Press Release


OAS Signs Agreement for Forty-Third Regular Meeting of the General Assembly in Guatemala

  February 5, 2013

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Fernando Carrera, signed the agreement for the holding of the forty-third regular meeting of the OAS General Assembly, which will be held in Antigua, Guatemala, from June 4 to 6.

The senior OAS representative and Foreign Minister Carrera agreed that the General Assembly will be a unique opportunity to address hemispheric challenges on the issues of security, poverty and development.

Assistant Secretary General Ramdin expressed thanks to the government of Guatemala for its decision to host the OAS General Assembly for the third time in its history and stressed that this meeting of foreign ministers is an important time for multilateral diplomacy and a unique opportunity to discuss means of collaboration and to build consensus on how to solve the challenges facing our nations and improve the quality of life of our peoples.

Foreign Minister Carrera said he will be visiting the OAS in February to present the central theme of the General Assembly to the Permanent Council. Foreign Minister Carrera added that the General Assembly is a space for democratic interchange and political dialogue on current issues in the Americas.

As part of the events of the General Assembly, Assistant Secretary General Ramdin said the Model OAS for students will be held, as well as the Private Sector Forum and a competition for young entrepreneurs on innovation and technology. He also referred to the importance of the participation of different sectors of society through the dialogues of the OAS Secretary General and heads of delegation with representatives of civil society, the private sector and workers.

The signing ceremony was attended by senior government officials, members of the diplomatic community accredited in Guatemala and representatives of the private sector.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.

Reference: E-030/13