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AGREEMENT FOR THE EXECUTION OF THE TWENTY-THIRD MODEL OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN SANTO DOMINGO

  September 14, 2005

During his recent visit to the OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., on September 13, 2005 the President of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Leonel Fernández, signed an Agreement with the General Secretariat of the OAS, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE/GFDD) and the United Nations Association in the Dominican Republic (UNA-DR) for the implementation of the Twenty-third Model OAS General Assembly for Universities. The Assembly will be held in Santo Domingo, from March 5 to 10, 2006.

The Model OAS General Assembly (MOAS) for students is a simulation of the OAS General Assemblies, where students represent the Member States through role-playing. The MOAS’ main purpose is to familiarize the students with the OAS and its role as a hemispheric forum where its Member States debate important issues related to political, economic, social, and security matters affecting the hemisphere. Through their participation in this exercise the students gain awareness of the role that diplomacy and negotiations play in reaching consensus on hemispheric issues.

Participation in the 23rd MOAS is open to students from the Dominican Republic and other countries of the hemisphere. This model assembly is very beneficial and rewarding for students of political science, international relations, international law, Latin American and Caribbean studies, diplomacy, international business, government and history. General information regarding the MOAS can be found on the OAS web page http://www.oas.org/main/english/; go to the “Outreach” icon and click on “Model Assemblies.” A web page with specific information on the 23rd MOAS, both in Spanish and English, will be available soon. Questions can be addressed to:

General Secretariat of the OAS:
• Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Ms. Nelly L. Robinson, MOAS Programs Coordinator, nrobinson@oas.org; tel. (202) 458-6897; fax (202) 458-6832 (Spanish & English).
• OAS Office in the Dominican Republic, Ms. Bertha Santoscoy, Director, oeard@verizon.net.do; tel. (809) 533-1962, (809) 533-8024, (809) 532-1788; fax (809) 535-4680.
UNA-DR:
• Ms. Pilar Sandoval, Executive Director, psandoval@unadr.org; tel. (809) 689-2300; fax (809) 685-9926.
FUNGLODE/GFDD:
• Washington, D.C. Office, Ms. Natasha Despotovic, Executive Director, natasha.d@funglode.org; tel. (202) 458-3734; fax (458) 3526.
• Santo Domingo Office, Ms. Yamile Eusebio, Educational Affairs Coordinator, y.eusebio@funglode.org; tel. (809) 685-9966; fax (809) 685-9926.

Reference: E-MOAS/05