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Message from the Organization of American States on Pan American Day and Week

  April 12, 2015

On the occasion of Pan American Day, celebrated on April 14, and Pan American Week, from April 12-18, the Organization of American States (OAS) reiterates its strong political commitment to uniting our Americas to achieve peace, prosperity, justice and democracy.

That commitment to come together has just been demonstrated at our Summit of the Americas, held on April 10 and 11 in the center of our Hemisphere, in Panama. The Summit process not only brings together political leaders of our countries but our businesses, civil society groups and social actors in a spirit of sharing ideas, finding areas for cooperation and airing our differences through peaceful discourse.

Our continental community now embraces the 35 countries of the Americas, with all of their diversity, cultures and histories. Our community is more connected, both as a region and globally, than at any other time in history. Simultaneously, diversity in thought, communications, trade, investment, cultures, arts and education has exploded with new technologies and the increased mobility of our populations.

However, historic roots and long-standing commitments to peaceful cooperation provide our diverse nations with a solid foundation to define what we have in common and to determine areas of common action.

We have a great responsibility in the Americas to recognize and address our differences, while constantly using our inter-American family of institutions, our ministerial meetings and our range of government officials and non-governmental partners to find areas of agreement and a positive agenda for common actions.

Pan American Day is celebrated annually as a "commemorative symbol of the American nations and the voluntary union of all in one continental community" marking the anniversary of the day in 1890 when this union was established.

On behalf of the Organization of American States, we encourage communities across the Americas to celebrate our common spirit of cooperation and to build a better future together for the coming generations.

Reference: E-133/15