Organization of American States (OAS) are to strengthen the peace and security of the Hemisphere; to prevent possible causes of difficulties and to ensure the pacific settlement of disputes that may arise among the member states; to provide for common action on the part of those states in the event of aggression; to seek the solution of political, juridical. and economic problems that may arise among them: and to promote, by cooperative action, their economic, social, and cultural development.
To achieve these objectives, the OAS acts through the General Assembly; the Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs; the three Councils (the Permanent Council, the Inter-American Economic and Social Council, and the Inter-American Council for Education. Science, and Culture); the Inter-American Juridical Committee; the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: the General Secretariat; the Specialized Conferences; and the Specialized Organizations.
The General Assembly holds regular sessions once a year and special sessions when circumstances warrant. The Meeting of Consultation is convened to consider urgent matters of common interest and to serve as Organ of Consultation in the application of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (known as the Rio Treaty), which is the main instrument for joint action in the event of aggression. The Permanent Council takes cognizance of matters referred to it by the General Assembly or the Meeting of Consultation and carries out the decisions of both when their implementation has not been assigned to any other body; monitors the maintenance of friendly relations among the member states and the observance of the standards governing General Secretariat operations; and. in certain instances specified in the Charter of the Organization, acts provisionally as Organ of Consultation under the Rio Treaty. The other two Councils, each of which has a Permanent Executive Committee, organize inter-American action in their areas and hold regular meetings once a year. The General Secretariat is the central, permanent organ of the OAS. The headquarters of both the Permanent Council and the General Secretariat is in Washington. D.C.
The Organization of American States is the oldest regional society of nations in the world. dating back to the First International Conference of American States, held in Washington, D.C., which on April 14.1890. established the International Union of American Republics. When the United Nations was established, the OAS joined it as a regional organization. The Charter governing the OAS was signed in Bogota in 1948 and amended by the Protocol of Buenos Aires, which entered into force in February 1970. Today the OAS is made up of thirty-two member states.
MEMBER STATES: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, The Bahamas, Commonwealth of, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Commonwealth of, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua. Panama. Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.