Political Dialogue

The OAS is the premier political forum of the Americas, where the independent countries of North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean come together to advance their common goals and work out their differences.

Political dialogue is important within each of the four pillars of the OAS––democracy, human rights, security, and development. It was at the OAS, for example, that the member states of the Organization negotiated the Inter-American Democratic Charter, a blueprint for what democracy should look like in the region.

Whether the issue is the rights of indigenous peoples, territorial disputes, or regional goals for education, the OAS is where multilateral dialogue takes place at many levels, such as the Permanent Council, ministerial meetings, and the Summits of the Americas process.